Jinghui, Concept Folks
Co-working spaces present an elegant solution to what is now obvious for many in lockdown. Working from home isn’t what it’s cracked out to be. There’s neither the warm camaraderie nor the speedy Wi-Fi one needs to make things work, not to mention good coffee. As Singapore anticipates its phased reopening next week, we wanted to share the top 5 benefits to co-working spaces we’re looking forward to return to post-circuit breaker:
1. Great features
Brightly coloured furniture, expansive lounges, and sleek private offices are just the tip of the iceberg. We miss the music-jamming with like-minded entrepreneurs. The amenities that facilitated downtime and space to de-stress from work, while giving us our little niche to put in the work itself.
2. The flexibility to scale businesses
Because you pay for as much space as you need, co-working spaces enable businesses to remain agile and quickly adapt to change, unlike in a traditional office space. Built-in perks like printing services and catered lunches also provide a great way to save on overhead costs and keep them to a minimum. In a global pandemic, every dollar counts, and these little things matter more than ever.
3. Enhanced productivity
There’s something about being surrounded with a whole bunch of people plugged in to their laptop, hard at work that keeps us on our toes. Psychologists call it the Equity Theory, where we naturally gauge how and how much we’re expected to work by observing others around us. Working from home – isolated – makes it harder to do so, and multiple temptations threaten to disrupt us from work at any time. With co-working spaces, we feel less bored and alone, making it easier to focus on work and stay motivated.
4. A structured lifestyle
This circuit breaker, one of the most important things experts have recommended to stay sane has been to maintain a daily routine. Co-working spaces help to maintain that physical boundary between work and home life so your day runs like clockwork – enter the office and the work day begins; leave the office and the work day ends. If you don’t have the luxury of personal space at home, this structure becomes significantly harder to maintain. Co-working spaces offer the routine we need to keep track of time and own regular working hours, leading to a more balanced lifestyle.
5. A vibrant community
Above all, the diverse community of professionals that thrive off co-working spaces is its biggest asset, and what we miss the most. Be it through networking or mentorship opportunities, co-working spaces provide folks with an excellent opportunity to collaborate with other like-minded individuals. This strong sense of camaraderie is the kind that inspires breakthrough creativity and futuristic innovation. it’s easy to stay motivated when you’re amongst individuals equally committed to living their dreams and facing all challenges.
Which benefit to co-working spaces do you miss the most? Let us know in the comments below.