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Apr 18, 2023
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Remote work has afforded employees myriad benefits, from more flexibility in their workday to saving money, and a whole lot more in between. But there will always be downsides to everything, and when it comes to remote work, loneliness has been an emerging theme in recent research. In a survey of U.K. and US remote workers, researchers discovered that “67 percent of workers aged 18-34 found it harder to make friends and maintain relationships with work colleagues in a remote setting, with 71 percent saying they felt their work colleagues had become distant.”
As remote workers ourselves, with an entirely remote workforce, these numbers are not surprising and reflect our own experience, as well as several of our colleagues.
During the pandemic, many employees might have enjoyed the break from the office and appreciated the change that “working from home” offered them. However, three years later, the lack of interaction with colleagues has become challenging, especially now that many companies have officially transitioned to a fully remote setting. It’s no longer simply “working at home” with the idea that they will, at some point, be returning to the office. Remote work is an intentional practice, with an employee’s entire work life experienced in their own home.
Thankfully, coworking spaces are available on an on-demand basis, providing remote work and hybrid work employees with several ways to combat their potential loneliness. And, even better, finding and booking them for your staff has gotten easier and more streamlined than ever before. Let’s take a closer look at how coworking spaces can provide the support that remote employees are longing for.
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While traditionally, coworking spaces were offered on a membership basis, finding on-demand coworking spaces for daily or weekly work sessions is easier than ever thanks to Flexspace. We help companies drive employee engagement by providing them and their employees with a free on-demand workspace booking platform that allows them to seamlessly book spaces, whether it’s for daily or weekly personal use, or for connecting with other team members or clients within a meeting or conference setting. And, we provide support in coworking space budget management, allowing you to streamline your costs and spend.
Wherever your company is on its remote or hybrid work journey, offering coworking spaces to employees as a means to connect with peers and foster an out-of-office work community can provide huge benefits to their mental health and well-being.