Category: Coworking

How to Manage Hybrid Teams When Returning to the Workplace

Hybrid teams

July 14, 2021 | Business, Coworking, Shared Office Space, Virtual Offices

The past year has given leaders a crash course in handling remote teams. Everyone rose admirably to the challenge, pivoting to digital workspaces, virtual meetings, and cloud-based task management. But the gradual return to in-person working presents a new leadership challenge: managing hybrid teams.

We know by now that remote workers have fundamentally different work experiences from in-office workers. Managers need to work vigilantly to bridge the gap – and ensure that both camps have everything they need to work efficiently, effectively, and collaboratively. Here’s how:

Find Ways of Bringing People Together

One of the biggest challenges of a hybrid work environment is that remote workers are less visible – and this can have a significant impact on your team’s cohesion.To avoid an “us vs. them” situation, make sure remote workers feel seen and included. Make regular use of digital communication channels such as Slack, G-Suite, and Zoom, encouraging both work-related and “off-topic” conversations that foster camaraderie. And make specific, concerted efforts to check in with remote team members to show them that they’re acknowledged and appreciated. Give them room to open up about how they’re feeling and commit to taking concrete steps to fix any issues raised.

Break Down Silos – And Balance Workloads

When your team is split between in-person and remote workers, it’s easy for office-based workers to become your “go-to” team members due to convenience and visibility. But this can result in overwork of these individuals – and the exclusion of remote workers. Make it a point to break down functional silos, engage different team members on various tasks, and ensure that workloads are adequately balanced. This will improve visibility and inclusion for remote workers while ensuring that office-based workers aren’t burdened with being the point of contact for every task or project. And don’t forget to provide a centralized database of everyone’s roles, responsibilities, and contact details. This will help team members seek each other out and delegate tasks where required.

Prioritize Communication and Information-Sharing

Fast-growing organizations or companies in rapidly shifting markets are constantly taking in and disseminating new information. It’s all too easy for remote workers to get left behind. In addition to using the standard digital communication channels, make it a policy to record presentations, share meeting minutes, upload documentation and assets, and promptly disseminate any business-critical information so that remote workers don’t end up out of the loop. This may require you to spend some time speaking separately and specifically to remote team members so that they’re on an even information playing field. You’ll also want to take the time to define any new processes or communication approaches, including things like chains of communication and what type of information should be communicated using which channels.

Encourage Flexibility Around Working Arrangements

Many factors dictate whether an employee prefers to work from home or from the office, but those factors may vary from day to day. Rather than expecting an office-based worker to always be in the office or a remote worker to always be remote, organize your work environment so that employees have the option to work from home or the office if they desire. Encouraging remote workers to stop by the office from time to time can re-energize them, strengthen relationships, and help new team members put a face to a name. Similarly, allowing flexibility around the work hours and location for local workers can help build goodwill and reduce burnout. Shifting part or all of your workspace to a flexible working location such as a coworking space is another option – one that highlights that you’re proactively seeking to accommodate your team’s needs as the norms of contemporary working continue to shift and realign post-pandemic.

Talk To Us About Making Hybrid Working Work For You

At District Offices, we’re proud to offer a variety of highly amenitized on-demand workspaces in a series of strategically positioned locations in central D.C. Whether you’re seeking a hot desk arrangement for when remote workers “drop in,” occasional meeting room rental for when the whole team gets together, or a larger private office space that can flex with your team’s working preferences, we can help. Talk to us about how we can help your team make the transition to hybrid working as seamless, efficient, and positive as possible.

How Your Workspace Influences Your Company’s Recruitment and Retention

Recruitment and Retention

July 7, 2021 | Coworking, Shared Office Space

Workspaces have a significant effect on companies in a variety of ways. They impact employee happiness and productivity and are seen as a perk when a candidate considers where they choose to work. 

While there are many things to consider when selecting the ideal workspace, it’s important to know how much a workspace weighs on new hires and how long an employee stays. This information reinforces the value a good workspace provides and why it’s a profitable investment. Let’s explore the ways a workspace influences your company’s recruitment and retention in 2021. 

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Coworking is Ideal for People in the Legal Profession Looking for Space

Legal Professionals

June 17, 2021 | Business, Coworking, Private Offices

As the world begins to return to in-person working, solo attorneys, lawyers, paralegals, and other law professionals are rethinking how and where they work. But large law offices or chambers can be expensive, inflexible, or scarce in terms of availability. Little wonder legal professionals looking for space are turning to coworking as a viable option.

Here’s why coworking can be the ideal workplace solution for people in the legal profession.

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Price vs Service: The Difference When Looking for an Office

Price vs Service

June 7, 2021 | Coworking, Dedicated Desks, Private Offices

Looking for an office will quickly have you assessing your business’s current and future needs. It’s hard to know how to find the right office space and what price you should be paying depending on which services you are getting. What services are worth paying for? What does your business need? What price point makes sense? Keep reading for tips and insights into weighing out price and services when looking for an office.

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Getting Back into an Office Routine

Office Routine

February 10, 2021 | Coworking, Dedicated Desks, Private Offices

We’re now almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, something that has required us to stay at home and rethink how we spend our days. By now, most of us are thinking longingly of our carefree days in the office and even of the commute to work.

But after a year of being out of the game, you might not be quite ready to make the leap back to in-person working. We understand. Just like getting back into a workout routine after some time off, getting back to the office can seem a bit daunting. Will those “work” muscles still function the same way? How much of a transition is going to be involved?

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The Perks of an On-Demand Workspace in Washington D.C.

Workspace in DC

January 21, 2021 | Coworking, Washington DC

Business today is all about being flexible and personalized. Just like we want to access our entertainment a la carte, we want the same from our workplaces. That’s why D.C. workspaces like District Offices exist – to give you everything you need from a workplace when you want it. Here are just some of the reasons our drop-in, on-demand spaces are a winning bet.

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Agile Businesses Need Agile
Office Neighborhoods

office neighborhood

November 24, 2020 | Business, Coworking, Private Offices

When your workspace shapes how you work, it is little wonder that workplace design is on everyone’s minds. Organizations have always strived to create workplace environments that foster productivity and employee happiness. This is why we’ve seen the shift from cubicle farms to vast open-plan spaces – and now something in between. We call this flexible, something-for-everyone solution the “agile office neighborhood.”

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Find the Best Remote Work Style for You

remote work

October 16, 2020 | Business, Coworking, Private Offices, Virtual Offices

When the Coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. earlier this year, many of us retreated into our homes to work remotely. While working from home has its perks, it’s not ideal for everyone — and it can be especially challenging for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and start-ups.

Luckily, there are some great options that can help to improve and augment the work-from-home experience. Let’s explore some remote work styles and how each one can benefit you and your business needs.

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Work Productivity: The Impact of a Workspace on Your Performance

workspace

October 7, 2020 | Coworking, Dedicated Desks, Private Offices

Efficient working isn’t about working harder: it’s about working smarter. One critical yet often overlooked element of productivity is not how we work, but where we work. Though our workspaces play a vital role in how effectively, creatively, and collaboratively we work, studies indicate that only 57% of workers feel that their workspace is set up accordingly. And with many of us now working from home in less-than-ideal circumstances, that number is likely to be even lower again. With productivity closely linked to employee satisfaction, it’s vital that employers take steps to create workspaces for optimal working.

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How to Encourage Teamwork from a Distance

teamwork

September 30, 2020 | Business, Coworking

Collaboration between employees plays a critical role in the success of a business. But now that so many people are working remotely and office capacity is limited (and socially distanced), how do we continue practicing good teamwork?

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