If you’re an employee who works from home, you aren’t alone. In fact, working outside of a traditional office is a growing trend in the United States, one that is expected to hit 65 million people – or approximately 40% of the workforce – by 2020.
Gone are the days where employees drag themselves hours and miles away into their traditional offices, wasting time, attention, and money. Today’s workforce, which is comprised mostly of Millennials and Gen Xers, demand the simplicity and convenience that comes with waking up already at work. And as technology becomes more advanced, widespread, and affordable, it’s never been easier to do so.
But that doesn’t make focusing and producing any easier, either. Yes, it’s true per a study done by the Harvard Business Review, that employees who work away from the office generally outperform those who work in an office. But it doesn’t mean work comes without challenges – they just take a different form.
That’s where coworking comes in.
Coworking is loosely defined as a comfortable, innovative environment that allows independent employees – or groups of employees – a place to work. It’s like going to the library in college to escape the noise and distraction of the dormitory, only with more space, comfort, convenience, and high-end technology, and you pay for 24/7 access.
It’s also becoming one of the biggest crazes in the nation.
Why Do People Work From Home?
If you work from home, there’s probably a reason for that – or several reasons.
The first might involve your profession: freelancers, independent contractors, and entrepreneurs are among the most common professionals who work outside traditional offices, and for obvious reasons. But if you’re not in one of those professions, maybe you searched for a work-from-home job for another reason.
For example: Offices stink. Fluorescent lights and sometimes even lack of windows are a breeding ground for depression and a disconnect from the outside world. Plus, office politics are awkward and uncomfortable and are a quick and easy recipe for anxiety. Working away from that helps employees feel confident, valuable, and instills a sense of needed independence and diligence.
Or maybe you have children, especially young ones, who you’ve either chosen not to put in daycare or simply can’t afford to. Working from home allows for some flexibility and for you to be present.
How Coworking Will Help
But regardless of your reason for doing so, working from home comes with its distractions.
Without getting ready and commuting, it’s oftentimes difficult for employees new to their freedom to get used to the lack of routine.
Plus, the added stimuli of your home – everything from children, the TV, chores, or simply the comfort of your exhaustion-inducing bed or couch – make it hard to focus and get things done.
That’s where a coworking space like Venture X is handy.
Our coworking spaces provide the structure that comes with “going to the office,” while simultaneously eliminating the political pressures and inconveniences of doing so.
And while we pride ourselves on a clean, open, and comfortable work space that’s more akin to a hospitality suite than an office space, the distractions of “home” are gone. Plus, with our 24/7 schedules, you have the peace of mind to know that you don’t have to cram everything in before the lights go out and the doors lock – you can go grocery shopping and come in late, leave in the middle of the day to hit the gym or take a nap, or leave early to pick up the kids.
At Venture X, we work on your time, not the other way around.
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