After remote work went mainstream, The National Bureau of Economic Research estimated an overall 5% productivity lift in the U.S. economy. Workers were able to spend more time on the tasks that mattered and less time commuting. Overall, most reported greater levels of satisfaction with their jobs. As most managers know, happy workers are productive workers.

At the traditional office, workers must contend with chatty co-workers, interrupting bosses, and meetings that drone on forever. Switching to remote work solved those problems for many, but then added the new problems encountered at home.

Let’s be honest: The work-from-home model doesn’t always mean people are actually working from home. Numerous disruptions can plague remote workers at home, such as internet connectivity issues, noisy family members, and interruptions ranging from fighting children to nagging spouses. Sometimes the at-home worker needs to get away… But they don’t want to go back to the office.

Hence, the rise of the co-working space. It’s like an office, but it’s not The Office.

Remote workers seek out co-working spaces for privacy, quiet, and secure internet connections. Depending upon the setting, other amenities might be available, such as high-tech meeting rooms. And who doesn’t love instant access to the perfect cup of coffee?

Co-working spaces allow for the autonomy of remote work (no boss looking over your shoulder, and no impromptu meetings that hold up the afternoon drive). But they’re often located closer to home, eliminating the need to commute deep into the city. Hours are flexible, just like the remote worker’s schedule.

And when in-person collaboration is needed? Those meeting rooms can be reserved. It’s the best of both worlds.

Meeting employee needs is always the best way to boost productivity. That’s why Parlay Cafe is not only here to stay, but here to grow. Give us a call to learn more about a promising franchise model that is set to take full advantage of remote work and co-working trends.