Today, there are more places to work than ever before. Gone are the days of working in a single, stuffy space. Now more and more companies are allowing their employees to get the job done where they want, and allowing employees to choose for themselves is proving to have positive results. Below is a snapshot of three common types of working environments and what they have to offer for employers and employees alike.
While this type of workspace isn’t new by any means, there’s a reason it still exists today. The modern day concept of the “office” is a place where employees can gather for eight hours a day and easily collaborate whenever the need arises. Offices used to be synonymous with places of drudgery, but today more and more companies are investing the time and money necessary to create workspaces that inspire and foster a sense of teamwork in order to keep employees motivated and invested in their own jobs.
Like with any space, home offices offer their distinct advantages and disadvantages. On one hand, many employees find that they’re much more productive when working from home due to the limited number of distractions they face when they can control their own working environment. On the other hand, individuals working from home are secluded and may find that working from a home office makes it harder to collaborate with team members. Many companies battle this disadvantage by allowing employees to work from home on a limited basis rather than every day.
Co-working spaces are essentially offices that anyone can rent out to work in for a day, a week, or just about any amount of time. This type of workspace is generally used by telecommuters who want to get out of the house and into an office, though they are also frequently used by startup companies that may not have a physical location just yet. People who work in a co-working space are typically not employed by the same company, but rather are from different businesses that are all renting out the space to get the office atmosphere that they may be lacking at home. Not only are they great for creating a calm, quiet space to work, but co-working environments are also frequently utilized for their networking opportunities as they allow employees from different companies to get together and collaborate, which often results in the creation of fresh, new ideas.
Whether your company wants to give telecommuting a try or just wants to improve the look and flow of its office building, creating an environment that facilitates all employees is crucial to the success of your business. Remember, not everyone thrives in an open office layout, but not everyone can reach their full creative potential when stuck in a cubicle from 9-5 either. Mix up the workspaces in your office to ensure that every employee has what they need to work happily and effectively.