Why Third Spaces Are Key To Unlocking Employee Potential

Remote Work Feb 23, 2021

Over the course of the last year, the office as we know has drastically changed. The traditional ‘9-5’ is no longer the norm and the hybrid-work model is becoming increasingly popular.

Many businesses that need to increase employee productivity and happiness are turning to ‘third spaces’. This type of environment has the potential to create a magnetic space -- increasing the attractiveness of the workplace and heightening overall employee engagement levels.

The environment in which employees work is generally a ‘high-priority’ item when deciding to join or stay within a company. A dull or uninviting environment can create low-motivation and low-energy and ultimately, undermine productivity.

According to an article in Medium, 98 percent of respondents said that ‘anywhere working’ has a positive impact on productivity. That’s huge! In addition, Clutch’s 2018 Future of Work survey revealed that 54% of employees who have multiple workplace options believe that they are more productive when they take their work offsite.

That’s why we created WorkClub. A platform which empowers remote professionals and teams to ‘work from where they work best’ across a network of 180+ bookable workspaces and meeting rooms throughout London and beyond -- all through one app.

Home office on a Monday, local hotel communal space mid-week and Central London office on Friday to catch up with the team? We’ve got you covered.

What is a ‘third space’?

The term “third space” refers to a place in which people work from. The first being their home, second their office, and third is typically a space outside of these areas where one can work productively while interacting with like-minded people.

The perfect example of this is a local pub or restaurant -- the go-to third space for a huge amount of remote professionals. Not always for the food or coffee (although this does indeed help), but for the ambiance -- a cozy workspace with powerful WiFi, plug sockets and ample amounts of seating and desk options. All in all, a pleasant working environment that is both out of the house and away from the corporate office environment.

What are the benefits of a ‘third space’?

In a post-Covid world, the third space is a place in which both community and culture can thrive. A space that creates a sense of belonging, encourages us to come out of our shell, get creative, and be productive. Working from a new workspace has the potential to fuel new businesses and ideas.

Creative working partnerships may emerge through new connections, ideas will flourish, and the overall morale of the workplace can be lifted. A change in scenery alone is known to spark new ideas and creative concepts.

Work becomes, overall, a more exciting place to be and succeed.

We have a range of creative and collaborative workspace options on the WorkClub app. One of which is X and Why workspace in Whitechapel. This space is the powerhouse for productivity. With greenery and artwork throughout, accompanied by colourful booth seating, the space inspired a productive and creative atmosphere.

All in all, it is clear that employee productivity, engagement, and happiness all suffer when there are limited options for a workspace that suits the different needs of individuals. After all, we’re all different -- so why wouldn’t we want/need different working environments? It’s definitely not a one-size-fits-all world.