As technology has become more advanced, so has the use of third space as a place of work. Research has found that people prefer to work in places other than their home or the office. Popular locations include libraries, coffee shops, business centres and lounge settings.
Many people enjoy flexible working, and the ability to save time and money and have a better work life balance. However it can be difficult to stay motivated when working from home, and people prefer to work in a place with like-minded colleagues.
The phenomenon of “work is where we are” is in evidence all around us, typing an email on the train, making a phone call in a hotel lobby or having a meeting in a coffee shop. Many third places are more formalised with public buildings such as the British Library, Kings Place in London, and Royal Festival Hall, offering open areas for free third space working.
Whilst these free areas are popular, they can be un-conducive to concentration. There is an increase in ‘pay as you go’ options. These workspace provide private contemporary havens for third space working in a network of venues. Companies such as Near Desk in the UK have used technology as a solution to provide everyone with a workspace where they want it.
Many employees are concerned that by giving staff flexibility, it will make it difficult to monitor their performance. However as people have a sense of belonging in an organisation, and are provided with the right tools, they will feel empowered to use their time productively, and find work as a rewarding and successful experience.