Who hasn’t dreamt of working from home — no more alarm clocks beeping, lengthy commutes at rush hour or having to choose fancy office attire over pyjama pants, so the vision goes. It’s a life that many freelancers, remote workers and other independent professionals choose.
But many of those who have traded corporate for coffee shops are now turning to a new environment: coworking spaces.
Sharing workspace and renting a desk in a flexible office has taken off in popularity in recent years because of the endless opportunities it offers to socialize, network, collaborate with other like-minded professionals and increase productivity.
According to studies, one of the biggest factors that determines productivity at the office is the workspace itself and a well-designed space can increase productivity by 20 per cent.
Whether renting by the hour, setting up a more permanent environment at home or tweaking the space at your office desk, here are the top three things to create a more efficient workspace:
Lighting: Choose a desk next to a window if you can for natural light or, if not, consider bringing natural light bulbs. Many of the coworking offices are now focused on light, airy spaces and décor.
Noise level: Everyone has a different tolerance to noise and, for some, too quiet is just as bad as too loud. Part of the appeal with coworking spaces is the chance to be around other people but, unlike your neighbourhood coffee shop, there are designated quiet zones and respect for fellow workers.
Refreshments: Almost all the coworking offices offer a fully equipped kitchen with amenities like blenders, toaster ovens and espresso machines. Some offer limitless coffee or beer on tap. Whatever fuels your brain should be easily accessible, wherever you choose to work.