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Do you feel lonely when working from home?

James Gray

Owner/Editor at Busara Ltd
I am a published writer, journalist and photo-journalist. I have an MA in Creative Writing and Journalism from the University of Wales and my journalism has been published in a number of UK national newspapers including 'the Observer'. My photo-journalism has been represented by Agence France-Presse.
James Gray

Half of the UK workforce expected to be working remotely by 2020, and expert and psychotherapist Dr. Aaron Balick says that loneliness is amongst the biggest contributors to our poor mental health. 

This year, working life charity CIPD surveyed 6,000 workers, finding that more than half (54%) worked flexibly in some way in the last year. Part of this is remote working, which has increased amongst UK workers by nearly a quarter of a million over the last decade.

These trends reflect the view of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), who have referred to flexible working as “the new normal”.

Half of the UK workforce are expected to be working remotely by 2020, as this way of flexible working becomes a feature of most employer business models.

Amidst this there is one big disadvantage to remote working – loneliness. A study compiled by the New Economics Foundation estimated that 1.2 million Brits suffer from chronic loneliness, costing employers £2.5 billion a year because of the effect loneliness has on health.

Flexible remote workers make up a sizeable proportion of that figure, with this type of working synonymous with isolation.

This is where Office Freedom have emerged as a lifeline for workers. They offer coworking spaces which negate the need to work remotely from home and the importance of this role isn’t lost on Richard Smith, Founder and CEO of Office Freedom, who says:

“Coworking spaces can help combat the issue of loneliness associated with remote working. Modern flexible office space provides a habitat that supports staff wellness and welfare and promotes a culture of collaboration, social inter-action and productivity.

The choice of flexible workspaces is huge, facilities are first class and there’s a wide range of attractive options for remote workers.”

The need for coworking spaces has grown exponentially over the past year, and the movement towards flexible remote working shows no sign of abating. Richard believes that coworking spaces ensure that remote workers are not lone workers.

Employees don’t have to accept being lonely as a trade-off for the advantages of flexible and remote working. This sentiment is felt across the industry – psychotherapist and director of Stillpoint Spaces International, Dr. Aaron Balick says:

“Those working remotely will have special challenges in combating loneliness and will do well to make special efforts to develop positive social networks. Given that we spend about one third of our life in work, relationships in the workplace can be an important contributor to our mental wellness”.

for further information you can contact David Carter at Office Freedom directly on dave@officefreedom.com.

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