Work From Home (WFH) & Coworking: Striking a Perfect Balance
Given the high vaccination rates and stable number of COVID-19 cases, life is slowly returning to normal, compared to two years ago where we had to undergo massive social distancing and lifestyle changes to cope with the pandemic.
However, not every aspect of our life is reverting to pre-pandemic ways. Groups like the Singapore National Employees Federation have encouraged firms to maintain hybrid working set-ups for their employees instead of reverting to pre-pandemic arrangements, and more employees are choosing to embrace flexibility to manage a healthy work-life balance. Increasingly, the way we work has fundamentally changed – and for the better.
How do work from home and coworking differ from one another?
Working from home (WFH) and coworking have a lot in common, especially when compared to full-time office arrangements, but they are undoubtedly distinct.
WFH involves a full-time or set-day arrangement typically in one’s home that is away from the office. Work is done remotely with the help of communication technologies.
Meanwhile, coworking spaces are shared work environments for freelancers, independent contractors, businesses, or any individuals who require a workspace. Equipped with office amenities like desks, chairs, and teleconference devices, they provide a designated space for employees to to network and collaborate with others in their field either physically or through digital devices.
Benefits of each type of work arrangement
For many individuals, WFH offers a number of benefits, including a flexible schedule, the ability to work in comfortable surroundings, and the elimination of commute time. However, WFH does lead to social isolation as well as difficulties in communicating and collaborating with colleagues.
This is where coworking spaces come in to fill a crucial gap and offer a fantastic middle ground. They offer a variety of benefits that appeal to today’s workers. No longer do businesses have to lease their own office or sign a long-term lease. Instead, individuals can simply purchase a membership to a coworking space and have access to all the amenities they need, allowing individuals and companies a flexible and affordable way to have a professional work space. Coworking spaces also foster a sense of community and collaboration. Working alongside other professionals can help spark new ideas and provide motivation.
Globally, 68% of survey respondents said hybrid is their preferred work environment. Those who could engage in a blend of office and home hours were also the most content overall with their work-life balance, according to a research in Australia.
Flexibility is key here, and coworking spaces allow that flexibility to thrive. Many coworking spaces like JustCo Singapore offer hot desks, private rooms and offices as well as enterprise suites for members to work by themselves or together with colleagues. Everyone has access to shared services such as internet, mail handling, pantry, break-out spaces, lockers, recreational facilities, printing, and state-of-the-art ergonomic furniture. This makes working from a coworking space not only financially more tenable, but also extraordinarily comfortable and convenient for all parties involved.
Event spaces and meeting rooms are also available for rent to the general public for use.
Make the switch to coworking with JustCo
JustCo Singapore offers some of the best coworking facilities in this bustling metropolitan city and access to a business network of 100,000 members. With 18 centres island-wide and over 40 locations across the Asia-Pacific, our coworking spaces allow individuals to truly work from anywhere.
Choose from five coworking solutions from packages that are tailored to your needs, including Hot Desks, Private Offices, Enterprise Office Suites, Meeting Rooms & Event Spaces, and Virtual Offices. They offer everything from a mailing address and a desk one day per month to full access to more than 20 persons as many days per week as you like. Get in touch with JustCo Singapore to find out how you can make your coworking dreams a reality today!