Remote Employees: Work From Home or Rent a Space?
For many of us, working from home seems like it would be a dream. Being able to work in your pyjamas with just your laptop and a hot cup of coffee does sound like the ideal gig, but the truth is, many people prefer to work in an office space.
As much as I would love to work remotely, I personally find it more difficult to get things done and need to work in an actual office setting to feel like I’m being fully productive. There are pros and cons to both working remotely and working in a co-working space and everybody has a different preference. The good news is you can actually do both!
Working remotely is a great option for people who have commitments that prevent them from being able to work a full week in an office, such as young children or a sick spouse or family member. Working from home may also appeal to homebodies who feel more at ease at home, while still being productive and getting things done. Remote employees have a unique opportunity to spend time at home with their pets or loved ones, while still getting work done. If you are able to stay on track and aren’t easily distracted, working from home can be a great choice.
While exclusively working from home can be beneficial for some, many people feel that they simply can’t get any work done while working from home. Social individuals tend to thrive more in an office setting, even if it’s not a formal office setting. Co-working spaces have been gaining popularity over the last few years because they allow workers to get out of their house and work in a more public setting, while still being able to work in their own way. Many co-working spaces have high ceilings, lounge areas, and plenty of natural sunlight, a far cry from the typical cubicle in an office. If you are thinking about renting a coworking space, there are many affordable options to fit your budget, so check out different co-working spaces, such as:
- Open offices for free space and great ideas
- Private offices for more quiet, focused situations
- Project spaces for constructive interaction
You might feel like you have to choose between exclusively working remotely or exclusively co-working, but that is not the case. Both can be beneficial at different times. Working remotely is great for days when you’re not feeling your best and would rather hang out on the couch in your pyjamas. Working in a co-working space is a good option for days when you need to get work done without any distractions. Don’t feel like you need to choose one or the other all the time. Splitting your time between working from home and co-working can be beneficial to both your efficiency and your mental health.