Phlex Friday Nosh & Know @ The Village

Phlex Friday It’s ‘nosh and know’ and its coworking and networking whilst you learn. Each session will focus on a different topic to help you move your business forward.

Presenter: Caroline Sumners

Learn all about:  Your one sentence vision of who you are what you do.

Short presentation followed by Q&A working session with a small lunch provided.

 

Phlex Friday Breakfast Nosh & Know @ Becketts

Coworking and networking

Phlex Friday Breakfast ‘nosh and know’ session followed by coworking and networking in the lovely surroundings of Becketts Deli. Each session will focus on a different topic to help you move your business forward.

Presenter: Jill Farmer

Learn all about: A guide to Agile working.  We all work agile these days and Phlex is about embracing this. Jill will take you through how to do this effectively to minimise any health and mobility issues and introduce you to quick tips of how to work better. 

Short presentation followed by Q&A working session. Then stay and work with us the rest of the morning. Small breakfast provided.

 

10 reasons why coworking benefits you and your business

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For me the benefits that co-working has brought to my business have been huge.  I first joined a co-working space in January 2015 after I had spent a year and half working from home.. and going slightly crazy.  It might not be for everyone, but here are 10 reasons why you might want to consider co-working:

  1. Increased productivity: It is true to say that working in an office environment with others around you can increase your productivity. In fact a recent Global Co-working Survey by Deskmag found that members of co-working spaces were 74% more productive. Who doesn’t want to be more productive, right?
  2. Improve your mental health. Working at home all day every day can be lonely, especially if you live alone too. Humans are basically sociable creatures and if it is a choice between seeing people everyday or having to nip to the local Co-op to have a conversation with someone, then I know which I choose.  A 2017 study showed that there was ‘an elevated risk of poor subjective health among freelance workers who are exposed to adverse psychosocial work conditions’ and this Guardian article highlights the ongoing issues as well.  By working in a co-working space and having that human contact, mental health issues, feelings of loneliness and isolation can be significantly reduced – and the Co-op staff get less visits too!
  3. Networking without the networking: I don’t know about you but personally I hate the forced nature of networking, but in a coworking space you are doing this naturally every day without even trying.
  4. Professional office space: Having a professional space to invite clients for meetings can give you that professional edge over your competition.
  5. Avoid home disruptions and distractions: Working at home means that your home and work space may merge and its all too easy to get distracted with the house chores, TV or even the dog.
  6. Collaboration and support for other small businesses: It’s just human nature to want to support your fellow workers and so you find yourself supporting and promoting your colleagues business. Thats a win win for sure. And did you know Jill and I actually met and formed Phlex as a result of working in the same co-working space? …. so you never know what will happen!
  7. Switch off from work: By physically going to a place of work it makes it easier to switch off at the end of the day or at weekends and it means you can better separate out these two aspects of your life.
  8. Flexibility:  Because co-working spaces will almost always offer full time desks as well as hot desks, it is easy to flex your requirements up and down with your business. The Phlex App ( in development) will make this even easier for you.
  9. Better for your physical health: Before deciding to move into a co-working space, most people that work at home will work from their living rooms, kitchens or even bedrooms (in their pyjamas.. Jill!). The unfortunate truth of this is that most people don’t sit in a way that is good for their posture and this is when injury can occur.  In co-working spaces, you are much more likely to be sat at a desk with an appropriate chair, therefore reducing the possibility of health problems. But if you are working from home, don’t worry, you can do loads to work in the best way possible. You can check out Jill’s tips for Agile Working here. 
  10. Increase your social network: OK I know you may have 500+ friends on Facebook but by working in a space you will soon find yourself with new friends to go for coffee.. or wine with.
  11. …….. OK I know I said 10 reasons but.. ….don’t forget perhaps the most important reason of all….. the office Christmas Party. Its a bit tough to have a Christmas party by yourself!

What do you think? Leave us a comment and tell us how you have benefitted from working in a co-working space.. and if you are not ready to go into a full time co-working space, then maybe come along to one of our popup co-working days. We would love to see you.

Caroline xxx

3 Simple Steps to Agile Working and Getting You Comfy on the Move

best agile working tips

Are you sitting comfortably?????….mmmm….maybe, maybe not…..so here is our 3 simple steps to Agile Working.

It’s great all this flexibility in our working lives that the technological revolution now affords us.  No longer necessarily tied to our desks Monday-Friday for 8 hours a day, we can now work wherever and whenever we please.

But the traditional desk and adjustable office chair does have its benefits in terms of our physical comfort because we can adjust them to our needs.  So how do we begin to replicate that and remain comfy when we’re working here, there and everywhere??  Well actually it’s not that difficult really – a few simple things to think about and a pragmatic approach to your physical ergonomics is all you really need.

  1. Move, Move, Move, Move Move

Yep this really is our top tip – everything that comes after this is secondary really.  Just keep moving.  Change your position at least every hour – go for a walk, chat to a colleague, go to the loo, go get a glass of water….. any excuse to get you moving – just don’t sit in that same position for hours on end – even the so-called perfect position will do you no good at all if you don’t shift ya’ bum!  Little and often – at least 5 minutes every hour – off you go!  I also wrote a blog about this as well – check out Are you Sitting Comfortably?

  1. Lighten Your Load

It’s so easy to keep lobbing stuff into your bag and never ask yourself if you really need it or clear it out.  Maybe that’s just me????  No I don’t think so – many of us are guilty of it, so take a long hard look at your bag every day and if in doubt leave it behind.  Phew!  Feels better already.

  1. Separate Your Keyboard and Screen

The problem with laptops is that it’s impossible to get into a decent working position, because if the screen is at the right height, then the keyboard will be too high and you’ll be hunching your shoulders, and if the keyboard is at the right height then the screen will be to low and you’ll be leaning forward.  Neither are great for your neck/shoulders and posture generally and you’ll definitely start to feel it if you do it too often.  So do yourself a favour and get yourself a small, lightweight (see number 2!) keyboard, mouse and laptop raiser (recommendations coming soon), and you’ll feel the benefit straight away.

Easy!

Well there is more to it than that but that’s enough to get you started.  We’ll cover some more detail in future blogs, but if you’ve got any burning issues or questions then please just shout and we’ll do our best to answer them.

Jill xxx

Pop up coworking in Portsmouth is here!

coffee at our coworking in Portsmouth pop up

Yesterday was our first day of popup coworking in Portsmouth and it was truly fab! Though we say so ourselves! ? and so Phlex is now officially up and running!

A great turnout for our first day – thanks so much to See Change Happen, Art2Arts, Peas in a Pod Consulting, Audazzle, Jorge Bergasa, Natalia Michalska, Beat The Seat, Kim Wilkinson, Mona King, Gethin Jones, Martin Holwill.

Coffee, tea, mince pies from our friends at Mum and Dads Kitchen (don’t expect those seasonal treats every time folks!), chat…..oh and a bit of work…!

It was a very lovely feeling indeed looking round and seeing people do exactly what we hoped they’d do – work of course, but also get to know each other and start to build the relationships that will support them in the future.

Some came on their own, some came with colleagues and used it as a meeting and catch-up day, and that’s the whole point – use it however suits you.

Personally I did very little work apart from the 1st half of this blog (because Caroline told me I had to!….and I always do as I’m told?!), and generally swan around, eating mince pies and feeling pretty chuffed with it all.

So the whole point of these popups is to find out what works, what doesn’t, what you (the co-workers and space providers) want and need so that we can make our service everything you want and need it to be.  If you have any feedback or suggestions for us we’d really love to hear it – please don’t think you have to only tell us nice things because although the nice stuff is obviously lovely to hear, it’s the not so nice stuff that really helps us grow and improve, so don’t be shy – let us know.

2017 has been pretty crazy.  It’s been a very busy few months getting us to this point and we have lots more still to do to get the app up and running and working for you in the new year, but we’ve loved every minute of it so far and can’t wait to really get going.

Come and work with us in 2018 – see the website and facebook for more details as we list them, but for now it’s Kings Street Tavern every Wednesday 10-4 in January and many more in the pipeline.

See you there! Jill xxx