You were thrilled when you were hired for a remote job. After all, it meant saying goodbye to a noisy office, petty office politics, and feuding coworkers. But a few weeks in to working from your quiet desk at home, you’re finding that it’s, well, a little too quiet. You don’t want to sacrifice your productivity (which is soaring, by the way) for office life again, but you kind of miss working with people.
That’s where coworking comes in. Coworking is a way in which remote workers from varied professions can work for their employers in a shared working environment. You can rent space in a traditional office space, working from an office, a cubicle, a desk, or even a conference room. The idea of coworking is that you can still keep up your productivity, but you don’t have to work in relative isolation, either.
But let’s say that you’ve never tried coworking. You’re happy working from home, thank you very much. It’s still a good idea to embrace the coworking trend, if at least once in a while. Here are three reasons why.
You can network.
When you work remotely, you’re pretty much only interacting with other members of your team. (And even that interaction is often done through emails and IMs.) There’s no chance for meeting new people in the elevator, or on line at the sandwich place in your building. That isolation can be counterproductive for you, both professionally and personally. But in a coworking space, you’ll open up your network to a whole new group of people. Even if they aren’t in the same career field as you, you never know who they know or are connected to—and who they can potentially connect you to.
You can become more creative.
While working from home has numerous benefits (e.g., no commute, a substantial cost savings, priceless work-life balance), your creativity can become stifled if you only have your cat, Fred, to talk to day in and day out. By working in a coworking space, you may improve your chances to become more creative, spark fresh ideas, and find solutions to issues you might be facing.
You can regain structure.
For some remote workers, it can take some effort to avoid the couch—and Game of Thrones binge-watching. For others, the opposite is true: it can be impossible to shut off when you have 24/7 access to work. Having a coworking space to go to each day can give you a sense of traditional work-life, but on your terms. It can create a structure for your day and prevent you from working erratic hours, or all hours.
As more companies hire remote workers, coworking spaces are also growing in popularity. So venture out from your home office (if only for a day!) and try out a coworking space. You might be surprised at how well it works out for you!
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