Note: This is a guest post by Vinayak Agarwal of myHQ. The author’s views are entirely his own and may not reflect the views of Deepanshu Gahlaut’s Blog.
In our recent past, the arrival of ‘work-from-home’ was a breather.
The idea that you could work in your pajamas all day long with a tub of ice cream at your disposal looked like a dream come true.
However, it was only a brief moment until we realized how much action are we missing out on the camaraderie, the buzz, the stimulating environment of a workplace along with interconnected abundant opportunities — we were missing out quite a lot.
In fact, as quick as companies were to grant an option of work from home, realizing the inefficient output, most of them reverted back to old-school office systems just as quick.
In 2003, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer banned work from home. And, so did the companies like Bank of America and Best Buy followed suit.
This happened due to the realization how sooner than later, monotony sets in as self-discipline and self-motivation evaporates in a whiff. The very essence of freedom we were riding on became a downer.
According to a study, work from home agents are not just 50% less productive but also have been found to spend 30% more time idle.
So, do we go back to our mundane cubicles?
Hell, not! We haven’t come this far to go back there.
Five years back, we were desperate to get out of our suffocating chambers. And so, we sneaked out even before we had an exit route and crashed right in our bedrooms.
However, turns out, a lot has changed in the last five years in our cosmopolitan cities. Innovative ideas buzzing out of incubating cookbooks have become a reality in the form of development and expansion of small and medium businesses. India is fast becoming a land of creators wherein previously it was just diligently providing services.
And so, exciting opportunities have given way to novice concepts of co-working.
Where budget restricts you to buy an office place and professionalism restricts you to stay at home, these experiments have successfully grown to give you a world of co-habited, budget-friendly and efficient working spaces.
Coworking spaces are shared workspaces for millennials and innovators to work, network and co-create from. It’s a whole new ecosystem that helps you succeed by providing the much-needed ambience and a community for exchange of ideas.
Modern coworking hubs have gone a step ahead to reprogram the urban spacing in our cities by creating shared office spaces. On the other hand, some have gone a step ahead to discover how there was an abundance of infrastructure but the lack of efficiency in utilizing them.
So they converted vacant places in hotels, cafes, restaurants, and lounges to create coworking spaces within your neighbourhood. A lot of freelancers and solopreneurs have been working out of coffee shops and cafes for decades but such a service ensures more controlled work environment.
Ditch your home, keep the pajamas, perhaps, and try new age workspaces.
Vinayak Agarwal is the co-founder of myHQ, a startup with a mission to revolutionize the way millennials work. They are creating a network of beautiful & inspiring coworking spaces and work cafes for people to work, network and co-create from. myHQ is also a vibrant community of 10,000+ entrepreneurs, freelancers and working professionals.
An entrepreneur at heart, Vinayak is an IIT Delhi alum and he worked with Goldman Sachs for 2 years before starting myHQ.