A common misconception of coworking spaces is that only freelancers and digital nomads have a seat at the tables. And while those demographics do compromise a large share of coworking memberships globally, there are still opportunities for employees of traditional, brick-and-mortar businesses to utilize a shared workspace as well. We’ve compiled eight ways traditional businesses can utilize coworking spaces.
How Traditional Businesses Can Utilize Coworking Spaces
- Host an off-site department meeting.
We get it. Your company conference room is already booked on the one day all of your staff are onsite, and you desperately need to run a department meeting or training.
Consider renting your local coworking space for a day to host your next team huddle!
Most coworking spaces have a separate conference room that may fit a smaller team and offer day rates for groups.
- Allow a committee to deep-dive at an offsite location.
You have assigned two of your managers to address a unique and pressing problem your business is facing, but their duties and distractions while at the office make it difficult for them to focus on brainstorming and developing a plan.
Renting space at a coworking office for a week, or even a day, will allow your managers time to dive deep into a task without the interruptions that come with being accessible to their employees while onsite.
- Find a temporary workspace for your traveling vendors, sales staff, trainers, etc.
If you work closely with out-of-town or even out-of-state vendors or trainers, chances are, when they come to visit your business for an extended stay, they will ask if you have an extra office in which they can work.
While your guests may need to complete some of their work on-site and face-to-face, they may be looking for a quiet place to finish other remote-based work.
Consider referring them to your local coworking space for a day or week pass. You will save yourself the hassle of rearranging your space to comfortably accommodate another body, and you will help another local business!
- House overflow staff.
If your business is booming and you are on the verge of outgrowing your current building, consider utilizing a coworking space for an employee or two with remote-based duties.
Whether you are working on expansion plans or just waiting out some staff changes that will allow for more office space in the future, you can take advantage of shared office space for the time being.
Likewise, if you hire additional remote-based help seasonally or for a single project (such as simple data entry before the holidays), you can house a worker or two remotely at a shared office space where there’s plenty of elbow room.
- Provide temporary office space to displaced workers.
If you are planning some light office remodeling—such as taking down a wall or sprucing the place up with some painting—you may need a place for your workers for a day or two while the dust and fumes subside.
Or maybe you have to do some unexpected construction—think leaks, smoke damage, or weather damage—and need to rehome your team for a week or two.
Either way, a short-term pass at a coworking space is a great option for when your staff can’t be at the office.
- Allow a stressed employee a catch-up day.
You have an employee who is at the brink of a mental breakdown—but they refuse to take off work because they are too swamped.
Consider offering them the option to work remotely from a coworking space for a day or two while they catch up on their core responsibilities or a single series of tasks that are slipping away from them.
This allows them dedicated work time without the distractions and possibly diffuses a near-meltdown situation.
Never underestimate how a little change of scenery can improve someone’s perspective!
- Allow for remote/flexible work.
Because of the increase of digital tasks and importance placed on employee wellbeing, you may have employees who are asking for flexibility in their position in terms of hours or location of work.
Say, for example, you have an employee requesting to work in the evenings (instead of your typical 8-5 structure), but they do not have space at home to work. If you’re not comfortable granting them access to the building alone at night, you can still arrange a space for them to work at a 24/7 coworking space.
- Provide flexibility during business upheaval.
And, obviously, there’s always an option to move to a coworking space (whether permanently or temporarily) instead of a traditional brick and mortar building should you choose to restructure, move, and/or downsize your business.
Ready to utilize the coworking concept for your business?