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Your Next Out Of Office Workspace: The Gym

With the rising popularity of Out Of Office work, some enterprising gym and health club operators are expanding their lounges to provide members with co-working spaces. Club operators had noticed many of their members hanging out at the gym after a workout, using the lounge WiFi to get work done. So they decided to tap into this by offering more accommodating facilities for Out Of Office work. This is great for workers as it provides them with another venue for Out Of Office work, and it’s great for gym and health club operators because people who spend more time at the club also spend more money there.

Read the full WSJ article.

What do you think? Would you enjoy doing your work at the gym? Have youc ome across any innovative co-working spaces? Please let us know in the comments below…

8 Indisputable Reasons Why We Don’t Need Offices

If you’re a regular reader of this blog then you probably don’t need convincing of the merits of working Out Of Office but perhaps you know someone who is stuck in the old ways of thinking. Well, if you want to change their mind then Jacob Morgan has conveniently compiled a list of reasons we no longer need traditional offices:

  • Collaborative Technologies allow workers to connect to work and colleagues anywhere they have an Internet connection.
  • A New Generation of Workers, the so-called Millennials, have grown up with social networks and find connecting online comfortable and natural.
  • Organisations offering flexible work arrangements are More Attractive Workplaces that help recruit and retain the best talent.
  • Companies Save Money by spending less on office rental, equipment and utilities.
  • Employees Save Time & Money by not having to commute to and from the office.
  • Many studies show that working Out Of Office makes Employees More Productive.
  • Flexible work arrangements lead to Improved Quality of Life for Employees.
  • The emergence of co-working spaces has increased the availability and variety of New Workspaces for Out Of Office workers.

Read Jacob’s article in full.

12 Tips For Staying Healthy While Working Out Of Office

Working Out Of Office means taking responsibility for many aspects of your working life, including staying healthy. There is mounting evidence that the sedentary lifestyle associated with desk work has a serious, negative impact on health. This can be exacerbated if you work Out Of Office because you are less likely to get up from your desk to go to a meeting room or visit a colleague. So, it’s particularly important for Out Of Office workers to make a conscious effort to incorporate healthy behaviours into their work routines.

Physician Natasha Withers lists 12 tips for staying healthy while working Out Of Office:

  • Setup a separate workspace
  • Choose a good chair
  • Or ditch your chair altogether
  • Get up every hour and get out at least once a day
  • Set a schedule and stick to it
  • Schedule workouts
  • Schedule active meetings
  • Create a soothing environment
  • Maintain a healthy work-life balance by logging your time and setting limits
  • Keep the kitchen stocked with healthy snacks and meals
  • Get showered and dressed as if you’re going to the office
  • Get involved in a virtual telecommuter community

Read more…

Health, wellbeing and productivity in offices

As Out Of Office workers we have a high degree of control over how our workspaces are set up. So, if you want to further improve your productivity beyond the high levels you already enjoy then you might consider investing in an indoor plant or two and shifting your desk close to a window.

According to a report by the World Green Buildings Council (WGBC) workers with access to natural light enjoy better sleep, better quality-of-life scores and higher productivity. Also having an expansive view was found to relieve stress and promote creativity. And “biophilia” – our affinity for living things – helps relieve stress, improve cognitive function and promote creativity.

Now, I’m not sure how much of the correlation reported by the WGBC is causal but at the very least creating a pleasant, natural workspace has got to be worthwhile. And if your opportunities for accessing natural light and biophilia in your home office are limited, well, you can always grab your smartphone and laptop and head for the nearest park.

If you’ve created a green workspace we’d love to hear from you. Please let us know your experience by leaving a comment.

Designing Your Multi-Purpose Home Office

When setting up an Out Of Office workspace we suggest choosing a dedicated space, preferably a separate room (with a door). We explain the reasons for doing so in the book.

However, not everyone has the luxury of a spare room they can re-purpose as a home office. Fortunately, Kerrie Kelly comes to the rescue with some clever alternatives to a single-purpose home office:

  • Hide it in a closet
  • Hide it in plain sight
  • Shelve it
  • Consider the kitchen
  • Utilize the utility room

You can read Kerrie’s home office suggestions in detail on the Workshifting blog.

Tell us about your Out Of Office workspace by leaving a comment below.