What do you picture when you think of a workspace? Are you picturing a corporate office with an open floor plan? Rows and rows of desks? Employees sitting in front of matching computers?
What you’re picturing is a traditional office space. Companies have used this design model for decades, even though it isn’t the most effective workspace for employees. Commuting every single morning to the office is inconvenient and expensive. Trying to tackle tasks in the middle of a crowded room can be frustrating and difficult. And sticking to the same desk in the same office can be stifling for creativity.
If you’re finding that the traditional office space isn’t working for you, take a look at these alternatives below.
Remote work is more popular than ever. According to a Gallup poll, 51% of Americans worked remotely in April 2020. The majority of them did this because their workplaces closed to restrict the spread of the coronavirus. Now that the panic over coronavirus has ebbed and restrictions have loosened, more workplaces have opened up again. But some employees don’t want to return.
That’s right — many employees prefer working remotely from the comfort of their own homes. They find that they’re more productive. They have a better work-life balance. And they can avoid the expense and stress of a daily commute.
As a compromise, some companies are offering employees hybrid workweeks. A hybrid model asks that employees split their workweek between their corporate office and home office. For example, they would go to the office two times per week and stay at home for three.
How can you set up a remote office space?
Remote work is easiest when you have a spare room that you can convert into an office space. With limited square footage, you could transform a closet or nook into an efficient workstation.
If that’s not possible, you could turn to your backyard as a home office destination. You can convert a shed into a small home office, or if you have plenty of space, you could try buying a shipping container and converting it into the ultimate private workspace. Look for a cargo-grade shipping container—at the very least, a “wind and water-tight” one. These grades will keep the elements from getting inside the shipping container, so your expensive work equipment inside will be safe.
A shipping container office in your backyard is not just a good solution for anyone who doesn’t have enough space indoors for a workstation. It’s also a good solution for anyone that has other people at home (maybe they’re working remotely, too) and has a difficult time focusing with them around. A backyard office will give you enough space and privacy to concentrate on your tasks.
Office on the Go
Another alternative to a traditional officespace is no officespace whatsoever. All you need is work equipment that is lightweight, efficient and mobile. This is an ideal situation for digital nomads that don’t want to stay sedentary. They want to travel and work at the same time.
What equipment will help you make an office onthego?
- A lightweight laptop
- A smartphone
- A portable WiFi hotspot
- A VPN
- A power bank
- Noise-canceling headphones
- A sturdy bag
A traditional office space might not be the right fit for you as an employee. These alternative office spaces might be exactly what you’re looking for.