The current COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up a number of industries, as many businesses came to a screeching halt to ensure that they could flatten the curve as much as possible. Naturally, stopping production or work out of nowhere can create serious issues down the line. And unfortunately, there are very few industries that are immune to this coronavirus fallout.
One industry that has people wondering if it will make it through the coronavirus is coworking workplaces. Community spaces have been growing and growing in popularity over the past few years, thanks to the larger availability of remote jobs.
A coworking space allows someone who may not have their company’s office to report to, have a space they can pay for monthly that has more of an office environment than say, their kitchen table.
With the current situation, everyone’s main concern right now is safety. How can a coworking space practice social distancing or upkeep cleaning requirements? The coronavirus has raised a lot of these types of questions across numerous industries. So, how exactly will coworking spaces operate when they can safely reopen?
Many coworking workplaces across the country have reopened and many have stated that they will be cleaning high-traffic areas, such as doorknobs, chairs, desks, etc. nearly every hour. Additionally, there will likely be a cap on the number of people allowed in the coworking space to accommodate the required six-feet distance.
As these coworking spaces do start to reopen, it is likely that they will offer great discounts to encourage people to come back. Especially, since many traditional high-rise office buildings will likely opt to stay closed as they yield a much larger rate of people coming and going than a community workspace would.
In fact, researchers predict a large increase in coworking memberships as people realize that they may not be able to return to their main offices for months or even the remainder of 2020. Since people and companies alike have realized that they can successfully make the jump to remote work, it may drastically change how we operate in the corporate world. It’s much cheaper for companies to have their employees work from home or from a coworking flexible space than to pay for an expensive downtown high-rise office space.
Many people crave an office; a place that is separate from their living space to maintain a healthy work-life balance. So the opportunity to find a coworking space where they can go to work alongside likeminded individuals can help them remain focused and get the work done. While the coronavirus has thrown a wrench in both corporate and personal plans, a coworking space may be able to bring a bit of normalcy in a very abnormal time.