The future of work is teleworking. More than half of the Luxembourg workforce is engaged in some form of remote work. You may be one of them. It is becoming more and more common for individuals to work from home, especially in sectors where technology is important. But also a lot of people want to change the air and work in a starbucks or in a coworking space, which one do you think is better?
What does it mean to be a worker who works from home?
Employees who work from home are called “remote workers.” They may be at home, at the library, at the local coffee shop, at their mother’s house or on the road. A remote worker may have to visit the workplace or communicate more regularly with their employer and colleagues via Skype, Google Hangouts or another chat program. In fact, he or she does not have to spend the majority of time at the workplace.
Employees who work remotely can do so at any time of the day or night, from anywhere in the world. If you have access to the internet. The majority of employees who work from home will need to access the internet at least once during the day.
Loneliness is sometimes an adverse effect of working from home. With a coworking space, you have the opportunity to engage with like-minded professionals and creatives every day. Gone are the days of working from home in your pajamas with a cat for company. Networking and collaboration are two of the many benefits of working in a coworking space.
Another benefit of a coworking space is the ability to make business calls in a professional environment. You won’t find this at your neighborhood Starbucks.
Internet connectivity you can count on. If you’re looking for a coworking space, make sure the business you choose has high-speed internet connectivity.
There may be a shortage of amenities. You might as well be in a coffee shop if you have to carry your laptop, use your own phone and walk down the street to get a fax. Also, laptops and phone and fax services are not commonly available.
If you have to travel a long distance to get to your coworking space, you may spend more time at Starbucks than at your desk. Look for a coworking space where you don’t have to travel long distances to make your time and effort worthwhile.
Creativity can be stimulated by a cup of coffee. Caffeine is a stimulant for the mind. People who work in coffee shops can easily find it, which keeps them alert and focused throughout the day. A quick walk will allow them to get the coffee they need to tackle the last few hours of work.
Creating a positive work environment can help boost productivity. Like a noisy open office, the ambient noise of a coffee shop helps employees stay focused on their work. The hum of baristas and steaming milk should be ignored so the employee can focus on writing code.
Unreliable Internet access is the worst case scenario. In a Starbucks, you have no control over the speed and timing of the Internet connection. Starbucks is a popular place to work, but its Internet connection is not reliable enough for you to participate in your Skype meeting.
The table you use is what you pay for. You’ll definitely need to stock your office with coffee, cakes and other snacks if you plan to work there for long periods of time. Everyone hates freeloaders.
Both co-working spaces and Starbucks have their pros and cons. Ultimately, the decision is yours.
When you’re looking for a new place to work, don’t hesitate to contact us to find out if a coworking space is perfect for you.