A new remote outdoor workspace opens in the heart of Montreal
MONTREAL – Summer is fast approaching and many Montrealers can’t wait to spend more time in the sun, especially those who have spent months working indoors from home.
From this week, those who work remotely will have a new option.
An outdoor remote workstation is now open and free 24 hours a day on Saint-Laurent Boulevard. in the heart of the city.
“Working from home, alone, all year round, is very sad,” said Emilie Wake, co-founder of Air Commun.
Wake is a creator of Ilots D’Ete, a network of 24 outdoor work pods across the island of Montreal.
“We have wifi and outlets, electrical outlets so people can bring their laptops,” she said.
Pods allow people to work without an appointment all day.
Wake said the response has been positive so far, with workers happy to get out of the house to work.
Psychologists have long touted the importance of social connection in the outdoors, especially for those trapped indoors for work.
“For a society to be healthy, there must be common spaces for people to come together, either to do things together in silence or to do things more collectively,” said Dr Robert. Edward Whitley of McGill University. “I think any measures that encourage people to go out and socialize and do things together should definitely be encouraged.”