In our newly revamped email newsletter, we've started a segment to highlight small businesses we're partnered with, and those that are in the local community. To find out Alyssa, Hannah & Nick's first round of recommendations, check out this slideshow! Want to sign up for our newsletter? Text your name & email to 484-364-3001.
In a recent The Globe and Mail (a Canadian news source) article, the impact working from home has had on people's mental health is examined. A somewhat unlikely group of people are honed in on--white collar workers that have remained employed, but are also busier than ever, as their companies become more profitable.
Employees are having mental breakdowns, quarantining or losing loved ones, missing weeks of work. Hiring is halted, leaving pre-existing employees to pick up more work. Therefore, people are turning down dream promotions! Social activities, both in and outside of the office are nonexistent. No one's with you to notice the stressful burnout whilst working. People are filling their guilt-driven, boredom-driven or commute-less moments at home with work. Instead of face-to-face discussions and affirmations, brief emails and abruptly-ended Zoom calls leave employees feeling unsupported, unappreciated and ill-instructed. Vacations are postponed till "normal life returns."
Does any of that sound like you?
It's time to combat this. People have never needed co-working spaces more. One member, Jeremy, couldn't handle the stress of all four kids at home while working. He was grateful for when W2G re-opened last year so he could return to his Dedicated Desk. A new PAYGO member, Elise, is paying out of pocket to meet with her coworker at W2G, because their "open" office is vacant, an hour away, and the bathrooms are locked. Natalie couldn't take WFH one day more, and now has a private office. Amidst all of this, we're getting back to chatting over coffee or lunch, commuting to work, happy hours, and leaving work, at work. Time and time again, we are told by members that the money paid is worth the space, experience and mental break.
We understand absolutely everyone is struggling. In varying degrees, sure, but nonetheless, this past year has had a monumental impact on us all. If you too, are fed up with working from home and are interested in trying out Work2gether, browse our site and contact us with any questions.
This past Friday, we hosted a happy hour for the first time in quite a while, at our Kennett Square location. We can probably count on one, maybe two, hands, how many fun gatherings we've been able to host in our newest location. Emphasis on new. We still feel as though we're a brand new business--COVID's made our KSQ location feel like its grand opening, numerous times!
The happy hour reminded us we're doing what we're meant to! Connecting people, business and community. Musicians, financial advisers, landscape designers, animation producers and salesmen all gathered under one roof, shared a drink, chatted and laughed. New connections were made, business cards were exchanged, and March Madness was debated. We are so happy to create those kind of opportunities for people! And if nothing else, we're helping offset any more COVID-induced isolation and depression.
To celebrate the change of seasons, we're thrilled to be partnered with Greenhaughs (@greenhaughs on Insta)! Andrea Haugh has been selling plants out of her house, via Facebook Marketplace, for a while. She works full-time and caring for/selling these plants has fulfilled her green-thumb heart. A little while back, she approached us about selling some of her plants in our space! We're able to advertise her side hustle, while simultaneously displaying them much like you would at home. And the best part is being able to support another small business.
So, to welcome spring, instead of heading to Home Depot or Lowe's for greenery to liven up your home (or new workspace here...hint hint), come to Work2gether! No membership needed; walk-ins welcomed!
Need some plant practice? These plants are low maintenance and forgiving!
-Snake Plant (top left)
-Pigmy Palm (middle right)
-Succulents (bottom right)
You'll only need to water them once a week, and as long as they have sun, they're happy!
Ready to grow your Greenhaughs?? (: Stop on in! We're open 8am-5pm.
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.