25+ Things Members Want From Your Coworking Space

With the increasing adoption of hybrid work the industry is also seeing an increase in demand for coworking space.

 

However for coworking and flex space operators to attract and retain members they need to really understand what members want and to continually improve on their offerings.

 

Here are some tips that differentiate a good from a great coworking space.

 

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As we two-step toward something approaching normal life in your coworking space, let’s take a minute to re-center on your members—and what they want.

 

As you prepare for the workspace wave, here are 25+ things members want from your coworking space.

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5 changes to implement to make a ‘kid-friendly’ coworking and receive moms who do home office

By turning your coworking space into a kid-friendly place, you can attract and receive moms and dads who are in need of a quiet place to work. A ‘kid-friendly’ coworking space offers a great solution especially for remote working parents.

 

5 changes to implement to make a 'kid-friendly' coworking and receive moms who do home office

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Since the school and office closures were implemented due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many working moms have been forced to make home offices. This brings the challenge of being professionals while taking care of our little ones or supervising their online classes.

 

Because of this, going to a ‘kid-friendly’coworking space became the best solution (and a great relief) for us. If you have not yet adapted your establishment to receive mothers and their children, here we tell you what changes can benefit your business.

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How co-working spaces can maintain community spirit in the new normal

As co-working returns from the pandemic it is taking on a more important role than before especially in the new normal. With workers returning to the office co-working is playing a big role in engaging the community and providing a platform for collaboration.

 

 

The pandemic has challenged our society and fundamentally upended its social construct. While its impact may last long with social distancing, lockdowns, and resulting economic fallout becoming the new norms, we do have the resilience to pull through these tough times.

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Evolutions In Workspace Design

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As companies dig into to the future state of work within their own organizations, numerous workplace models will be examined, including satellite offices; hub-and-spoke models; networks of smaller, lower-cost office spaces closer to employees’ homes, to name a few. At the same time, the home office market will also grow exponentially. In fact, we have already seen a handful of office furniture manufacturers pivot to direct-to-consumer marketplaces. Regardless of the model, we remain confident that design solutions will revolve around the employee experience, with a keen eye on flexibility and choice, technology, sustainability and wellbeing, inclusion, and diversity—all culminating into culture-driven environments.

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AI’s Nuanced Impact On The Workspace Will Be Bigger Than Covid In The Long Run

Technology including artificial intelligence will play an increasing role and driving transformation in the workplace especially AI will influence how we work in the future.

 

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A wave of automation and artificial intelligence adoption by larger firms is expected start reshaping both who works in offices and what they are doing amid a widespread return to the office.

 

A 2020 survey by Deloitte found that 8 in 10 corporate effects had already implemented some form of robotic process automation, or RPA, a multibillion-dollar industry dedicated to automating repetitive tasks, increasing efficiency and decreasing expenses.

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THE ULTIMATE DEFINING TERM OF THE FUTURE: WORK FROM ANYWHERE

The pandemic has definitely shaped the way we work in the past year. Terms like Work From Home (WFH) and Remote Work are now widely used. In response to the “new work normal” a new phrase has come up in everyone’s vocabulary, Work From Anywhere (WFA).

 

So what does work from anywhere mean and how will it influence the way we work? How will WFA shape the future of work?

 

  • The GWA’s annual conference covered topics ranging from the current pandemic to the impacts and opportunities for the industry with a redistributed workforce.
  • During the event, experts argued how the work from anywhere trend will affect enterprise portfolios and how flexspace providers can respond.
  • The demand for increased flexibility will require a shift in how buildings are developed and upgraded, according to the panelists.

 

In a panel discussion titled, “THE Defining Term of the Future: Work From Anywhere”, speakers provided their perspectives on how the work from anywhere trend will affect enterprise portfolios and how flexspace providers can respond.

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“WE’RE NOT GOING BACK”: THE POST-CRISIS WORKPLACE IS HYBRID

The hybrid work model has been gaining a lot of attention and the popular consensus is that most organizations will incorporate some kind of work flexibility for the returning workforce. Therefore the hybrid workplace model will be widely adopted by most companies post pandemic.

 

But what are the benefits for and expectations of companies going hybrid?

 

  • A survey by IDC carried out in August 2020 found that before the Covid-19 pandemic, 8.4% of people in the US worked from home full or part-time, and in the post-crisis future, that figure is expected to be 15.8%
  • Because flexible work has proven to be highly beneficial, the future will incorporate hybrid work.
  • A hybrid approach combines the benefits of working from home with the core reasons we use offices.

 

Does working from home actually work?

 

Like everything, it depends on who you ask. It depends on their circumstances, their home setup, their job role, their individual personality, and whether or not they have noisy kids.

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Improved Collaboration & Communication in an Open Office Just a Myth?

In the early aughts, when tech companies were booming, we were shown their workplaces and it looked like nothing compared to the “traditional” offices in the 80’s and 90’s with the endless gray cubicles. These offices, with its open plan concept and jean-wearing employees, looked so ideal that everyone wanted to work for these companies. These places made it seem like actual work is fun.

 

 

For a while, it became the dream office design. Managers are not secluded in their offices and are now approachable. The open office seemed like the perfect solution for collaboration and camaraderie amongst employees. It takes away the formality of interacting with a coworker when you can easily reach them rather than having to knock on doors. Plus, it is a whole lot cheaper to build.

 

However, if you have read any of the articles about open office spaces in the last few months, it seems it is all just myth after all.

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