A recent study shows that over 70% of people would leave their jobs for a position that allows them to work remotely. This fact has already led many employers to transition some of their highest paid positions to being entirely or partially location-independent, and setting up processes for remote collaboration.
Many would agree that a balance of office and remote work can increase collaboration results. There are plenty of processes and collaboration software that are designed to help improve communication in remote teams, but sometimes the reality of not having a specific office to work in each day can be challenging and even decrease productivity. People are creatures of habit; with a remote position comes the challenge to create an independent routine without anyone overseeing what you actually do on a day-to-day basis. If you have a telecommuting job and are longing for an office setting or community, coworking spaces may just be the place for you.
Coworking By the Numbers
Coworking locations are essentially a designated space for remote workers, entrepreneurs, and even start-up businesses to work from in a collaborative setting. If your business is entirely made up of remote workers, it can be difficult to gain a real sense of company culture or to regularly collaborate and network with like-minded colleagues. Coworking gives people who have the option to telecommute a chance to establish a community of similarly remote workers and habitually return to one dependable, dynamic office setting.
Already, the future of the business world is leaning towards co-working. According to the Global Coworking Survey in 2017, the amount of people renting a workstation in a coworking space reached a whopping 1 million (up from 510,000 in 2015). This high number is a result of there being over 13,800 coworking spaces worldwide today, compared to 8,700 in 2015. This trend is further reflected buy code working managers on a global scale—39% of whom plan to open a new space, and 27% of whom plan to expand their existing space to incorporate more desks.
The Many Advantages of Coworking for Remote Collaboration
Clearly, the popularity of coworking spaces across the globe demonstrates that these types of spaces are extremely popular among remote workers, who are also known as digital nomads. People genuinely like to feel a sense of belonging, and these spaces give remote workers that chance to be part of a community when they otherwise wouldn’t normally interact with like-minded workers on a daily basis. A report by Harvard Business Review cited the following advantages to coworking:
- Improved creativity
- Furthered remote collaboration
- Less competition
- Strengthened work identity
- More flexible hours
Telecommuters who use coworking spaces during the day also find that they often thrive in their positions when given the chance to work and environment with other creative, collaborative people. Plus, it is sometimes a relief to simply have the option retreating to an office setting if needed, as it can become draining to work from home all day, every day, with no one else around.
Next time you are feeling isolated while working from home, consider trying out a coworking space in your local area in order to meet and work among some like-minded telecommuters and entrepreneurs.
Contribution from freelance writer Jenny Holt. Jenny’s previous experience in business has allowed her to specialize in the sector, although she also enjoys writing about entrepreneurship, leadership and new technology.