New Year, New Office

New Year, New Office

December 16, 2019

By Samantha Goodman

Everything around us is constantly changing and the place where we spend the majority of our day and life is, too – our offices. Coworking spaces are on the rise due to their versatile environments, accommodating freelancers, entrepreneurs, remote workers, and more. They allow workers to work how they want, specifically their setting in which they work.

Coworking spaces offer a variety of furniture and locations to accomplish your work. Whether you enjoy working outside in the sun, on a couch, in a standard desk, standing up, with one monitor or two, they offer it. If you prefer to have your own designated desk, that is possible typically for an additional fee. For workers who need silence, spaces typically have designated offices that workers can escape to when they need a quiet workspace. Conversely, if you thrive on human interaction, you’re destined to attract someone in the communal areas. One thing you won’t find in a coworking space? A cubicle and I know you’re happy about that.

Coworking spaces are designed with productivity as a priority. K2 Space, an office design company, reported that 21 percent of UK workers feel they would be more productive if they were in a workplace that was better designed (Allwork, 2018). Many coworking spaces offer phone booths for private calls and whiteboards for brainstorming big pictures. At Mill Race, each day coffee is brewed and tea is readily available to give you an extra caffeine boost to jumpstart your work. Distractions are also limited to the best ability. Compared to working at home, there’s no laundry or cleaning to do, or screaming children, just passionate people sharing working space.

K2 also reported that 42 percent of respondents claimed that natural light is the desired element in a workspace (2018). Coworking spaces often incorporate windows producing as much natural light as possible in prime business hours. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (2013), “Workers without windows reported poorer scores than their counterparts on quality of life measures related to physical problems and vitality, as well as poorer outcomes on measures of overall sleep quality, sleep efficiency, sleep disturbances and daytime dysfunction. At Mill Race, windows can be found in every room, in addition to every exterior wall in the space allowing workers to receive natural light and watch over the river and Main Street.

As you contemplate your current workspace occupying old cubicles, artificial light, and a work-focused atmosphere, consider changing it up and working from a coworking space. While you may not think it is for you, you’d be surprised to find out that coworking spaces can adapt to each unique individual.

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