Written by: Saskia Steyn
Jamie Dundas, the founder of Monday Works, wants to educate on the impact that COVID-19 had on London’s flexible coworking spaces. Bernie J Mitchell will be hosting this Coworking Valued Podcast and will be discussing the impacts of COVID-19.
Community is the key to generating new opportunities. So is being able to connect with diverse and relevant people around the globe and to assist in building coworking spaces in the community and around the world.
The impact of COVID on workspaces
The most surprising fact that you might learn from this episode is that the pandemic has affected the coworking space in a positive way. It has generated new ways of working, but most importantly it has shown the value of working space. It has generated the idea of flexibility for everyone in the working environment.
People started realising the advantage of working from home or the idea of living near a coworking space. Some are discovering that waking up, dropping the children off at school and coming back within a few minutes is important. That it allows for more time to do the things they love, rather than commuting to an office 30 minutes away.
Most commutes to coworking spaces take a 10 minute or at most a 20-minute walk. However, at first, not everyone was comfortable with the new shift, but due to the pandemic, no one had an option.
Flexibility turned out to be a huge step for the central larger workspace. Ultimately this resulted in the biggest growth in this particular area and massive amounts of professionals working in the flexible workspace.
During the pandemic, everyone started to realise the importance of a flexible workspace. People and the industry believe that work location is important. Due to changes in the world, it is vital that working people are at the epicentre of important facilities, like easy access to transportation.
The idea of a company going fully remote is not as far-fetched anymore. This is because of how people were affected by geographical changes but ultimately adjusted for the better.
During the pandemic, some companies have even realised that the performance of workers was improving, especially their tech skills. Most people have adapted and optimised the way they work.
Some local companies in central London are adapting this working model for good. One major reason is that this new model is saving the company money which they can use to generate more growth for the staff.
External needs will be met and in turn improve the reputation of the business. Some are interested in being exposed to new techniques of working and then being able to view the weaknesses of the industry on the whole.
Listen to the episode to get the full blast of how COVID-19 has impacted London’s flexible workspace industry.