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The notion of work in the post-pandemic years has shifted fundamentally. Flexibility has taken over the 9 to 5 routine to become a key component of the work of the future. While many are returning to work in an office, there is no certainty of the future workload, and it is not clear when there would be a change in Covid policies again.
As CEO of WeWork, Sandeep Mathrani puts it, people are looking for a “hybrid way of working”. They often come to the office for a few days per week, before going back to working from anywhere else for the rest of the week. Leaders of companies are attempting to find the right balance between maximising the benefits out of working in the office and having freedom beyond a conventional workspace.
This is when coworking spaces come in to define the work of the future. They offer the conduciveness of an office space without the strict commitment and confinement of the traditional office space. A Space Between is one such co-practice space with 14 thoughtfully designed rooms for rental by therapists and other professionals. Check out how it differs from regular office and its unique benefits to the professionals working there.
A Mixture of Private and Shared Spaces
Unlike traditional office space that relies on cubicles and a very structured design, the co-practice workspace includes both private and shared spaces to cater to your needs. From cosy lounges and hot desks to the individual office and meeting rooms with glass walls, there are both shared spaces that are suited for collaboration and private spaces that can enhance productivity. The colour schemes and choice of furnishing are also carefully selected to cater to effective therapy and counselling.
This flexible arrangement implies that you do not have to limit yourself to one type of working style. There are also different-sized private meeting rooms for your clients, ideal for both group and individual therapy sessions.
Optimised Environment for Productivity
Spending many hours at work in a traditional workspace can get draining quickly. By the time half a day passes, you may feel drowsy and begin to decline in productivity. Taking this into account, a co-practice space is designed intentionally to keep you in high energy throughout the day. The ambient lighting, moderated air temperature, and vibrant colours all contribute to a conducive environment for enhanced productivity. There is enough comfort for you to feel at home.
At the same time, the co-practice space keeps you accountable and performing your best professionally. When you are sharing the space with other professionals, you can use it as a reference point for your own progress. Things like the time they are arriving at work, the tasks they have accomplished and their levels of engagement can all motivate you to stay productive. This is in contrast to the home or other non-professional environments where you can only rely on self-discipline.
The combination of work environments for different working styles also ensures that productivity is optimized.
A Sense of Community
When you are starting out with your own business, working by yourself can feel lonely. A co-practice space offers a sense of community. When there is a group of like-minded people, there is also shared purpose and belonging that can uplift your spirits.
As Eugene Chong, a psychologist working at A Space Between, puts it, “working in a community” is much more “workable” than “working alone in just your own office”. You may find yourself looking forward more to coming to work too.
Flexible Cost Structure
Unlike a traditional office space where you have to cover the monthly lease regardless of how often you head there to work, the flexible cost structure of a co-practice space like A Space Between can help you to save up. In the post-pandemic era, it is rare for people to meet in the office daily. Furthermore, such a cost structure makes sense for therapy practice as it runs on client bookings.
Choose your own hours and you can pay for just the time and space you require for your business. You do not have to worry about overpaying your lease when you are not using the space. With a drop-in fee of *$250, you can enjoy the experience of working in a co-practice space with photogenic interiors, sophisticated furnishings, and plenty of room for setup.
In addition, as a co-practice space already includes the built-in facilities like cleaning staff, stable WIFI, front desk, kitchen, bathroom, and others, you do not have to cover the overhead costs. This makes renting a co-practice space more affordable than opening your own office space.
Besides the immense cost savings, there are also fewer logistical concerns. You do not have to worry about rising property prices or day-to-day maintenance. This frees up more time for you to focus on your work.
Improved Work-life Balance
Traditional office hours are set and do not take into account individual working hours and preferences. Once the space is leased, there is pressure to use it as often as you can. In contrast, the flexibility of a co-practice space allows for more work-life balance as you come in based on your own schedule and preferences.
If you are a therapist looking for a co-practice space, A Space Between’s proximity to the Tanjong Pagar MRT station and its central location makes it easily accessible to your patients.
Furthermore, as A Space Between is in the CBD area where restaurants, fitness studios, and shopping malls are mere walking distance away, you can enjoy leisurely time with great convenience.
Catering to Your Business Needs
While a traditional office space follows a default design, a co-practice space is often structured specifically to meet your business needs. A Space Between ensures that there are built-in safety features to optimise the comfort level of all involved. This is critical for mental health work as the right environment can greatly impact patients’ moods and responses.
Eugene Chong is the Director / Principal Counselling Psychologist with Seeding Minds with 16 years of experience. He is also an adjunct lecturer at various schools that offer approved psychology and counselling training programmes, from Diploma to Masters Levels.
More About A Space Between
We currently have over 40 members of practising therapists, with each specialising in several fields such as depression, relationship, paediatrics, and LGTBQIA+. It is a convenient working space for hosting counselling and small group therapy. If you are looking to rent a space, you can find out more information here. You may also request a tour of the co-practice space to confirm if it is the right fit for you.
Yimin is open to new experiences and perspectives. She is most passionate about psychology and creative writing and hopes to publish a novel someday.