Proworking has emerged as coworking’s more flexible, safer sibling. Now that health protocols are at the front of everybody’s minds, it is essential for coworking operators to adjust their offerings that make collaborating in shared, flexible offices secure.
According to Anish Michael, CEO of Firmspace, his company had recently started catering to industries that valued privacy in the workspaces, making it simple to accommodate distancing standards of our current world.
“The major change we are incorporating in all our locations, not just the new ones, is spatial awareness and sanitization,” said Michael. “Our priority is the health and well-being of members. Social distancing in our office design is crucial and we’ve taken steps to mitigate risks in shared spaces.”
This includes limiting the amount of seating at tables, lowering capacity in conference rooms and using day porters to consistently disinfect high-touch areas.
Additionally, Firmspace has implemented soundproof walls to make the workspace feel more like a private office, rather than a noisy shared environment.
Michael added that the pandemic has actually solidified demand for private office spaces, leaving operators to reevaluate their target customer base, design and membership policies.
“By offering flexible membership and reviewing office space needs for our members on a case-by-case basis, members can have a new sense of ownership, relief and control over their office during the economic downturn,” said Michael.