11/15/2018

Managing Employees in Coworking Spaces

Coworking involves a working environment that is highly people-centric. After all, one of the benefits associated with using coworking spaces is the opportunities for collaboration and networking. Because of the social nature of coworking spaces, compared to a traditional office, employee engagement is key when it comes to staffing, as well as clients of the space. Those starting or using a coworking space will need to develop a plan that lets them easily manage their employees, so both employees and members can have a productive and enjoyable work life.

Training is a key part of managing people in coworking jobs.

Challenges of Working in a Coworking Space

1. Possibility of Distractions

Compared to working in a traditional office setting, coworking jobs can lead to the increased possibility of distractions. By nature, coworking spaces are collaborative and encourage networking and interactions, which sometimes sacrifices employee productivity. As a manager, you need to find a way around this by keeping your employees on task.

2. More Social Interactions

For some, the fact that there are more social interactions in coworking spaces than in a traditional office can also prove to be a challenge. The ideal situation is that everyone gets along perfectly. But, there are bound to be some different personalities. Due to the community-oriented nature of coworking, those with varying personalities are more likely to step on each others’ toes than they would in a typical office, which can lead to increased confrontations.

3. Privacy Problems

For companies who choose coworking jobs instead of using a traditional office, there might also be concerns about the security of data and sensitive information. You do not want the people from other companies to have access to your trade secrets or sensitive information, whether it be accidentally or intentionally.

Regular meetings can help employees stay connected in coworking spaces.

How To Manage Employees Efficiently

1. Promote A Sense Of Community

One of the most important aspects of working at a coworking space is the ability to connect and communicate with others. This is true for companies who use coworking spaces as well as those who work in the space. Remember that coworking spaces build a sense of community and the staff should be part of the community. Achieve this with team-building exercises, special events, and other specified times for interactions.

2. Keep Employees Motivated and Productive

Coworking helps improve productivity and motivates employees. Since employees are in control of their schedules, work tends to be viewed as more meaningful. Even so, you will need to find ways to ensure employee motivation and overcome distractions in a coworking space. Encourage your employees to remain in control of their own schedules and work to keep them happy. Happy employees will be motivated, so have regular meetings and make changes when necessary. You can also help employee productivity by leading with your own example and rely on the right tools to improve engagement.

A chat program can help your employees easily share ideas in a coworking space

3. Share Data and Progress

Part of managing employees in a coworking space is ensuring that everyone is on the same page. There are plenty of ways to encourage employees to share their progress and other data with each other, such as via meetings, project sharing, blogs, or even a content management system, like Slack. Consider sharing data, but do so in a managed method with a secure program. As a bonus, the idea of sharing progress with each other will motivate employees to push forward on projects.

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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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