Since its introduction, remote working has enabled employees across the world to work from home instead of going in to the office. Enabling employees to save on travelling expenditure, and avoid the pressures of the office environment it is seen by many as a great perk and a preferential alternative. But is working from home really the best solution, or could it be causing difficulty in creating the necessary work/life balance?
Whilst sometimes the office environment hinders employees progress due to long winded meetings, visits to the kitchen or colleagues stopping by each other’s desks for a conversation it does have positives too. Enabling employees to feel part of a team and a community is vital in ensuring that they enjoy their place of work and avoids them feeling isolated – something that is quite common for those that work remotely on a frequent or full time basis.
What are the alternatives?
Co-working offices are on the rise and allow people that may be self-employed or not have a fixed office location to work in an office environment, amongst others in the same situation. This encourages conversation, a sense of belonging and also means that the person has a place of work that isn’t their study or living room.
Creating this disassociation between work/home means that employees still have that sense of escape at the end of the day, and do not necessarily feel like they need to be constantly connected – particularly out of hours.
One such company offering another alternative is Spacious, they partner with restaurants that do not open until 5pm and instead offer their location as an alternative working space, with catering and WiFi readily available already this seems like an ideal solution.
Could there not be other buildings that could offer the same too, and could this lead to a future of most remote working employees working from a “fixed” office location that isn’t owned by their company or themselves?
So, whilst many employees look to remote working as a perk and an escape from the office – is it always the ideal solution?