Working as a freelancer has many perks like flexible hours, no commute, and autonomy and control over how you work.But as many freelancers would agree, there are also considerable challenges.
According to a variety of studies, isolation and loneliness are among the biggest complaints. Working remotely means missing out on the human interaction and social aspects that being in an office provides.
But the answer could lie in the emergence of coworking spaces.Workspaces where remote corporate workers, startup employees, freelancers, and others “work alone together” can substantially reduce the isolation and loneliness associated with remote work.
Increased work engagement
Working in a coworking space improves work engagement and motivation. People are also able to concentrate better due to fewer distractions compared to working from home or in coffee shops.
The social ties of coworking are also valuable to members. Researchers at the University of Michigan found that coworking members report much higher levels of “thriving” than traditional employees. Their work shows this is in part due to the community aspects of coworking spaces, which allow members to socialize and interact with other members.
In addition to reducing remote work loneliness, coworking spaces provide excellent business and technology infrastructure, strong networking opportunities, and exposure to innovative companies, products, and services.
Humans are social creatures who like being around other humans, and regardless of advances in remote work technology, this won’t change.
By creating community and reducing isolation and loneliness, coworking benefits workers due to greater levels of work engagement, productivity, and worker happiness.