10 Common Myths About Using a Workspace Center – PART 1
The modern day shared workspace center (also known as shared office center or executive suite) has become a top real estate choice among successful businesses in-the-know. Boasting individual and collaborative spaces, upscale décor, flexible terms and even refreshments, todays shared workspaces are a far cry from the dark cubes they were upon inception back in the 1960’s. Yet, despite their increased presence in the professional realm, many workspace centers still work to fight the stigmas that seem to go along with the old model. Let’s take a moment to debunk a few of these antiquated myths about using a workspace environment.
- Shared office centers are for short term needs.
People often refer to shared workspace centers with the misnomers “temporary space” or “incubator space.” While it’s true that a shared workspace environment can be a great location on a temporary basis or for a company that is just starting out, it is also a perfect place for a small company, regional office of a large corporation or sole proprietorship to take up permanent residence. This type of environment allows the client to take on just the right amount of space, while sharing the costs of common areas (conference rooms, kitchen, reception area) with other workspace center clients. In addition, the cost of staffing is shared amongst center clients. Rather than shell out thousands of dollars for an admin’s salary, each company receives the benefits of the admin staff at a fraction of the cost! And, with all of the costs for utilities, janitorial service and furniture already rolled in, there is no facilities management to worry about. The client can simply focus on business.
- But I don’t want a traditional “executive office” I need a more open concept, where my co-workers and I can easily share and collaborate.
There is a reason that the shared office space industry has started veering away from the term “executive suite” and toward the term “workspace.” This is because recent trends in workplace requirements demand more flexibility. Most workspace centers now provide options ranging from an individual office to an open concept team room. These team rooms are available in a variety of sizes, often suiting anywhere from 3 to 30 people. The beauty of using a workspace center is that by utilizing these flexible spaces, it allows a business to expand and contract as the market demands.
- Working from home works just fine for me.
Perhaps a workspace center would work even better? While a home office can be fine for some people, many employees tend to be more productive when working from a dedicated space outside of the home. There are fewer distractions (laundry, kids, pets, day time TV) in an environment that is designed to be conducive to business. This also allows for a more defined separation between work and home, so there is less likelihood of attempting to check e-mails at midnight or attempting a conference call during carpool pick-up. In addition, a workspace center can provide professional conference rooms in which to meet clients, so there is no need to meet strangers in your home or at the local coffee shop. There is typically a staff available to assist with administrative projects and answer phone calls with that extra professional touch that can really make the difference. If you’re still sure that a home office is the right fit for you, consider inquiring about a Virtual Office Plan. A Virtual Office Plan is a package of amenities – from conference room use and professional phone answering to administrative services and mail receipt/forwarding – that can often be customized to provide you with that extra professional image without the full-time, physical space.
More myths about using a workspace center to follow in Part 2 – stay tuned!