Co-working spaces poised for comeback as businesses adopt hybrid office model

Many industry players are expecting demand for flexible office space to increase after the COVID-19 pandemic. This bodes well for co-working space operators especially after a challenging year of lockdowns and work from homes.

 

With people returning to work and organizations adopting a hybrid work policy co-working spaces are poised for a comeback. Here is a quick preview of where co-working spaces are headed.

 

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The Bat Haus Coworking and Event Space in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Shridhar Gupta photo)

Co-working spaces, like many other businesses, were caught flat-footed by the drastic drop in activity when the pandemic hit last year.

 

Almost overnight, people worldwide fled shared offices to work from the safety of their homes. The drastic drop in customers forced some co-working centers to close, while others had to rapidly adapt their offering to weather the coronavirus storm.

 

Now, with employers growing more optimistic that it will be safe for staff to return in the near term, demand is poised to rebound this year as many organizations consider allowing employees to continue to work remotely at least on a partial basis, real-estate experts and business operators say.

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How To Safely Reopen Your Coworking Space: A Curated List Of Steps

With the rollout of vaccination accelerating and COVID-19 restrictions easing offices worldwide are getting ready to welcome back the workforce.

 

Especially for shared flexible workspace operators one key area of concern is how can their coworking spaces safely reopen to members. This article offers useful tips and safety measures coworking space operators can implement before welcoming their members back to their workplace.

 

  • Operators are working to make their spaces safer as people begin to head back to the workplace.
  • Before people can safely and comfortably return to their workspace, some changes will need to be made.
  • These steps offer guidance on how to reopen your flexible workspace safely.

 

Around the world, businesses are starting to slowly reopen and welcome people back into the workplace. As governments continue to lift lockdowns and restrictions, organizations across industries are still figuring out ways in which they can safely reopen their workplaces.

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Redesigning the Post-Pandemic Workplace

Work as we know it is forever changed by COVID-19. Now is the time for managers to envision the office that employees will return to.

 

This research piece sheds light on how organizations should rethink, reinvent and redesign the post-pandemic workplace for their returning workforce.

 

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The world has experienced widespread disruption over the past year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the successful development and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine, the timeline for when the so-called next normal will arrive is clearer. Leaders should begin to take steps to consider what the workplace will look like when it arrives.

 

There is no going back to the prepandemic workplace. Organizations and individuals have had no choice but to discover new ways of working. Many have reported successfully implementing years’ worth of digital transformation plans over the course of a few months. Even companies that needed to maintain a significant colocated workplace used digital innovations to improve employee and customer engagement and safety. Managers should begin asking themselves how they can build on such innovations to further transform their businesses instead of planning a return to ways of working that were becoming outdated and obsolete even before the pandemic.

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Long live remote work: Why the global workplace is forever changed

How has the workplace changed with remote work?

 

This article 

 

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Vlada Karpovich photo

Once office workers at French carmaker Groupe PSA return after the country’s coronavirus lockdown is over, they’ll find that 85 percent of office space is now or is in the process of being converted to meeting areas.

 

The carmaker’s plan is that even once all Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and regardless of what country they are in, PSA’s non-manufacturing staff will work remotely two-thirds of the time in a so-called hybrid model.

 

Yes, it took a pandemic to usher in a global work revolution, and the workplace is forever changed.

 

The pandemic has overhauled how organizations and employees think of work, accelerating into several months or even weeks trends that had been slowly developing for years.

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Essential Tools for Co-Working

 

No matter what line of work you are in, your skills, intelligence, talent, or even luck may not be always enough to help you succeed or reach your goal in a short amount of time.

 

There will always be a need for tools — whether hardware or software — that will help you manage the little things more efficiently and effectively, so you will have more time to deal with the big things and do what you do best.

 

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Co-work to Connect, Collaborate and be part of a Community

Still not convinced why you should pay to rent a desk to get work done when you can just go to the public library and access Wi-fi for free or to your favourite coffee shop in your neighborhood?

 

 

Well, you are never guaranteed that you’ll get good seats in a coffee shop that are right next to a power outlet. Yes, a library would be a great place that is quiet to let you focus on your work, but then that is all you get. Continue reading “Co-work to Connect, Collaborate and be part of a Community”

Co-Working for Your Ears

Always on the go and do not have a lot time to sit down and read articles and blog posts?

 

If you are one of the millions of people (yes, millions) who would rather listen to podcasts or audiobooks about everything under the sun and moon instead of read about them for whatever reason, then this would be one of the few blog posts you would want to, and should make time for, to read.

 

 

And because we know you are very busy with your day, we did the work for you — for your listening pleasure, below is our compilation of podcasts about co-working, co-working spaces, co-working space owners, and co-working community events.

 

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The Soundtrack of Your Success

 

You finally found the perfect co-working space in your neighborhood and its community is thriving with a diverse group of entrepreneurs and innovators. But, it’s the middle of the week and you find yourself staring blankly into your computer screen, waiting for inspiration to strike, or time has caught up with you and now, you have to wade into the countless emails you’ve been putting off for weeks.

 

 

 

You just simply can’t be motivated. Fortunately, there is a simple solution that you can incorporate into your work routine to help relieve the monotony.

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Co-Working: The (Near) Future of Work?

Co-working has come a long way since, well, depending on your point of view — it’s either 1995 if you are looking at the advent of the co-working movement with independent workers/professionals, more specifically hackers, or 1962 if you are taking the serviced offices angle.

 

 

If you are interested in looking at the co-working timeline, deskmag created a 1995-2013 timeline here as an article, and as a visual timeline here (unfortunately the images that used to be there are missing now, but it’s still useful). You will find the 1962-2017 flexible workspace timeline created by allwork here.

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No Freelancer Is An Island

As mobile technology becomes more advanced and Internet access increasingly ubiquitous, working remotely has become a more viable and oftentimes more practical option for a majority of the always-connected workforce. Additionally, it seems the freelance economy is on the rise, with a growing number of people preferring freelance work where they have the opportunity to earn more compared to traditional jobs. Hence, there are more professionals working from home or coffee shops than ever.

 

 

And why shouldn’t they? Continue reading “No Freelancer Is An Island”