Co-living spaces have successfully combined the community, flexibility and affordability of coworking spaces. But now, some traditional apartment communities are including their own coworking offices, further blurring the lines between hospitality, living and working.
So what exactly is driving the trend of blending these models together?
For starters, new technology allows users to utilize building space in a way that has never been done before. The IoT allows operators to remotely manage buildings with smart locks, automated thermostats and other smart building devices.
Digital nomads and the gig economy have also shifted workplace culture, with more workers demanding flexibility, collaboration, affordability and a healthier work-life balance.
In order to adapt to the future of the workplace, organizations can take a few steps to ensure they are attracting and accommodating young talent.
“Design spaces that could be repurposed, used or changed as the market evolves,” said Eric Burka, Streetsense’s Managing Principle.
Adopting a hospitality mindset by providing everyday needs and on-demand services is vital in ensuring an attractive work or living setting.
Additionally, embracing the IoT can help make buildings easier to manage. For example, providing users with keyless entry makes each day easier for both the tenant and the operator. Along with this, ensuring that your operating system is up-to-date can make or break the user experience. A smart building needs an OS that makes managing leases, coworking memberships and concierge services simple.