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.”
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.
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.
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?
As workplaces begin to reopen or provide options to come back into the office, employees are faced with a difficult decision. Is it safe? Although it’s mostly the employer’s responsibility to keep employees safe, employees also need to assess their situations, understand the risks, and take preventative measures. Below we’ve outlined tips for creating a safe environment when you head back to work.
There’s no doubt that coronavirus has turned how we work on its head. Just like that, employees were working remotely while juggling kids and logging hours outside the typical 9-5. And companies had no choice but to adjust to this new normal – even if they didn’t previously embrace a work-from-home culture.
The management and functions of modern workplaces are currently up for debate, leading to lots of change and rethinking. Some workplaces are coming out of lockdown with new safety and sanitization protocol, while others will still be empty for months to come. As we know, coronavirus is not ending anytime soon, and so it’s time to think about longer-term changes and what workspaces should look like moving forward. As we look at the future, let’s acknowledge how we can enhance the workspace. Below we’ve outlined what to take into account to make your workspace better considering the current world.
At District Offices, we receive a lot of inquiries from businesses that are looking to lease coworking space in order to fulfill the requirements needed to become a DC Certified Business Enterprise (CBE). Let’s take a look at why CBE status is so sought after for DC small businesses, and how a coworking space can help achieve it.
Whether you’re an independent contractor, startup, or SME your goals are the same: to maximize growth and profits. That means spending more time on high-value areas of work such as client acquisition, contract management and project delivery, and less on handling office admin. If flexibility, ROI, and simplicity matter to you, then a coworking space or virtual office service should be on your radar. Once you’re part of a coworking ecosystem, you’ll be able to reclaim plenty more time and resources for building your business.
Here are just some of the benefits of a coworking space.