Working Without Clocks and Walls

Between working from home and traveling to cover the latest events and destinations, the 'work+life fit' philosophy makes a lot of sense to me. But it's not just about when we work, it's also about where.

“We seem to be concerned with when we’re going to get work done,” author Cali Yost said in an interview held at the new Regus Business Lounge at Midtown, when I toured the space last month, “but not where.” She explained that communal workspaces, like the Regus lounge, a new three-story, flexible workspace in New York City, “give you an option to think about the ‘where’.” The flexible workspace provides people with varying needs, capabilities, and work schedules with a space to convene.

Regus’s Thinkpods are intimate work stations that provide personalized space for individuals to concentrate.

The Regus Lounge at Midtown held its Grand Opening this past Wednesday night. The innovative, state-of-the-art space — that includes offices, eight Thinkpods, five meeting rooms, and a library — makes work/life balance a little easier by providing peace and quiet for people who need to hold an interview or work on a project alone, and more collaborative space for meetings or brain-storming sessions. The new lounge is one of 1,500 Regus work lounges in 100 countries worldwide.

Yost stresses that work+life fit is not one-size-fits-all. Everyone needs to find what works for them. She notes that a key component to making time for what matters is “giving power to the small things.” This means taking time out of your week to make that doctor’s appointment you’ve been putting off, get lunch with a friend, or pay those bills that have piled up. By giving just as much power to the small things, as you do the tight deadlines and stressful demands of your day job, it’s easier to strike a harmonious work/life balance. “People are always on, and we’re asking them to do more with less,” Yost said in an interview with CNBC. “People need to be engaged, and you cannot be an engaged worker when you are tired, when you are sick, and when you are just truly burnt out.”

Check out a virtual tour of The Regus Business Lounge at Midtown:

Sarah Beauchamp

Sarah Beauchamp was formerly assistant editor of Convene.