Joining a coworking space brings many practical advantages to how you work, including networking opportunities, equipment, and event spaces. However, what is arguably the biggest advantage of using shared office spaces are the positive effects it can have on one’s lifestyle.
Work-life balance has become so important, that more than half of surveyed employees said they have or would be willing to trade a promotion for better work-life balance, with millennials the most likely to make that trade.
We understand that our experiences at work strongly affect the quality of our lives, which is why we’ve designed our space to provide talented individuals an ideal work environment. Here’s just some of the ways shared office space can improve your work/life balance:
You can choose your best work hours
If the typical 9-5 works for you, then by all means, go for it. If you want flexibility in your schedule, or you want to structure your day in a way that makes most sense to your goals and lifestyle, then you’ll benefit from round-the-clock access to your office. This level of flexibility grants you control over your work-life balance, allowing you to run errands, recreate, or attend family functions while maintaining productivity that suits your schedule.
iQ’s offices are accessible to members 24/7, allowing you to work your ideal hours. Whether you want to avoid rush hour traffic, work late into the night, or catch up on work, you get to decide the balance that works best for you.
You gain a supportive and inspiring work environment
A key component to a good work-life balance is loving your work and having the inspiring settings to do your best every day. The office spaces at iQ are uniquely designed to do just that – inspire greatness. Our turn-key environments and support staff allow you to focus on your work from your first day, while we handle furnishing, maintenance, and office equipment.
Coworking and shared office spaces support all the people who are doing what they love. When you put all of these kinds of people under one roof, it creates an atmosphere that is completely unique to coworking spaces. This is part of the reason why people thrive in coworking spaces. The right kind of motivating environment might redefine what you thought your abilities were.
You work closer to places that enrich your life
If you choose a coworking space in a prime location, it brings you closer to activities you thought you no longer had the time for. Whether it’s the theatre, a yoga or kickboxing class, your favourite lunch or happy hour spot, many times convenience of location is what gives people the time to do what they love outside of work.
When signing up with a coworking space, make sure to also check your member privileges. Some amenities that could improve your lifestyle include local business discounts, partnerships with food delivery, transportation, cleaning services, etc.
You can take advantage of social opportunities
Though shared office spaces offer great networking opportunities, it isn’t always about work. Sometimes the best way of decompressing during the workweek is by grabbing lunch with a friend or attending a social event. Shared office spaces create a cultural connection that makes it easier to form camaraderie, which make you happier at work, and happier in general.
Throughout the year, we host socials, lunch and learns, and other events that give everyone sharing the space the opportunity to get to know each other.
You maximize your work and leisure time
Technology has certainly changed the way we work – thanks to our many smart devices, our work tends to cling to us no matter where we go. This is even harder while working from home, when your place of refuge becomes your office and conference room.
The challenge of working from home is that it can rob you of both your leisure time and focus time, making you do a “little here” and a “little there.” With that routine, not only is your relaxation time less relaxing, but the time you spend working will lose its edge and potency.
The point is, coworking spaces give you a prime atmosphere for hyperfocusing and maximizing your time and effort. They also allow you to rent the type of workspace that best fits your style, both personally and professionally.
If you only view a coworking space as a space to work, you’re missing a big part of its value. Aside from loving what you do, you need to love where you do it. In our spaces, you’ll discover how the right work environment can improve your work-life balance, and ultimately the quality of your work.