For a modern remote worker who works from home, it’s important to fight isolation and boredom. This means finding ways to shake up your routine and to add a social aspect to the work week.
One way to do this is to add coworking to your work-from-home routine.
Here’s why embracing a more flexible approach to workspace is increasingly popular.
Psychosocial health benefits
Working from home may seem like a no-brainer but it has its drawbacks. Staying motivated and keeping cheerful is challenging when you’re alone for up to eight hours a day.
It’s easy to get bogged down, side-tracked and depressed when it’s just you, your mobile and the PC monitor.
That’s when coworking is a game-changer.
According to a recent study, people working in shared spaces say enhanced social interaction (92.2%) and the ability to better separate personal life from work life (85.9%) are key motivators.
There’s a strong feeling of growing, thriving and fitting in to what respondents acknowledged are “social and highly valued workplaces”.
Stronger work ethic
In the same study, higher levels of productivity (89.1%), concentration (71.9%) and self-organisation (92.2%) were flagged as benefits of working within a diverse and interesting community.
Coworking spaces are perceived as the optimal workplace in terms of overall satisfaction, with 81.3% of participants agreeing with this sentiment.
By working in a business-like environment, at least part of the time, you can improve productivity, achieve your goals and maximise workflow. This work ethic then extends to your “home office”.
Sense of community
Coworking embraces community. It provides exciting networking opportunities that are not present at home or in the traditional office.
As one executive says, “Our belief is that mixing creative teams from different industries will spawn ‘happy accidents’ that inspire innovation, new products and different ways of thinking.”
The coworking space is the only workplace where you can mingle and feed off different people, from freelancers and entrepreneurs to CEOs of multinationals.
In addition to the benefits presented by a diverse business community, there’s a strong social element that can, and often does, spill over into coworkers’ private lives.
When you share a workspace, there’s a good chance you’ll expand your social circle too.
Access to shared resources
We’re all feeling the economic pinch. One way to reduce home office overheads is to work remotely a few days a week and share the costs.
The best coworking spaces offer high-speed internet connectivity, a receptionist and access to business services 24/7, either as part of the rate or at a minimal extra cost.
If you want to host new clients, facilities like meeting rooms, boardrooms and restaurants are often available onsite.
Coworking at The Workspace
Integrating coworking with your work-from-home routine offers the best of both worlds – and at The Workspace, it’s an affordable choice. We offer stylish, well-equipped coworking space at each of our branches in Gauteng.
All our members have access to fast Wi-Fi, meeting rooms, boardrooms and a range of business services. For more information about coworking at The Workspace, call us on 087 059 7777 or contact us online.