Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP Sue Webber has praised local business Breakout Currie after she visited the business in June. Breakout Currie is a co-working space situated at Currie Chieftains Rugby Club that opened in January 2021.
Mark, the Head Coach at Currie Chieftains, first thought of Breakout as a way to help the club financially during the COVID19 crisis. Instead of making more budget cuts, he started thinking about what the club had to offer. At the same time Mark had started to work from home and was getting fed up with his home gradually turning into an office. He was finding it difficult to switch off from work when the kids came home from school. He realised he could solve both problems with Breakout. The club is in a great location and the space was not used during work hours.
Remote working will continue to play its part in the new economy, whether full-time or as part of a blended way of working. Sue is concerned that people will no longer have the “office door” creating a boundary, with work on one side and your personal life on the other. Sue often observes during virtual meetings that employees are working in their bedrooms, at dining room tables or in a quiet corner with a head set on. Being able to separate your work and personal life is crucial to maintaining a healthy balance.
Even before the pandemic, remote-working and technology had seen work creep into home life. Weekend emails were becoming normal, and now with home working that has become even more frequent. As school holidays start, many home workers will be dreading the lack of quiet space as the children are at home again. Losing the quiet, uninterrupted space, needed to focus fully on work could be very damaging to home workers.
Scottish Conservative MSP Sue Webber said: “On my recent visit to Breakout, this co-working space seems to be the ideal solution to the issues so many families face when adults are working from home, students are studying and younger siblings are on holiday. The craziness of day to day life at home isn’t conducive to effective home working and I would highly recommend you pop along to Breakout, if you live close by.
"There is a sustainable coffee bar, with tea, coffee and snacks all sourced locally and space for exercise if you need to further clear your head. The team at Breakout have created something that aims to support the local area, and offers something that is not readily available elsewhere. I was very impressed!”