By: Katie Pownall
Over the past year or so there has been a noticeable shift in the mindset of both employers and employees as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Having made the switch to working from home, many people are reconsidering whether they need to return to working at a desk in a traditional office space full time. On the other hand, solely working from home is not always the most ideal option either. So, what is the alternative?
The solution for many people may be co-working spaces. This option allows businesses to give employees the flexibility to combine office working with some working from home, while also minimizing the cost of running an office space. Co-working spaces are becoming increasingly popular, and it is easy to see why!
A unique benefit of co-working spaces is how attractive they areas a proposition for both employers and employees.For employers, co-working spaces offer a cost-effective solution to the challenge of finding great office space for their employees. The best employers want to be able offer their employees desks in office spaces that promote productivity and good mental health. This is a tricky combination to get right, but many co-working spaces are great for this -employees are not tied to their desks, but instead can use the space in a way that suits them best. Co-working spaces are specifically designed to encourage people to work effectively, often providing amenities that make office working more appealing for employees.
Working from home
For employees, co-working spaces provide an excellent bridge between working from home and office working. Many employees are now working from home, so making the transition back to office-based working can come as a shock to the system as they try to make their lives post-pandemic fit into a pre-pandemic environment. By using co-working spaces, people are able to return to a desk in an office-space that is not at home, but which provides many of the benefits that they have come to love through working at home. They are able to take advantage of spaces designed to encourage productivity, whether for a set number of days per week as determined by their employer, or at their own discretion.
Co-working is a great option for entrepreneurs too. The number of entrepreneurs seems to be higher than ever before, due to the pandemic forcing many people to find alternative forms of income. These people would be likely to benefit greatly from office space but may not be able to afford to rent an office space solely for themselves or their small team. That’s why a co-working space is the perfect solution; a co-working space allows people to take a desk in a great office space that they would otherwise be unable to afford.
It is no exaggeration to say that co-working spaces are more popular than ever before, and it seems likely they will continue to grow in popularity as more people continue to sing their praises.