9/13/2018

Coworking Design: Architectural Security Measures

Coworking is associated with open-plan offices that foster better communication, collaboration, and networking. Floor-to-ceiling windows, wide open space, plenty of light and lack of spatial boundaries make these offices appealing places to work. But is there a flip side?

Unfortunately, due to the open architecture of such places, coworking space security can be compromised. Sensitive information that your members discuss over the phone can be overheard, commercial info may leak if someone peeks over their neighbor’s shoulder while they prepare a commercial offer for a potential client. An unattended device left on the table might get stolen.

All of the scenarios mentioned above might undermine your venue’s reputation and hamper your business operations. Therefore, it’s in the interest of any coworking space owner to treat security as one of the biggest concerns. In this respect, a thought-out design and architecture are fundamental to office security.

Open-plan offices have a number of advantages but also cause some security concerns

Office architecture design, as well as office security, can be significantly improved through a well-planned layout. Namely, apart from the open-plan spaces and communal areas, there should be soundproof conference rooms, private offices and telephone booths where independent professionals and corporate clients can discuss sensitive matters without the fear of being overheard. As far as the members’ assets go, lockers and/or laptop locks are other things worth installing to ensure a higher level of security.

Office building security requires the implementation of access control systems or keyless access control alongside video monitoring and visitor management software. These measures will prevent unauthorized access and allow for easy identification of all people entering and exiting the facility.

Security includes both a physical and a cyber component, and a secure Wi-Fi connection adds to the overall coworking space security.

Well-planned architecture coupled with robust security increases the chance of success for any coworking space.

Fire exits and fire protection devices, such as extinguishers, make for other office building security components that should be considered at the stage of space design. Also, you have to make sure that your premises complies with safety requirements set by local authorities.

Office architecture design would not be complete without proper lighting and visibility. Both are not only essential design features but also security measures. People feel much safer while working in well-lit areas. A design should not have any major obstructions or blind corners where someone could hide or where no surveillance is available.

A proactive approach to design and security protects both coworking members, the personnel and the premises. The successful coworking venues go far to ensure safety for their members. For example, WeWork identifies each of its members at check-in, implements security cameras on-site and has a phone line for emergency situations. Regus offers its clients encrypted Internet connection, and the possibility to get Cyber Risk Management tools. Needless to say, that both places are big on design and architecture and offer various types of work options: From floating desks in an open space to private offices and meeting rooms.

Following examples of large successful players, regarding coworking space security and office architecture design, is always a safe bet. A thought out design not only boosts security but also expresses your venue’s mission, and creates the identity of the space. The latter often serves as one of the reasons why independent professionals or corporations choose a coworking space.

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3. Benefits of Tagging Others

Social data also describes the interaction between social media users. While comments, likes, and shares are the most obvious forms of interaction on social media, tags are another form of communication between social media users. 

Tagging is one of the most effective tips for coworking on social media. When it comes to promoting your coworking space, tags do an amazing job at increasing your visibility. On Facebook, for instance, your post will have more reaches if you tag others:

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If you often organize events at your coworking space, you can tag the participants. If you have some special offers, tag someone who helps you promote them. Any tag conveys social data, as it transfers information from one user to another. It’s a great way to become more visible online and attract potential clients. 

In Conclusion

Like any other big data, social data has limitations, as not every social media user shares information. Nevertheless, social data is still very effective for marketing purposes, as it can help your coworking space become more recognizable. 

Using the above-mentioned social data techniques together will help you increase visibility, as they will help others find your coworking space more easily. In general, these techniques are aimed at targeting large numbers of people and help them easily navigate the space of social media to find the best coworking spaces. 

Platform

Location

Croissant

International

Included.co

International

Hubble

London

Coworker

International

Instant Offices

International

Pickspace

International

Share Desk

International

Happy Desk

International

DesksNear.me

International

DeskTime

International

Coworking London

London

Desk Pass

International

Copass

International

Coworking Wiki

International

Desk Surfing

International

Near Desk

US

Liquid Space

International

GoCoWo

International

Find Workspaces

US

Sneed

India

Ofixu

International

Meetings Booker

International

Qdesq

India

eWorky

International

Share your office

US

Spacelist

US and Canada

42 Floors

US

Office List

US and Canada

Coffices

International

Breather

US, Canada, Europe

Setting

Berlin

Key to Office

International

Peerspace

US and Europe

Bizly

US

Spacewhiz

India

Beewake

US and Europe

Awfis

India

Allofficecenters

Germany

Splacer

US

Lexc

International

Desk Camping

International

Worksnug

International

Seats 2 Meet

US

Coworking.Coffee

International

Commercial Cafe

US

Preferred Office Network

US

Heydesk

International

Office Freedom

International

Flexas

International

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