COME Monday morning, you will find scores of people heading to their company's meeting rooms to thrash out ideas for the week.

After a while, heading to that meeting room may become something of a drag.

There is nothing in there but table, chairs and a certain coldness in the air.

Which is why a group of managers at a small firm here have opted out of the usual meeting venue.

They now meet at a nearby cafe instead and all of a sudden, those Monday meetings have become something to look forward to for some and less painful for others.

Working from a cafe within easy reach of a caffeine fix sounds wonderful but a recent survey by service office operator Regus showed that it is not popular.

Singaporeans, it found, find that the lack of privacy, the need to constantly safeguard belongings and the lack of access to office equipment make working in cafes and coffee shops less than ideal.

Granted, there's also the noise level to contend with - and it's not just from the coffee machines.

Some people just talk very loudly. They can't help it and that leaves you helpless: you are almost forced to eavesdrop.

"Trendy business pundits have been claiming that working from coffee shops is becoming increasingly popular, and we all know that the occasional visit for cappuccino with a side-serving of Wi-Fi can come in very handy," said Mr John Henderson, Regus regional director for APAC.

"However, our latest research shows that, while it may suit short spells, working for any length of time from a coffee shop can seriously affect productivity."

Indeed, no one is saying that you should out work out of a cafe every day, unless you want to.

"Remote working is about enabling employees to work from any environment that makes them more productive," says Mr Michael Chetner, vice-president, Polycom Asia Pacific.

"Today, collaboration technology and widespread Internet connectivity is enabling people to work from almost any device and any location, not just noisy cafes."

If a cafe is not the place for everyday work, the trick is to make it the occasional place for work or to have some "cafe days" for casual meetings.

After all, it offers a pleasant time-out from the office and you won't be distracted by phone calls, the need to clean your desk, or to get coffee from the pantry.

Furthermore, a change of environment may inspire you to think differently or get creative.

And there is research that shows that the buzz of a busy cafe may just be what you need.

Last year, a study in the Journal of Consumer Research found that the ambient background noise in bustling cafes can fuel creativity.

Even if it doesn't, just the act of going to the cafe is enough to perk you up. What more can you ask for on a dull Monday morning?