How Co-Working Spaces Can Help Keep Your Business & Personal Life Separate

A recent Harvard study indicated that workplace stress may account for 120,000 deaths or more annually, and costs up to $190 billion a year in healthcare spending.

The truth is that independent business owners often wind up in the same place: working long hours to stay productive, and finding their personal time and priorities consumed by work. It’s for these reasons that it’s important for today’s entrepreneurs and small business leaders to find ways to separate work from their personal lives.

People in businesses of all kinds today are getting used to the idea of communicating with one another exclusively through digital means.

And this isn’t just a function of the “digital age” in general, but rather the result of fairly dramatic improvement in business-oriented online communications systems.

As an example, the popular software Slack presents ways to keep conversations organized and provides an alternative to email, all within a single service. A tool like this can keep a whole company’s worth of people tapped into the conversations they need to be aware of.

Unfortunately, programs like Slack (or Zoom, GoToMeeting, etc.) also break down communication boundaries. When the primary method of interaction between leaders and employees (or simply coworkers) is a digital software, one can check for messages at any time, and feel pressured to respond at all hours.

If you organize your business to operate largely through a coworking space, in other words, there can be face-to-face interactions during work hours – with the expectation being that those interactions stop at a certain hour, until the next morning.

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