The coworking industry is preparing to make major changes to their daily operations and restructuring workspace design to ensure their facilities meet the new precedent set by the coronavirus pandemic.
Along with physical changes to office design, several companies have offered renegotiated contracts to make up for lost business.
“Covid-19 will redefine the entire coworking space, with collaboration taking a back seat. We can’t remodel the current offices but the new ones will definitely undergo changes, ” said Sumit Lakhani, chief marketing officer at Awfis Space Solutions.
Since coworking spaces are traditionally built to support collaboration, providers of these spaces need to reevaluate how to service their members, while also keeping them safe and healthy.
“For our enterprise members, the demands are unique based on their business requirements, and we are working with them to create specific layouts of workstations and seating arrangements based on their need,” said Raghuvinder Singh Pathania, head of operations at WeWork.
Some operators have started looking at adopting multiple flexible offices, rather than one large space to encourage distancing guidelines and to keep operations continuing in case of another downturn.