Whether an independent contractor, freelancer or a structured 9 to 5 employee, a workers’ performance and productivity in the workplace are predicated on the workplace environ itself. Factors include workplace clutter, lighting, temperature, decor, interior plants and noise. Recent studies have shown that both natural and artificial light are necessary to maximize employee productivity. Ultimately, design of a work environment – whether home or away – matters as it can foster collaboration, provide easy access to technology and afford workers the freedom to work in a way that suits them best.
The physical workspace is where an employee or even a solo entrepreneur spends the majority of their time. It’s where interaction with clients and coworkers build relationships and where a company’s mission and vision are communicated. It even contributes to an individual’s health and wellness by way of design having a powerful impact on the way people feel and ultimately, the quality of work being produced within its confines.
Corporate offices have spent valuable time and resources assessing the best way in which their office space can inspire and improve work. Meanwhile, smaller businesses and freelancers have gravitated towards the Coworking Model. In a study by Coworking Resources, the industry is projected to see a 43-percent increase between 2018 and 2022.
Ease of access in the sharing economy provides short term rentals of unique and previously inaccessible space for work – both on-going and temporary. The shift has resulted in a generation of workers who never want to return to the staid, unyielding schedule and structure of a traditional office. Employees who travel for work will also seek out an ideal temporary workspace to make work enjoyable.
Forbes recently listed the 4 “Most Unusual Co-working Spaces.” Among them a structure in Lisbon made from shipping containers and double-decker buses recycled into office spaces, a Coworking Marina that sits directly on the water, a quiet coworking space that doubles as a co-napping spot with 15 nap caves in Bangkok, and a Brooklyn company that has gathered a community of climbing enthusiasts targeting specific industry professionals. Kitschy Parisian Coworking Cafes have sprung up as well.
The future of the workspace is in features that you may not expect from a coworking space: city views switched to sea views, gyms, private spaces for events, and an employee focus on encouraging movement and activity.
Platforms like Sharecube offer a variety of options for those looking to improve their ability to focus and be productive. Sharecube is a peer to peer marketplace for individuals and businesses looking for inspiring short-term space rentals like workspace. The online platform makes it easy for a freelancer or employer to connect with the host and make a booking. From shared desks to training rooms, fully equipped offices, to photography studios, Sharecube offers a variety of options geared towards enhancing the work experience significantly, all by accessing and using unique and interesting spaces.