In 2016, employees, freelancers and other workers are remotely now more than ever before, and the trend looks to continue as we see a paradigm shift in how people work.
It makes sense too - how convenient and beneficial for all is it to be able to work for a company that might be on the other side of the planet without having to relocate one’s entire life? Working from home does have its downsides though – distractions are all too common, facilities are generally poorer than an office environment, and you have no professional location to meet clients.
The answer to this problem has been delivered in the form of co-working spaces, which offer great benefits for both the remote worker and the companies that utilize them.
Co-working spaces are blooming across the country – by the end of 2016, there will be over 10,000 co-working space options in America, and the number of people going to these co-working spaces has increased by 50% in just two years.
The most obvious benefit of using a co-working space is that it actually increases productivity in most working scenarios. In a survey by DeskMag, 71% of respondents said their creativity increased in a co-working space, and 62% said the standard of their work had improved.
One reason considered for this boost in productivity is the more work-like environment, giving the remote worker a sense of purpose, rather than a sense of relaxation they can feel from a home environment.
The co-working arrangement also allows for interactions with other working people, which will give most people additional external motivation.
Remote workers working in a co-working space also benefit from the many possibilities for collaboration among other co-workers that are sharing the space. Even though they might not be in the same industry, remote workers get ideas, form networks and provide valuable and more efficient solutions for a company compared to the standard office worker who works next to other employees of the same company (or works in an isolated home environment).
Collaborating with the other workers in the workspace gives a greater chance for ideas to form, new strategies to be implemented and an overall boost in personal growth. This collaborative atmosphere not only allows the employee but also the company to benefit from new possibilities and solutions that would have never been possible without co-working spaces.
Beneficial connections are another big plus of co-working spaces. By meshing remote workers from different industries together, you are creating an atmosphere that is filled with knowledge that normally would not be together.
This provides the opportunity for remote workers to expand their horizons and further their potential offerings. By teaming up with other remote workers, it will allow new and amazing prospects to become available.
Remote workers who work in co-working spaces will also be able to meet new friends and better balance their social lives with work.
The community atmosphere promotes networking and friendships. There is a sense of camaraderie when you are part of a group of like-minded individuals, who may not be working on the same things or for the same companies, but still working together on a daily basis.
As new friendships develop, it becomes socially beneficial to everyone involved. Since the co-working spaces are filled with remote workers, there is no specific boss, supervisor or task leader to nip the fun in the bud.
Remote workers have no one to answer to directly, making the environment a relaxed and laid back atmosphere where people work at their leisure and do so in a positively charged space.
In a co-working space, you will often find times when a company needs you to do something that you are not best qualified to do. If the person who sits at the desk next to yours happens to have the experience, the work can be passed off to them easily.
This is a great way to pool resources together and profit. By networking within your co-working space, you will be able to gain additional work when these situations arise. It is not unheard of for companies to seek out their remote workers at co-working spaces just for this purpose.
Of course, co-working spaces reduce costs compared to the expense of an entire office. Electricity costs are shared, as are facilities are used infrequently such as high quality printers and meeting rooms.
Thrive, in Alpharetta, Georgia, is an example of a low cost modern co-working space that offers perks such as free coffee and snacks, a personal locker, dedicated desks, high speed Wi-Fi and conference rooms. From just $99 per month, you can have a professional office setting in the heart of thriving downtown Alpharetta.
Co-working spaces are a benefit to both the company and the remote worker. The benefits range across both the professional and private lives of the remote worker, and co-working spaces actually create benefits that would not be possible in any other situation.
The trend of remote workers working from home may decline, as more and more of these hard working individuals migrate to a local co-working space to reap the benefits of this new-wave way of getting the job done. Co-working spaces and remote workers are fast becoming the normal way that businesses handle their paid employees and outsourced work.