It’s no secret that we think coworking is awesome. It’s a ready-to-go creative space where you’re free to work alongside like-minded humans to build your business and strap a rocket to your great ideas.
But we are now discovering that not only is coworking good for business, it is good for your health. According to an Office Vibe poll, 70% of respondents reported that they felt healthier than they did working in a traditional office setting and 68% said they were able to focus better while coworking.
So, if you’re finding that life in a cubicle is stifling your creativity, then is it possible that it’s also impacting your health? And what if making the jump to a coworking space could help to improve your physical and mental health?
Check out why coworking is better for your mind, your body and of course, your business.
Work to live, don’t live to work
Eat, sleep, work, repeat isn’t good for us. It’s bad for our mental health and it has been suggested that it’s also bad for your physical health.
A study of over 8000 Australians found that working over 39 hours a week puts your health at risk. You could be creating unhealthy sleeping patterns for yourself, reducing the amount of available time you have for exercise and even affecting your relationships.
When you connect to a 24/7 coworking space, you’re free to reconnect to a headspace where you can set your own work schedule and make that morning surf or jog before dinner a reality.
Working nine-to-five, that’s no way to make a living
If you’re currently working in an office environment it’s likely that you have witnessed the trend for standing desks. It’s based on research that suggests we should be cutting down on time spent sitting at work by around two hours per day.
We agree! A sedentary lifestyle is most definitely counter-productive to our health but to be honest the jury is still out as to whether standing desks are the answer. After all, people who stand still all day as part of their job (such as checkout staff) also suffer from related health problems.
Why not join a workplace where yoga rooms, games rooms, bike racks and break out spaces are just part of the landscape? Life is all about balance and if you’re sitting, standing and moving through a collaborative space, we think you’ll be able to find your balance.
Is your home office bad for your health?
One downside to the explosion of technology that has taken place over the past few decades is an increase in social isolation. Many of us are not just able to work from home but encouraged to do so.
This is a positive in many ways. We set our own schedules and we have more options than ever before when it comes to childcare, but for many people isolation from a community and from regular social interactions is becoming a rising health concern.
One poll conducted by Brigham Young University found that social isolation increases your risk of death by 30%. Some researchers have so far as to claim that loneliness may be more of a health factor than exercise, smoking or obesity.
Put fitness first.
Putting fitness at the forefront of your life can be difficult when you are juggling multiple commitments between work life and home life. Many coworking spaces like Christie Spaces are choosing to create a coworking environment that makes fitness easy.
From dedicated yoga spaces, to showers and bike racks to make your commute greener and healthier, there’s never been a better time to embrace coworking as not only a way to boost your business, but to boost your physical and emotional health.
Cowork brings meaning to chaos.
Working alongside a diverse range of freelancers, entrepreneurs and industry leaders creates a buzz and creates an atmosphere that promotes creativity. And because you’re working with individuals and groups from a wide range of unconnected businesses, you’re not in direct competition so internal politics is minimised and workplace stress is reduced.
The Coworking Manifesto has been signed by over 2300 workspaces and the document promotes collaboration over competition, community over agendas and participation over observation. This is the difference between choosing a space in which to work… and choosing a space that works for you.