We’re at an interesting point in time for co-working spaces. Will they close due to fear of virus-spreading and people preferring to stay home? I don’t think so. There’s a more optimistic view that matches what I’ve seen in the last 5 years I’ve spent running Kloud Collective in Taupo.
1. Save money on leases
Businesses have redesigned themselves dramatically since lockdown to have their staff work as effectively as possible off-site. They have seen how effective this has been, and may now be wondering if their expensive office leases around the country are a necessary part of running their business in a post-Covid19 world.
- My staff are happy and productive off-site
- We can cover some of their home/work expenses and still save money
- Maintaining an office in town for everybody to travel to and work in seems unnecessary now
Co-working spaces provide a cost-effective means for teams to meet in person, brain-storm together, bring a social element back to a workplace.
2. Finding focus while working
One of the repeated things I hear from co-working tenants is the elevation in mood and productivity they experience being back in a workplace, even just for a few days a week.
A reason to get up, put real shoes on and travel to a place with an intention to “be at work” all contribute to this feeling of accomplishment and focus. Being around other busy people even for a couple of days a week is energising and empowering and you can’t get that working at home Mon-Fri.
You probably have a great home-office set up too, I certainly do, but having a destination, the act of traveling to a workplace and getting stuck in increases productivity across the board. Social interaction with other business-minded people from a diverse range of enterprises is stimulating and healthy too.
Co-working spaces are a vital hub for the growing community of people working away from a central office or starting out with their own business venture.
After a month or two of getting used to how work looks now after lockdown, I think co-working spaces will kick back into high gear. Businesses and their staff are re-evaluating how best to work while enhancing productivity and well-being. Co-working spaces provide the environment to foster both these things.