Worldwide, many people are growing tired of working from home. Even so, the majority of employees don’t want to return to a rigid nine-to-five, Monday to Friday, in the office.
Flexible workspace can help alleviate many of the problems associated with working from home.
Fatigue and working from home
After nearly two years of working from home, many people are feeling drained and fatigued. And there’s good reason.
Many of us are actually working longer hours – up to an additional 4.64 hours a day. It’s easy to see why. We feel the pressure to be productive and the work is right in front of us, so it’s hard to set boundaries.
Working at home means work and life blend together more than is natural and healthy. There’s very little physical and mental separation, so we don’t get to switch off.
Only a lucky few have a dedicated workspace or the equipment and limitless Wi-Fi to work at home efficiently. Often, we work at the dining table (in our pyjamas), surrounded by breakfast dishes and the detritus of life. Family, pets and household chores are constant interruptions and distractions.
For many home workers, the day is spent in front of a computer, intensely focused on endless Zoom and Microsoft Teams meetings. We see clients and colleagues online but are deprived of normal communication and social interaction.
Alongside this intensity and isolation, we’ve developed bad habits – snacking from the pantry, staying up late, not dressing in work clothes and neglecting exercise. No wonder we’re exhausted.
How flexible workspace can help
A flexible workspace can mitigate many of the reasons we’re feeling burned out and tired of working from home.
It offers a variety of places – and ways – for members to go to work on flexible terms. This includes fully furnished, serviced offices in a range of sizes from single-person offices to offices suitable for teams, as well as coworking desks that are ideal for freelancers, entrepreneurs and small business owners.
A professional work environment – when you need it
There’s a huge psychological benefit to getting dressed for work, leaving your home and going to an office. It’s energising, creates separation and focuses your mind on work. You leave the distractions and frustrations of domestic life at home.
A flexible workspace offers a professional work environment when you need it. You may want to use flexible workspace to meet clients and for team meetings, or simply to work in a professional environment. This doesn’t have to be every day. It could be once or twice a week or for a week at a time.
At The Workspace, we offer flexible agreements for private serviced offices or coworking space. Our new Pay As You Grow system allows you and your team the flexibility to book office space online when you need it, for as long as you need it, as your business grows.
You can book office space or coworking space by the day for up to five days, or book office space by the week with one of our five-day packages.
The online booking system allows members to make short-term bookings by the day or week. Getting office space has never been quicker or simpler.
Access to facilities and services
As well as an upmarket office space, flexible workspaces provide professional facilities and services that you can’t get at home.
At The Workspace, all members have access to:
- professional meeting rooms and boardrooms
- high speed Wi-Fi internet
- kitchen and lounge facilities
- daily servicing of your work area.
Interaction with other professionals
The lack of real face-to-face interaction with colleagues, clients and other professionals is one of the hardships of working from home. Flexible workspace enables in-person interaction with a community of inspiring professionals, providing much-needed business – and social – communication.
The social aspect of being a member of a flexible workspace is just one of the benefits. It provides excellent networking opportunities because there are multiple entrepreneurs and businesses sharing the facilities in the same building.
Many branches of The Workspace host regular networking events. These were temporarily put on hold due to the pandemic, but – with appropriate safety measures in place – are starting up again.
What we offer at The Workspace
If you’re tired of working from home, a more flexible workspace setup might energise and inspire you.
At The Workspace, we offer affordable, fully serviced offices and coworking, and all our members have access to meeting rooms, boardrooms and a range of business services. For more information or to book a tour of one of our branches, call us on 087 059 7777 or contact us online.