Two days after our last (hopefully) snow storm of the season, it reached a high of 55° here in Chester County! People were doing their work outside and walking their dogs parka-free, as the snow quickly melted away. Spring is coming! With the COVID-anniversary looming ahead of us, we are grateful how some aspects of life have "gone back to normal," er, new-normal. Here at Work2gether, an increased amount of people are feeling comfortable and/or financially stable enough to work here for the first time in the last year. In the safest way we can, we're learning people's smiles again, alongside their names. It does feel like a very long hibernation is coming to an end--and we are better for it! We're made for community and connection--simply put, we were made for one another.
To celebrate our recent growth, we're hosting a New Member Happy Hour in mid-March. We look forward to connecting the people from both locations, and celebrating our new members and their businesses. As the atmosphere around COVID, as well as the seasons shift, what do you have planned? Heading to a restaurant that just opened back up? Attending your first wedding in a while? Visiting your grandmother now that she has her vaccine? Whatever March looks like for you, we want to help plan and celebrate it!
As we approach a year of living amidst the coronavirus, one thing is obvious: we aren't completely ready to say goodbye to working from home. We've found a sweet spot, most likely operating on a hybrid, flexible schedule. Because of this, we wanted to offer a pass just for you, based on a few factors:
1. You're enjoying increased time with your family, but also recognize your need to get out of the house to be productive. And you're not alone! Not many people are 100% at home or at work.
2. When you do leave the house to work, you may not know how long your to-do list or phone call will take.
3. You simply aren't ready to commit. You don't know if you should bother planning summer vacation, you still aren't positive if you have job security, etc.
With that said, we didn't want to enforce long-term contracts, or even make you choose between a Half or Full Day Pass! That's where the most flexible pass in the industry comes into play.
It's as easy as 1-2-3!
1. Come on in, no booking ahead needed, and grab a timer from the Community Manager.
2. Once you're settled into your work station, start your timer. Just set it off to the side, no pressure.
3. When you're ready to hit the road, bring us your timer, and pay for said time before you leave!
The rate is $5/hour until you reach four hours. After that, the price will cap at $19.99, since that's equivalent to a Full Day Pass! Essentially, we don't want to penalize you for not knowing ahead of time you'd need that much time.
Come stay for as little or long as you'd like.
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We understand everyone has unique needs, especially during these crazy times. Feel free to swing by, email or call us with your inquiries! Our spaces are fairly customizable and we'd love to work with you.
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Feel comfortable knowing that all efforts are being made to provide a safe & healthy space. We're continuing to abide by COVID guidelines, so you can feel confident leaving your home to work. We really are better together!
When the COVID-19 storm finally passes, the sun will shine on a very different world.
There are so many uncertainties looming in the fog of COVID-19. The work environment is largely part of the unknown of what our new normal will look like. Despite these concerns, coworking is an industry poised to thrive post-pandemic.
For the office worker
Companies will look to “de-densify” their offices which could mean any number of transitions back into a new normal. This could mean staggering shifts, physical spacing of desks, or going to the office only when necessary. More flexibility and understanding towards flexible schedules where there once was rigidity. The companies that may have been slow to adopt the flexible working environment have been forced to put these procedures in place and invest a large amount of capital to do so. There won’t be many that will snap back to their old ways after this is all over. Some companies will slowly transition back but most will remain altered.
My guess is there will be a few different types of people.
Companies are downsizing and let’s face it, not all employees will be returning to work. There will be an influx of freelancers and people looking for cheaper options for places to be productive. We’re here for them.
It is projected that the work-from-home force will jump 70%. The need for thoughtful, productive, collaborative space will only grow. When you need to bring your team together or meet with a client, a professional environment is critical in this new working environment in which we find ourselves.
Coworking is so much more than space. Business is social. As human beings, we inherently crave human connection. That has never changed and never will. Connection is pandemic-proof and we will adapt. That craving will (in my opinion) come through to the other side stronger than ever.
Most coworking spaces don’t just serve the needs of remote workers: they are a crucial support structure for local economies. Coworking spaces often serve as a business hub. They are well-positioned and are better connected to the local business owners. In many cases, they have trusting relationships with them.
Entrepreneurs, business owners, and workers will need social networks and local connections more than ever to regain their footing. The strength in community will be essential in helping people re-connect, build new networks, and support each other.
This does not mean coworking will be the same.
Just because the thirst for human connection and need for community will remain, doesn’t mean the working environment will snap back to normal. We would be naive to think we can just re-open with business-as-usual. We, at Work2gether, have taken drastic measures to adapt to this new normal. More on that in our next post!
We are better together
The last, and biggest, reason why we will still be here when this pandemic recedes, is because of our fundamental belief that we are stronger together. We’ve based our life’s work around this philosophy. Through the support we’ve seen for one another, the roots of the communities we serve have grown deeper through these trying times. Our biggest and most valuable asset we have to recover from this crisis is each other.