Whether you’re a freelance worker or full-time employee with a physical office space you go everyday, you know that feeling of wanting to work from somewhere else other than an office. Modern businesses are finally starting to embrace the benefits of having flexibility when it comes to workspaces.
Everyone Works Differently
Not everyone is going to work well in the same environment. Some thrive in the office, while others seek refuge in a local coffee shop. Don’t be afraid to take your work, or let your employees take their work, to another space that’s not the office. Freelance workers embrace this whole-heartedly by choosing their spaces to sit down and work, or having “walking meetings” to stay engaged in conversations. If you know that you get more work done in a different environment, don’t be afraid to talk with your supervisor and ask about switching up your environment. Finding a space and time where you’re feeling good means you won’t end up having negative feelings towards your job.
The World Becomes Your Workspace
If you’re able to, don’t tie yourself to one or a small selection of places. Some days it can be really hard to settle down and get a lot of work done. Some people work excellently from home, while others find it hard to focus—especially if you don’t have a dedicated space in your home to work. If you want to work from home, try to create a designated space for your work.
Try Working Outside
Whether you have a patio, roof, or just the ability to open a window near your, don’t forget about other spaces that you might be able to be around while in nature. Having time outside is calming and releases stress. If you’re an employer, encourage your employees to work outside or take an outside walk to help them feel rejuvenated. You’ll be surprised how much more work gets accomplished when the workday involves being in nature.
Flexibility Is Healthy
Being flexible doesn’t just mean flexibility in the space in which you work, but the hours you keep. While some people start at 6am and end their day at 2pm, others work on-and-off throughout the day until bedtime. Everybody operates differently throughout the day and it’s important to show your employees that you understand this. Letting employees choose their own schedule allows them to feel appreciated, which often results in a better work output.
If you don’t have the ability to work when you want to, take some extra time in the morning for yourself by starting your day with a workout, dip in the pool, or reading your favorite book. It’s also important to give yourself personal time throughout the workday. Instead of spending your lunch break eating and then heading back to work, try bringing your lunch and eating at a park while you read a book. When you create time for yourself throughout the day, it allows you to create an environment that relieves stress from work.
Don’t Dismiss Technology
Technology has made flexibility in the workplace easier. Not only can you obtain a WiFi connection from almost anywhere, there are a ton of ways to keep in constant touch with your co-workers. A lot of businesses have started using different apps for messaging and dedicating channels to certain projects, as well as to-do lists for the project team. This helps the office be on the same page—and access whatever you need wherever you are.
However, while those are helpful, don’t forget to have good face-to-face conversations every once in a while. In today’s world, face-to-face doesn’t necessarily mean in-person. Using video chats can be very helpful for team conference calls or one-on-one conversations and it definitely helps you stay apart of the office when you’re not in the office. Let’s face it; technology is great, but texting isn’t a replacement for human interaction. Video chatting can be a very healthy option as it allows you to find your own schedule.
How can you ensure your workplace promotes flexibility? Connect with the industry’s most experienced team today to learn more.