Although most people have different impressions about ‘remote working’ when you tell them about it, the most common might be of you sipping on a warm cup of joe in a nearby coffee shop, typing away peacefully while rain patters on a nearby window.
Ok, that actually sounds awesome. Because it is.
With companies becoming increasingly flexible and supportive, along with the advancement of collaboration tools to help teams keep in touch, remote working has become a rising trend in organizations today.
Not only that, but productivity levels have experienced a boost for people who work outside of the boundaries of their cubicles-slash-offices. In a survey called “What Leaders Need To Know About Remote Workers”, employees were asked: “Do you believe you get more work done when working remotely?”
91% said YES, while only a mere 9% said NO.
So let’s suppose at this point, you decide to try it out for yourself. Here’s the tricky part: It’s not the same for everyone. Depending on your job type and even personality type, we give you the 3 top choices of places to work at when you want to step out of an ordinary 9-to-5 routine, along with the things you need to look out for when choosing one:
Okay, the earlier description does have a lot of truth in it. Coffee shops are a common hub for students as well, which is further proof that it’s a good place to get things done in peace. Although there are a lot of variations, most coffee shops have adequate lighting and seating, as well as power ports and internet access. Don’t forget the much-needed coffee to give you a boost, the delicious treats they have just a few steps away, and an overall peaceful ambiance.
Best for: People who wish to limit social interaction/introverts. Coffee shops are best for individual work that does not require a lot of talking, and work that requires a quiet atmosphere, such as bloggers or content editors.
This place is also ideal for people whose work does not require a lot of space and equipment.
Not best for: People whose work requires being on the phone most of the time, as it can become a disturbance to others.
Work that requires more equipment than usual is not a good idea, as is the case with designers that need a drawing tablet or an extra screen.
What to look out for: Look for places that are generally less crowded (It doesn’t have to be Starbucks or Tim Hortons. There are plenty of suitable and quieter places). An outlet closer to your apartment/home is a big plus, since it reduces the time spent on commuting.
Also, you may want to invest in noise-cancelling headphones for days when it’s particularly crowded.
Look for availability of electricity outlets in case your laptop runs out of battery. Also, is the internet reliable? Do they have an additional fee/minimum purchase to avail WiFi?
Being more public and interactive, workspaces have been around for quite some time, giving emerging businesses an opportunity to put their plans to action, and helping groups and teams to collaborate on a more professional level.
Workspaces often have the necessary equipment already set up, which includes meeting rooms and conferencing tools.
Best for: People who are looking for a work-environment without being confined to their office walls. Co-working allows better interactions for teams that require more workspace and additional equipment, such as programmers and graphic designers. It also opens doors to newer connections and work opportunities by interacting with other people.
This type of place is also good for individuals that feel too distracted at home, or too lonely at coffee shops. With everyone else working, such individuals can find it easier to get into work mode.
Not best for: Freelancers or those looking to save money. Co-working spaces have different payment systems, for example monthly, weekly, or hourly charges. Since these places often offer amenities like a cafeteria, internet, and, of course, electricity for your devices, charges might add up to a not-so-fun amount. You definitely don’t want to be spending more than what you earn.
What to look out for: If you think co-working spaces are your thing, then it’s a good idea to look for one that gives it all. Look for separate conference rooms, and ask (or try out if they let you) about internet reliability and speed. Because if you’re going to be hosting a virtual meeting, you don’t want to end up frozen in a ridiculous pose on the other side of the screen.
Contrary to what most people would think, working from home does not mean working from bed. In fact, people have a dedicated setup to make it look and feel like they’re working at an office. This can include all the necessary office equipment like a desk, chair, and a printer, for example.
Although working from home provides more distractions, it isn’t really a waste of time and productivity when you have the hours and your mind set to maximum productivity. The option to set up your home office with the perfect amount of light, fresh air, and surroundings proves to dramatically increase productivity.
Best for: New parents with children who need constant supervision, or simply working parents that have not yet decided a daycare plan for their children. This option is also good for those who spend more time on calls and conferences. Working from a home office also means more space for those projects that need multiple screens and devices to work with, so you won’t be sprawling over anyone’s desk.
Not ideal for: People that tend to get bored or distracted easily. Working at home might tempt you to get up and snack or take a short trip to the store, or even get carried away with that tournament on TV. Not going out as compared to when working from an office might also cause isolation and boredom, which can affect productivity.
What to look out for: Do not work in the same place you sleep/rest. This is because when the brain associates a place of comfort with work and vice versa, you will not be able to concentrate/enjoy that place without intrusive thoughts coming in.
Have a routine set, and let your family know when it’s ‘Do Not Disturb’ time for you. Video-conferences can be helpful in the loneliness that accompanies remote working, so have that at hand when you need it.
Is there a different remote working spot that has worked better for you? We’d love to hear more about it!