The face of the workforce is changing: technology advancements are moving faster than ever, allowing today’s workforce to be more mobile than ever. Whether your goal is to cut commutes, reduce overhead costs, or simply use office space as you need it, many people are working outside the office, away from their homes and in interesting, hipper locations.
Shared workspace, a phenomenon that has infiltrated cities like Chicago, presents additional opportunities that can be hugely beneficial to your company, including the concept of co-working. Co-working takes networking to a new level. It’s an advanced way of collaboration among companies, employees and business owners who may have never-crossed paths in a traditional work setting. Co-working can lead to significant advantages for your business, as long as you know how to capitalize on it. Below are five tips for successful co-working to ensure maximum benefit and productivity:
1. Determine the type of space you need: Whether it’s an open table, cubicle or private office, make sure you choose the location and workspace that best suits your needs. Flexible workspace providers like Regus offer several options for all business types.
2. Collaborate and network: Surround yourself with like-minded professionals. Take advantage of being around other entrepreneurs and small business owners. Bounce ideas off of others, expose yourself to new strategies. Professionals with different skill sets and backgrounds can often lead to new business opportunities among start-ups.
3. Be considerate: Keep your work area neat and use headphones. Your neighbors may want to hear your ideas, but they don’t want to hear your music and videos. Nobody wants to be congested with personal belongings piling onto their space.
4. Take advantage of services: Many co-working centers offer administrative services. Let someone else take care of your bookkeeping so you can focus on the task at hand. Use teleconferencing services for meetings instead of travelling, and take advantage of meeting rooms for client or colleague meetings.
5. Co-working network: Consider a facility with multiple locations. This allows your company to grow and for you to continue to network.
Whether working out of traditional or shared workspace, following these steps can help your business prosper while maximizing productivity. For more information on co-working opportunities, or to find a Regus Business Center near you, visit www.regus.com.
Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workplaces, with products and services ranging from fully equipped offices to professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the world’s largest network of video communication studios. Regus enables people to work their way, whether it’s from home, on the road or from an office. Customers such as Google, GlaxoSmithKline, and Nokia join hundreds of thousands of growing small and medium businesses that benefit from outsourcing their office and workplace needs to Regus, allowing them to focus on their core activities.
More than 1 million customers a day benefit from Regus facilities spread across a global footprint of 1,300 locations in 550 cities and 97 countries, which allow individuals and companies to work wherever, however and whenever they want. Regus was founded in Brussels, Belgium in 1989, is headquartered in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange.