Co-working spaces are a buzzword in business. Of the 19,400 co-working spaces in the world, over 6,000 are located in the U.S.
If you are telecommuting and would like to work alongside others and/or meet and greet clients and colleagues in a professional setting, you may have considered acquiring a desk or conference/meeting room in a co-working space.
But before you make your choice, these are a few features to look out for.
A Convenient Location
Your chosen co-working space should be in a convenient location that is easily accessible by public transport or that has lots of available space to park your vehicle.
The space should also be close to restaurants, cafés, shops, and even a gym, so you can relax or take a break several times during the day.
The location should also be safe and secure, with good lighting, security access, and top-notch access control systems.
Many co-working spaces now boast a biophilic design scheme. This seeks to blur the distinction between indoor and outdoor living, and harness the beneficial effects that plants have on your productivity and ability to concentrate.
The quality of the space’s commercial landscaping design also matters. Features that can add a sense of calm and wellbeing include an enticing entrance (containing a clear path, plants, and features such as planters), quality pathway lighting, and outdoor trees.
If possible, the space should also be close to green areas such as parks, or blue spaces such as the beach.
Studies have shown that spending just a few minutes outdoors can lower stress hormones dramatically, so having spots like these to take a break or enjoy lunch can help boost your health.
A Chance to Connect
The space should be well-designed, offering a combination of private and common working spaces.
They should also have more than one meeting room for small and large meetings, respectively, as well as common areas where you can meet others and connect.
Top co-working spaces offer attractive services such as workshops, in-house exercise classes, and many other group activities.
One of the best things about this work arrangement is that you can bounce ideas off people and make new connections, so your chosen space should offer a myriad of networking opportunities.
Co-working is an ideal way to combine telecommuting and the perks of having an office. When selecting your space, prioritize a good location.
Make sure the design is attractive, look for nearby green zones, and check out the list of group activities on offer.