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Co-working and health – How the 2 bind together

Co-working spaces are getting grander and grander. The benefits of co-working have proven to be successful for a lot of businesses as people are combating issues not always related to work. With issues such as loneliness and mental wellbeing being addressed during co-working spaces it is beneficial that companies invest in the right facilities for their workers.

It is becoming increasingly more likely that companies are considering mental wellbeing and health when it comes to using a co-working space. Companies are designing areas with a lot of light, real shrubbery and places with lots of air so that workers are feeling more free and open. This is making workers feel more valued.

Recently, workers are also feeling the benefit of companies creating community links with other businesses themselves and finding that they are working in spaces that have health benefits attached to them. Health spas and fitness companies are incorporating workspaces so that people can co-work with each other into their own facilities. 

These benefits can help a person keep on top of their mental wellbeing as well as their physical health whilst having the experience of co-working with someone.

As we know co-working spaces are hugely important to a company and they can benefit a person in many ways. It also offers an alternative to working from home where things might be stressful. With working from home becoming more apparent and necessary in the current climate, a work space does offer an alternative to fighting for space on the kitchen work top.

However, many workspaces across the world are now accommodating for the working parent with child facilities also available on site so a parent can work with ease or at least the knowledge their child is occupied and safe. 

Workspaces at health facilities often allow a person to have a membership with them. If not then there could be money off at the shops or free sessions or even betting offers for new customers but it is all dependent on the company themselves. However, there are a lot more benefits for businesses who work with an outside workspace. 

Companies in the UK such as Village Hotels and Gyms are currently showing off their new facilities for gym users and hotel guests. However, they are incorporating a co-working space into the building so that people who have travelled have a space to work or even those that need time away from home can use the gym.

Whilst it is all under one roof it creates a sense of one. An idea that all things in your life can be experienced at one place. For example you can finish your work, stay fit by using the gym, eat at the restaurant grill in the facility and then stay at the hotel. All options can be taken as all or single choices.

The idea is also the same in the USA with companies like OfficeXpats, who have expanded their use of co-working office spaces, who are considerate that a healthy employee is a good employee. In the workspace they are conscious of body health and that includes a choice of standing or sitting desks, a treadmill walk/work desk, a cycle desk and a sitting elliptical. 

Brazil has taken the co-working space one further. Sao Paulo is the city in Brazil which has taken the co-working space outside. There are over 200 spaces in the city and more increasingly outside with rooftops. It is not uncommon to see a parasol on the beach and it is actually a work space. 

It is increasingly obvious to see the links between co-working in a “good” space and that of the employee’s mental and physical health. Business owners are aware of how to treat their employees in the correct way so that they can get the most out of them.

Ajay Deep

Ajay Deep is the brain behind Coworking Mag. He founded this website to help startups and aspiring entrepreneurs find a coworking space in their city. He is a successful entrepreneur who started and scaled a bunch of startups – all from shared office spaces. He has visited hundreds of coworking spaces in different countries and is now an investor in this evergrowing idea of developing new coworking spaces. You may reach Ajay Deep at hello@coworkingmag.com
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