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One is the Loneliest Number: How Coworking Can Save Your Mental Health

One is the Loneliest Number: How Coworking Can Save Your Mental Health

There are plenty of things in the quintessential office environment with the power to drive a person crazy. Annoying coworkers, bad bosses, that thief who won’t stop stealing your food from the office fridge (don’t they see your name on the label?!).

But for the mobile worker, freelancer or entrepreneur, these office annoyances are often taken for granted. When you’re working from home every day, you begin to miss the things that office workers consider the very bane of their existence.  

That’s not to say that some quality “alone time” with your cats is a bad thing. But if you’re relying on your pet to fill the void of actual coworkers, you may be doing a disservice to your career and your mental health.

According to research, socialization is vital for a well-rounded life. In fact, lonely people are 50 percent more likely to die prematurely than those with healthy social relationships.

But even if “all I need is me, myself and my dog” is your current mentality, that’s OK. It’s never too late to make the switch to a more social, livelier you. Coworking spaces are helping thousands of independent workers bridge the gap between freedom and the typical office environment.

Here are a few reasons why coworking spots are good for your mental health.

 

Getting up is hard to do.

The science is in and it’s clear: sitting is bad for your health. It can be all too easy to fall into a rut when you’re working from home, day in and day out. From spending your days in pajamas to wondering if that old container of leftovers can still be salvaged for one last meal, spending too much time at home away from civilization can lead to some pretty gross things when you’re left to your own devices.

Coworking spaces are the ideal spot to post up, walk around a little, and feed off of the creativity of others. So if you’d like to put yourself together, get dolled up in your most capable-looking outfit, grab your coffee and get ready to take on the day, or at the very least…shower daily, consider how coworking can light that fire.

 

No new friends? 

Finding friends during adulthood is hard, but you’re even more unlikely to find them if you’re shut in your house all day. While we don’t advocate cruising your nearest coworking space in a desperate search for a BFF, all we’re saying is: the friendships being built at coworking spaces are changing lives every day. 

If you’re hoping to find a new pal to play with, it’s not going to happen at home or at the nearest Starbucks. The only way to lock down your next great friend, teammate or business partner is to meet them first, and whether that’s through one of our networking events or just an ordinary day at the office, you’ll find that a little human interaction can go a long way in elevating your optimism and overall sense of well-being. 

 

All Hail Happy Hour!

If you currently have a job you love, consider yourself lucky. But even the happiest workers require some downtime to operate at full-force, and at coworking spaces, that means Happy Hour. While Happy Hour was once an opportunity to meet coworkers at the local watering hole for some brews, things get done a little differently at coworking spots. Instead of driving to a bar across town, maybe you just walk a few feet to the café and grab a beer. Happy Hours are a great opportunity to kick back, let loose, and really get to know your fellow coworkers on a level outside of the constraints of your 8-5 job.

 

Not a big drinker?

Not to worry.

Sometimes we carry Kombucha, too.

 

A melding of the minds.

If you’re a parent, there’s no doubt in your mind that your kid is brilliant. But will they be able to help you file your taxes, or give you advice about picking out a hard drive?

Probably not.

One of the biggest benefits of coworking — one that’s often overlooked — is the incredible melding of minds that occurs at these spaces. On any given day, you may come across an accountant, a software developer, a writer or a marketing guru. Each of these brings value in its own unique way.

 

When you’re working from home, it may seem like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. Joining a coworking space gives you access to all kinds of outside help from committed professionals who love what they do and, in all likelihood, want to pass it on. When you’re coworking, the long-awaited answers you’ve been seeking may finally stumble upon you. It’s then up to you to take them and run.

 

 

 

 

 

How Grindstone Coworking’s Private Offices Compare to Traditional Offices

How Grindstone Coworking’s Private Offices Compare to Traditional Offices

Debating between Grindstone or a traditional lease? Here’s what we offer above and beyond the commercial rental agreement.

The pace of business is faster than ever, and all companies, no matter how large, have to operate with speed and agility.

Perhaps you need to open an office in an emerging market, or scale the number of employees in a specific location. Maybe you’ve just acquired a company and require a space for those new teammates, or are launching an innovation hub and seeking an inspiring space where people can collaborate.

In any of those situations, you’ll need to source space—fast. Yet, the commercial real estate process has not evolved to match the speed of business. Leases are still long-term and inflexible. They don’t take into account that most companies need to scale up and down in markets around the world in order to stay competitive.

So What’s a Company Leader to Do?

Grindstone Coworking has a solution: Grindstone Private Offices are a private, personalized space for 1-2 employees within a thriving coworking space. With Grindstone Private Offices, you get your own dedicated and private workspace, access to conference rooms, amenities, and branding—plus full operational support and access to all Grindstone Coworking common areas. This way, you can easily source as much or as little space as you need between our locations—without committing to a long-term lease and paying for space that will, at some point, inevitably go unused.

Grindstone Private Offices offer you agility, without compromise.

Wondering what that means? Here’s how Grindstone Coworking compares to traditional commercial office space. 

Lease Terms

Commercial leases are long-term—three to ten years for prime real estate in the United States. These contracts are usually inflexible. Companies that experience growth or change rarely find that they have the right amount of space for their employees—they’re either overcrowded or underutilized.

Grindstone Coworking understands that businesses evolve. We expect your needs to change year to year—or even month to month. That’s why our service agreements start at six months for Grindstone’s Private Offices. If you need to expand, just let us know. We can work to meet your needs for additional (or less) space.

  • Commercial Lease: Roughly 3-10 years
  • Grindstone Private Offices: Starting at Six Months

Lease cost

Signing a commercial lease on office space requires an upfront payment to secure it, often first and last month.

With Grindstone Coworking, there are no major capital investments or hidden costs. We charge a one-time setup fee with your first month’s membership. There’s no costly deposit or hidden charges.

  • Commercial lease: First and last month as advance payment
  • Grindstone Private Offices: $350 one-time setup fee

Office buildout cost

After you’ve signed a lease for a commercial office space, you then have the task of customizing  it. This means sourcing and managing architects, designers, contractors, engineers, IT specialists, and other vendors. In the RGV, the average office buildout costs between $75 p.s.f. to $150 p.s.f., depending on the space finshout. On top of that, the search, customization, and buildout before move-in can take 12 to 18 months. This leaves a lot of room for unproductive work as employees remain stuck in inadequate environments while they wait for their new space.

With Grindstone Coworking’s Private Offices, you don’t need to undergo expensive and time-consuming build-outs. We’ll work with you to help make the space your own. First, you select the office. Then, we’ll help integrate your branding and personal touches.

  • Commercial lease: $75 to $150 per square foot in the RGV
  • Grindstone Private Offices: Move-in ready 

Office operation costs and logistics

Even the best-designed office can’t run itself. 

Grindstone allows you to offload office-management logistics. Our team handles Wi-Fi, utilities, conference room reservations and guest accommodations, security, cleaning, and mailroom services. We stock the cafe with water and gourmet MoonBeans Coffee. It’s all included in your Grindstone Coworking membership.

  • Commercial lease: Headaches & Hassle
  • Grindstone Coworking Private Office: Peace of Mind

The benefits of a Grindstone Coworking membership

With Grindstone Coworking’s Private Offices, you get your own private space, with a reception area, cafe area, and phone booths—and you enjoy all the benefits that come with being a Grindstone Coworking member. Your team can work, take meetings, and connect with other Grindstone members in your location’s common areas. We also provide access to continuing education workshops for entrepreneurs and small businesses, career-development and networking events, and perks like discounts at local eateries.

  • Commercial lease: N/A
  • Grindstone Coworking Private Office: $0

Focus on your business, not on real estate

As a business leader, the decisions you make don’t just affect your company’s performance. They also impact each employee’s overall experience.

That’s why Grindstone Coworking is here for you. With Grindstone Coworking Private Offices, your company gets a private, beautiful workspace designed for innovation and creativity that’s perfect for your company, and your employees get all the benefits and perks that come with being Grindstone Coworking members. But most importantly, we give you the ability to leverage our spaces to help you meet your business objectives—while giving your employees the best experience possible.

Grindstone Coworking offers companies of all sizes space solutions that help solve their biggest business challenges. 

Want to see for yourself? Give us a call at 956.900.2190 to schedule your tour today!