The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) surveyed 6,000 UK workers and found that over half of respondents worked flexibly or remotely in the past year.
In fact, half of the UK workforce are expected to work remotely by 2020 as flexible working becomes the new normal.
While flexible and remote working have a myriad of benefits, with it comes loneliness. A study from the New Economics Foundation estimates that 1.2 million Brits suffer from chronic loneliness, which in turn costs employers £2.5 billion due to the impact this has on health.
Office Freedom hopes to combat this by offering coworking spaces for remote workers to have a place to be productive, while socializing with other like-minded professionals.
“Coworking spaces can help combat the issue of loneliness associated with remote working,” said Richard Smith, CEO of Office Freedom. “Modern flexible office space provides a habitat that supports staff wellness and welfare and promotes a culture of collaboration, social interaction 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.”
Richard said that employees don’t have to accept loneliness as a trade-off for flexible and remote work positions. With coworking spaces continues down a path to growth, chronic loneliness for these workers could become a thing of the past.