Over the past 18 months, there has been relentless attention around workforce and workplace themes like the “Great Resignation” and the “Great Migration,” which has raised some important questions: What was real? What was overblown? What did we get just plain wrong in 2021?
Co-working has been evolving even before the pandemic. So how will co-working take shape post-pandemic?
More importantly how will co-working fit into the future of work as workers return to office and also with the increasing adoption of hybrid work?
After being in the co-working office space sector for close to 10 years, I’ve seen it change immensely during that time. It started with a few early adopters and is now much more mainstream as a new way of working.
As the first glances of a post-pandemic world creep into view, one of the biggest questions remains around how we will all be working in the future. The pandemic forced many to work from home, who were confronted with a whole wave of both challenges and benefits. Undoubtedly, the world of work has been permanently changed, with flexible work arrangements now much more feasible.
It is quite clear by now that most companies will not be able to get their employees back at the office full time. Therefore hybrid work is likely the best compromise for both employers and employees.
How can companies implement hybrid work successfully?
Here are some tips for a smooth implementation.
It seems almost every leader and almost every organization are planning for the great return—getting people back to the office on a more regular basis. We know the future of work will be hybrid, with the vast majority of people working from both the office and from their homes. But beyond that, there is a lot of uncertainty and honestly, plenty of room for error.
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.
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.
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.
As the economy opens up and workers returning to the office, short-term flex office spaces could help employers and employees return to work as well as help companies transition to a hybrid work arrangement.
Workspace at Industrious’ Glendale location (Courtesy Granite Properties)
What You Need To Know
After a down year, co-working companies are looking to rebound
As the economy opens up and people are getting COVID-19 vaccines, many employers are looking at ways to bring workers back to the office
The coronavirus and shutdown orders caused many co-working companies to collapse due to lack of demand
Short-term flex office spaces could help employers and employees return to work
It is time to reimagine the workplace as offices reopen. The role of the office is expected to change vastly post pandemic.
The 3 key areas that will see changes are health and workplace wellness; purposed and private spaces for focused work; and increasing role of the office for building culture.
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Last spring, CNBC Make It asked workplace experts how the pandemic could change the future of work.
Brent Capron, the interior design director at architecture firm Perkins and Will’s New York studio, predicted workers would come back to the office on a hybrid schedule. They’d continue to do individual focused work from home and convene in office spaces redesigned as “elaborate conference centers” for large gatherings.