The needs of many workers have evolved with the rise in remote working and new restrictions that we have seen over the past year.
The users of coworking spaces are no different. It is crucial to address these changing needs in order to make coworking memberships as supportive, flexible and safe as possible for anyone using them or interested in exploring how coworking can make a huge difference.
Below are some things that are particularly important for anyone using coworking at the moment.
Flexible packages and contracts
Given the current uncertainty many businesses and workers will be feeling, flexible memberships are a must for coworkers.
Some coworking spaces sign up members on an annual contract. But with so many unknowns about the future, it’s important members have the option of shorter contracts, and this flexibility can often suit the type of workers who may use coworking offices, such as freelancers.
At SO Fourteen all our memberships work on a rolling monthly basis, allowing members to scale their usage up or down from month to month, or cancel at any time.
Safety and cleanliness
No matter where people are at the moment, it’s crucial that they feel safe and relaxed in their environment, and that the facilities they are using are kept clean.
Not only is it important to protect people’s health, but keeping a coworking office clean can help to put members’ minds at rest, allowing them to work productively.
One key reason many people may be looking to use coworking office at the moment is to get some human interaction, particularly if they live alone or have been working from home for long periods.
It is important to facilitate this as much as possible for members. While events may not be possible at present, coworking still gives members the chance to interact with each other on a daily basis – whilst following social distancing guidelines of course!
For start-ups and small businesses in particular, a support network is crucial when going through difficult periods. Having people to bounce ideas off of and discuss any challenges can make it feel like you aren’t alone, and coworking spaces provide a great way to build that network.
Whether it’s just having a moan over a coffee, getting some advice on a new challenge or asking for recommendations for professional support, a coworking community can be a great resource for its members at this time.
We have seen a large number of enquiries from people who would usually be office based but have found themselves working from home this year.
Often these workers do not want to enter into a monthly membership, as they might be back in their normal offices in the future. However, they still want a welcoming, professional environment that they can use when they need to meet colleagues or clients, or just need to escape from the house for a few hours!
Have you considered joining a coworking space in recent months? If your working needs have changed and you’d like to give coworking a try, call us on 023 8112 5014.