How Coworking Solves The Challenges of Working From Home

Posted by James Crenshaw on Feb 21, 2024 2:08:17 PM

Remote work frequently results in distractions and the merging of work with personal time. This article examines how coworking spaces assist at-home workers in navigating these challenges and more, while also showcasing why Gather Newport News might be the ideal solution for many remote work requirements.

Separating Work and Home: The Coworking Solution 

If you struggle to balance your personal and professional lives at home, you are not alone. Turning your home into an office is a challenging juggle, often at the expense of both. Thankfully, the blueprint for getting it right doesn't have to be complicated. Here's how:


  • Get your space right: The dining room isn't designed to be a workspace, nor is that second bedroom that was converted into an office. Coworking spaces are designed for work, offering you the perfect environment to separate your professional life from your personal one.
  • You-time is key: Schedule time for yourself like you would a meeting. Balance it with family time. This isn't a luxury—it's essential. According to Business News Daily, managing personal and work time boosts your mental wellbeing and productivity.
  • Draw the line: Boundaries are your best friend. From a dedicated workspace to strict work hours, these are the non-negotiables that signal your brain it's time to focus. It's about creating a mental 'work mode'.
  • Coworking spaces = Smart move: Lower stress and higher focus, coworking spaces offer the best of both worlds. They're a testament to working smarter, not harder, ensuring you keep your professional and personal lives distinct and thriving.


Coworking spaces, such as our Gather Newport News location, coupled with firm boundaries and dedicated personal time, are your toolkit for thriving in the modern workspace. Once you make the shift, watch as your work-life balance transforms from chaotic to harmonious. It's a decision that your future self will thank you for.

Break Free from Social Isolation with a Working Community

The shift to remote work, while flexible, often comes with one particularly harmful side effect: social isolation. Humans thrive on interaction, as this NYT article astutely points out. A lack of it can lead to feelings of loneliness and a dip in motivation. Coworking spaces act as vibrant working communities, breaking down the walls of isolation and fostering a nurturing work environment.


  • Diverse Work Community: Coworking spaces are melting pots of creativity and innovation, where freelancers, entrepreneurs, and remote workers from varied backgrounds converge. This diversity sparks new ideas, creativity, and a strong sense of camaraderie.
  • Networking and Relationships: Beyond just a place to work, coworking environments like Gather Newport News offer numerous chances to mingle at the water cooler, coffee bar, or during regular events such as Cookie Hour every Wednesday. These interactions can blossom into professional relationships and friendships.
  • A Sense of Belonging: In a coworking space, you're not just sharing an office; you're becoming part of a community. These spaces are designed to make you feel included and valued, injecting a sense of purpose and belonging into your daily routine.


Here’s how Gather Newport News goes beyond your typical co-working environment to actively combat the loneliness of remote work:


  • Cultivating Community: Through regular and special events, curated networking opportunities, communal kitchens, and shared spaces, Gather Newport News encourages members to connect, share ideas, and grow together.
  • Building Professional Networks: With a diverse membership base and seven locations throughout Hampton Roads and Greater Richmond, Gather facilitates the expansion of your professional network, opening doors to new opportunities and collaborations.
  • Enhancing Daily Work Life: Regular social events, like our 3pm Wednesday Cookie Hour, not only provide a break from work but also foster a welcoming and inclusive community atmosphere.


Coworking is more than a solution to social isolation; it's a way to enrich your professional life with meaningful connections and a supportive community. At Gather Newport News, the emphasis is on building a tight-knit community ensures that working remotely doesn't have to mean working alone.

Coworking Reduces Distractions While Increasing Productivity

Working from home comes with its own set of challenges, chief among them being the myriad distractions that can derail your productivity. The lure of unfinished household chores, the endless streaming of Netflix and similar services, the demands of kids and pets, not to mention the presence of spouses or the temptation to tackle those ever-pending chores, can fragment your focus, making it difficult to maintain a steady workflow.


Gather Newport News spaces are thoughtfully designed to foster concentration and productivity. Picture yourself in the company of like-minded individuals, all gathered with a singular purpose: to work efficiently and effectively. This collective mindset creates a respectful and supportive atmosphere, where the distractions of home life are replaced by a shared understanding of the importance of focus and productivity. Moreover, the vibrant ecosystem within coworking spaces serves as a catalyst for furthering your productivity:


  • Motivation and Creativity: Surrounded by passionate professionals, you'll find yourself more motivated and inspired.
  • Hub for Innovation: More than just office spaces, coworking areas like Gather act as innovation hubs where aesthetics and functionality merge to stimulate creativity and drive productivity.
  • Designed to Induce a Flow-State: Each Gather Workspace, including the Gather Newport News location, is designed to help achieve a working flow-state. Surrounded by professionals who are all committed to their work, our workspaces allow for uninterrupted work periods that are both highly productive and satisfying.


By addressing the common challenges of remote work and providing a structured yet dynamic setting, coworking spaces don't just offer a place to work—they provide an environment that nurtures creativity, efficiency and professional growth, paving the way for substantial business development and personal fulfillment.


Maximize Business Potential with Tailored Services and Technology

Every coworking space differentiates itself through the specific amenities, community vibe, and technological offerings it provides. These variations mean that no two coworking facilities are exactly alike. Gather Newport News distinguishes itself by offering an extensive array of amenities designed to support and enhance your business operations in a way that feels both comprehensive and customized.


  • All-Inclusive Office Services: Gather includes essential services like printing, shredding, and notary services, ensuring your administrative needs are effortlessly met.
  • Dedicated Meeting Spaces: Equipped with audio-visual tech, Gather's meeting rooms are perfect for everything from client pitches to collaborative team sessions.
  • Creative Podcast Room: Tap into the power of digital marketing with Gather's podcast room, ideal for content creation without the need for heavy investment.
  • Professional Mailing Address: Elevate your business image with a professional mailing address and secure package reception, a standard feature at Gather.
  • High-Speed Internet and IT Support: Stay connected and productive with Gather's robust IT infrastructure, including top-tier internet connectivity and technical support, ensuring you're always online and operational.


Choosing Gather Newport News means opting for a coworking space that understands the diverse needs of modern businesses. With a suite of tailored amenities that address everything from daily administrative tasks to advanced technological requirements, Gather ensures that your business is well-positioned for success.


Amenities to Supplement & Reward Your Productivity

Coworking spaces aren’t just about getting the job done; they’re about enhancing how you work. At Gather Newport News, our amenities help set the scene for a dynamic workday, blending productivity with pleasure.


  • Complimentary Gourmet Refreshments: Locally roasted coffee to kickstart your day, with beer, wine, cider, or tea to wind down or fuel brainstorming sessions.
  • Community Events: Engage in events that build connections, foster a supportive network, and promote professional growth.
  • Holistic Experience: A workspace that goes beyond the desk, creating a comfortable, vibrant environment tailored to your needs.


With amenities like these, coworking spaces redefine the work experience, making each day more than just tasks and to-dos. At Gather Newport News, work and pleasure combine to create a relaxed, enhanced working enviroment.


Tailor Your Workspace to Fit Your Flow

The cornerstone of the coworking philosophy is flexibility. Coworking spaces can empower you to keep your work situation as dynamic as you are. At Gather Newport News, we offer numerous working setups to meet your unique needs:


  • Hourly Conference Rooms: Perfect for important meetings or focused team sessions, available whenever you need them.
  • Daily Passes: Ideal for those who require a professional workspace on an occasional basis, offering full access without long-term ties.
  • Monthly Memberships: A great way to dip your toes into the coworking pool, providing a taste of the community and amenities with the flexibility to adjust as needed.
  • Annual Memberships: For those all in on coworking, offering the best value and additional benefits, anchoring your business in a vibrant professional community.


Our diverse range of workspace options, suitable for individuals and enterprise teams alike, grants you the freedom to work in a way that best suits your needs and preferences. Embrace the flexibility that comes with coworking and discover how it can transform your approach to work, making every day more productive, more inspiring, and perfectly aligned with your personal and professional growth goals.

Interested in seeing how Gather Newport News can revolutionize your workday? Schedule a tour or reach out to our team today to discover a coworking space designed with your needs in mind.


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