4 ways that coworking benefits mental health
The link between how we work and our mental health has never been more evident than it is today.
When the current pandemic hit many of us had to make a complete change in how and where we worked. We were no longer able to be in our offices full time, or indeed at all. We could no longer see our colleagues in person and our commute was significantly lessened.
As lockdown starts to ease employees and the self employed are now seeking a solution that allows them to be productive while still maintaining a work life balance and keeping a focus on their mental wellbeing.
Employers also recognise the importance of paying attention to the mental wellbeing of their staff. Past studies have shown that poor mental health in the workforce is directly correlated with higher levels of absenteeism and a negative impact on productivity and profits.
Therefore, whether you want to improve your own mental health as a self-employed person; you are seeking a solution to suit you and your employer as an employee; or you want to support your staff create a better work-life balance, coworking could offer many mental health benefits.
For remote workers and freelancers, isolation has always been recognised as one of the biggest downsides to work. For employees who have been thrust into working from home in the last year isolation has also become a real issue.
A survey conducted by Buffer before the pandemic found that 20% of remote workers cited loneliness as the biggest struggle they face. This highlights how much we value social interaction and how much it impacts us when we lose connection with our coworkers.
Coworking allows members to interact. It may only be an informal chat over coffee or turning to a likeminded entrepreneur for advice or to discuss challenges you face in your business. But that human interaction is something that is highly valued among self-employed and employees alike.
Remove stress of office management
Office management can be time consuming, and as a small business owner many of these responsibilities may fall on you or other members of staff. This can take you away from more critical, revenue generating tasks within your business or distract staff from their main roles.
Coworking spaces will normally offer a fully serviced office, meaning that the management of it is taken care if by someone else. Whether it is ensuring a fresh supply of refreshments, other consumables or keeping the office clean.
Knowing that these routine tasks are taken care of will reduce the stress of those working in the space.
Grow your network
As well as having people around you to talk to, coworking spaces offer you the opportunity to meet people who may work in a similar field or share similar experiences to you as a freelancer or business owner.
Sharing challenges and successes with likeminded individuals can lessen the burden on you and can become something of a support network for you going forward.
New opportunities for networking may also become available to you through your coworking space. That may be events held within the space or meet-ups that you become aware of through word of mouth.
As large employers begin to plan if and how their staff will return to the office, many are already suggesting that they will need smaller office spaces. Employers can see the benefits of remote working for both themselves and their people.
Giving staff a say in where they would prefer to work in future could see many of them preferring not to commute, at least not every day. Coworking hubs provide the solution for those wanting an alternative to home working, while staying close to home, thereby improving their work life balance.
When your staff have some control over how and where they work, this can directly benefit their mental health as well as their performance in the workplace. We are much more likely to be accountable for our actions when we feel autonomous.
If you feel stressed, anxious or depressed, it can be really helpful to talk. You can find a list of mental health support services in your areas here.
To learn more about our available spaces in The Hive, please contact us today.