Working from home is a great idea, in theory. The illusion of a malleable schedule that can be altered on the fly is attractive but inevitably proves too good to be true for the majority of people. Distraction creeps around every corner, whether it is your bedroom or the closest café to your house. So, if you don’t want to work from home and you aren’t able to buy, or rent, your own office space, where are you expected to turn? Shared workspaces.
Shared workspaces, commonly known as co-working, occupy the middle ground between the aforementioned options. They offer a solution for entrepreneurs and businesses, no matter the scale. Shared workspaces take care of all that ‘office stuff’. At The Rostie Group, your complementary coffee, office cleaning, and anything else you would have to do should you work from home, is taken care of. When you come into work, you do just that.
They also address the issues that aren’t tangible. For many people, the productivity evoked by an office cannot be matched. Being around others who are also focused and working lights a fire beneath them and inspires performance. The connection between isolation, experienced primarily when working from home, and the negative effects on an individual’s mental health has been increasingly documented.
The Harvard Business Review published a study, finding that 83% of people reported that they are less lonely since starting working in a shared workspace and 89% of the same people polled claimed that they were happier overall. It’s important to note that the study was initially conducted with no focus on the social benefits that a shared workspace can provide. The results were so potent that the conductors of the study simply could not omit them.
Shared workspaces were born as a solution for decade-long, persistent, problems. Now, instead of just solving those problems; Shared workspaces are adding to the overall work experience, leaving a lasting impression on those who are making the switch.