Monthly Archives: November 2017

Evaluating the Pros and Cons of Coworking Office Space

Coworking office spaceDeciding to rent coworking office space is a big decision. It is one that should not be made lightly. Whether you are moving from a traditional space or just starting out, it is important to determine the pros and cons of working in this new office configuration. Here are a few of those pros and cons to help you get started.

Coworking Office Space Pros

1) Great opportunity for networking. Take advantage of the events that coworking spaces provide like happy hours, learning seminars and impromptu gatherings. It’s a chance to meet those around you and possible future clients.

2) Take note of what is included. Coworking spaces provide a variety of services that could save you money over time like cleaning, Monday morning breakfasts, snacks and coffee. Many spaces come fully or partially furnished, a big expense for anyone starting out.

3) Variety of spaces inspires creativity. Sitting in the same space, staring at your screen can become monotonous. Take advantage of the variety of venues to work together with your team, find private space or hold meetings.

Coworking Office Space Cons

1) Beware of distractions. With all the great amenities being offered to you and your staff, you’ll need to set ground rules. It’s very easy to want to do all your work in the common areas but you’ll need to evaluate if that is the model you want for your business.

2) Isolation. If you choose not be part of the networking events, you could feel isolated even with people around you. Make a conscious effort to be a part of some of the organized activities.

3) Poaching. With so many companies co-located together, chances are that there are other companies who do similar work to your company in your space. To help avoid the possibility that one of your employees will leave to join another company, include a no compete clause in your hiring process.

Moving to a coworking space is both exciting and scary. There is always a bit of a fear of the unknown. Contact us to help you navigate the next stage of your company’s business.

3 Workplace Strategies That Will Boost Productivity And Morale

boost productivityFor some business owners, blending workplace productivity with morale can seem like something of a balancing act. But this doesn’t have to be the case when you employ workplace strategies that prioritize both. In this post, we will examine three key workplace strategies that will help you boost productivity and morale in the office.

  1. Set up Spaces to Disconnect: With technology and social connection dominating not only our personal lives, but our work, it is becoming increasingly harder to step away from the online connectivity. However, if you want to place more emphasis on empowering the natural creative talents of your employees, you’ll need to set up an area where your team can disconnect. Have an internet-free zone somewhere in the office. Dedicate this space to natural production of creative ideas where inspiration won’t be interrupted by the internet.
  2. Keep Placing Emphasis on Flexible Work Areas: Although we have seen a recent push in workplace flexibility, it’s important to continuously re-introduce it to your team. Don’t let these flexible spaces be underutilized. Part of the reason some companies might struggle to utilize these spaces more often is because employees don’t know how. If many workers have been used to the cubicle setup for decades, it can be difficult to break that habit. Continue to reiterate the availability of unassigned work spaces and encourage your employees to use them.
  3. Prioritize Coworking: Coworking is not just for the creative freelancer. If you are employing co-working tactics in your company, embrace this mode of working and celebrate the benefits of it. Continue to evolve your coworking strategy to build both flexibility and stronger relationships among your talented employees. Offer an agile workplace with flexibility to meet your needs and boost productivity and morale among your employees.

For more info of getting help with your office space needs, contact us today.

5 Ways to Make Your Workplace Millennial Friendly

Millenials meeting in coworking spaceLooking to make your workplace a better fit for millennials? Millennials are now the majority of the workforce and research shows that millennials are also a major driving force behind workplace change. Here are a few tips for making your workplace millennial-friendly.

Incorporate Technology

Millennials are in love with technology. Find ways to incorporate tech into your workforce. Go digital and discard the paperwork. You can also use technology to collaborate on various projects, whether in the office or remotely. You can create private groups on social media, such as Facebook or LinkedIn groups, for your workers to connect even when not at work.

Offer Flexibility

Millennials don’t like sitting in a cubicle eight hours a day. Offer flexibility, such as lounges or sofas where they can work on their laptops. You can even give them an opportunity to work remotely at times.

Offer a Workout Area

Offer your employees the opportunity to work out. You don’t need a full gym. A treadmill, a chin-up bar, and a few weights may be enough. You can also get standing desks and treadmill desks for your workers.

Offer a Snack and Drink Bar

Millennials love a fridge full of cold drinks. Offer soft drinks and perhaps even beer. Offer various healthy snacks such as fruits and health bars. Let them understand that you trust them to use the snack bar to improve their performance.

Go Green

Millennials care about the environment. Make your office a green office. Do this by making the building, office products and business practices environmentally friendly.

While the workplace itself is not the only thing that will keep millennials happy, it is a start. For help with finding a workplace millennial friendly and everyone else, contact us today!

Creating Connections in Coworking Office Space

coworking office spaceCoworking office space provides you a great opportunity to make business connections and generate new business from within. Just outside your office door are so many potential clients. Are you using your work environment to your competitive advantage?

Here are three tips for how you can create meaningful business relationships in your own coworking office space.

  • Participate in Informal Networking Events. Most  coworking office space offers their resident companies learning opportunities, lunches, happy hour activities, and other times to just gather in the common areas. Use this time as chance to get to know the companies around you. Find out more about these companies lines of business. Remember to bring your business cards with you too.
  • Monitor Message Boards. Many coworking spaces offer a place to post information about yourself and your company. This is also a chance to see if others are posting job opportunities too. Often you will see that companies are posting for accounting services, graphic designers, videographers or legal services.
  • Use Your Space as a Calling Card. Many coworking spaces allow you to put your logo on your door or on the windows to your office. Use this also as an opportunity to create a poster sized board within site of the common areas with more information about your company, something similar to what you might bring to a trade show. The companies around you will get a chance to see you and your line of business. This may encourage them to knock on your door.

The best by-product of coworking office space is that opportunity lies just outside your door. Contact us for more information on how we can find the right office space for you.