Happiness & Wellbeing

Coworking Supports Wellbeing

By wizu | 05 October 2022

Coworking spaces continue to become more popular, with many being more than just a great place to work. Some business centres are also including wellbeing in their collaborative communities and workspaces. What does that mean? How can coworking spaces support wellbeing?

 

Wellbeing is Crucial in the Workplace

Studies have shown that wellbeing is essential in the workplace, including in coworking spaces. A coworking space has to be more than just a place to work. It must also support those who work there. This all starts with a specially designed workplace environment.

Wellbeing includes everything from an aesthetically designed space to ergonomic furniture, stable infrastructure, and more. The wellbeing of those who work there also depends on great breakout spaces, access to fully stocked kitchens, and more.

The entire coworking space needs to be geared toward keeping everyone comfortable, calm, and focused on fostering creativity and enhancing productivity.

What’s more, coworking can also help reduce stress levels. Studies have shown that working alone can lead to or worsen stress and mental health conditions. Whether you’re a freelancer or work for a large organisation, working alone most of the time is not conducive to your mental or physical wellbeing.

On the other hand, coworking offers a healthier balance between work and your personal life. Your home becomes a place to relax, and your coworking space is for work. Plus, you have the opportunity to work with other like-minded business professionals. They can offer advice, guidance, and more. And you can make new partners or clients in a coworking space. The coworking space is all about collaboration.

 

What to Look for in a Coworking Space?

When it comes to your wellbeing, what should you look for in a coworking space? We’ve put together a list of things that can enhance your work and wellbeing in a coworking space.

 

1. Breakfast & Fresh Fruit Every Day

What could be better than a coworking space that offers you a healthy start to the day? Breakfast and access to fresh fruit ensure you have the right nutrition to start the morning. Not only that, but eating breakfast and healthy snacks also improves your mindset.

Plus, if you’re running late and can’t fix breakfast at home, you can count on breakfast being available at work. No more rushing around in the morning to get breakfast put together! You can head to the office, grab a healthy breakfast, and get to work without all the fuss and drama!

 

2. 24/7 Access

Another essential is having 24/7 access to your coworking space. Some people work better in the evening or at night, while others do their best in the early morning. With 24/7 access, you can work when it’s right for you.

And if you work a regular 9 to 5, there may be times when there’s a huge project due. It may take burning a little night oil to get it done on time. So, having access to the coworking space late at night or on the weekends is a huge bonus.

We don’t recommend working late into the night or on weekends; however, if you must, we do offer secure 24/7 access to your space. So, you can work when you want to or need to.

 

3. Breakout Space is a Necessity

Breakout spaces are necessary for the coworking space or other workspaces. Today, these chill-out spaces are filled with comfy sofas & chairs, Netflix, a library, and more. These are spaces where you can get away from your work for a time. Take a break and relax when working on these long projects. When you relax, your mind can rejuvenate and take a breather. When you’re ready to get back to work, you’ll find a boost in your productivity and creativity.

The breakout space is another necessity when you’re working. It provides a place where you can go to get relief from your screens and the stress of your work. These spaces are also great for casual meetings with others in the coworking space.

 

4. Use of Real Plants

While ergonomic furniture is important in the coworking space, so are real plants. Not only do they bring life to the space, but they also add a much-needed touch of nature to the workspace. Office plants offer more than a touch of green. They also improve happiness, reduce stress, make the space more attractive, and more.

In addition, plants can reduce sound and noise levels in a busy coworking space. As humans, we crave touches of nature in our lives. Office plants provide this necessary connection to nature even in the coworking space.

 

5. Social Ties

Coworking spaces also provide those essential social ties we all need to be healthy and happy in the workplace. Of course, the coworking space is set up to be a place where you can focus and get work done. However, the space has also been designed to provide a collaborative environment where you can develop social and business ties.

Our coworking space is a great place to connect with other professionals, share advice, find new clients, and more. And we support these efforts with networking events, monthly treat days, and more. We want you to develop those all-important social ties that keep you happy and healthy at work and in all areas of your life.

 

6. Other Services & Amenities

Along with everything we’ve already mentioned, an amazing coworking space also needs to provide the following services & amenities:

  • Superfast, stable WiFi
  • Climate control
  • Private phone boots (for those personal conversations or essential business calls)
  • Networking events & skill sharing
  • Discounts with local businesses
  • Access to curated event series
  • Access to sanitary bathrooms
  • And more

 

Summing It Up

These are some of the main ways coworking spaces can foster wellbeing. Coworking spaces are still a work in process; however, many have seen that well being is more than just providing a beautiful, comfortable place to work.

It’s also necessary to ensure each member’s overall health is provided for; from the space’s aesthetics to the benefits offered, a coworking space needs to support the physical and mental health of those who work there.

When searching for the right coworking space, use our list to find the best coworking space for your business.

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