The growing popularity of remote work has significantly changed how office space is used by both employees and employers. Traditional offices were previously considered as the center of one’s professional life every working day for a fixed period of time. Now, thanks to modern technology, one’s home can provide most of the key features of an office. Accordingly, employers are taking new approaches to management, changing their thinking, and preparing for reorganization.
Coworking provides a sense of community and an interesting alternative to working at home. Some companies seek to take advantage of the concept by creating a coworking atmosphere at their offices. The global epidemiological situation and the corresponding shift to remote work have prompted a reorganization of how standard office space is used.
“When coming to the office, we not only try to take care of things we can’t at home but also but also to organize multiple meetings, workshops, and quick project discussions. As a result, there is a growing trend for employees to ask about free conference rooms or portable individual spaces for training and brainstorming,” says Monika Wojtewicz, Head of the Office Maintenance Division at AsstrA’a Warsaw office.
The implementation of a unique coworking atmosphere in an office provides new perspectives on running a business. In order to make coworking a new feature of an office, it is necessary to specific workplaces allocated to dedicated desks, group workplaces, and so-called hot-desks.
“A dedicated place should be equipped with a desk, a small lockable office container, and a chair. At the end of the working day, each employee will be obliged to take their personal belongings and keep the workplace clean and tidy. Group workplaces operate similarly to hot-desks except that they are designated for a specific department. This way, people working in teams can sit next to each other. For example, if a certain department consists of 6 employees, it will receive 4 dedicated shared desks,” says Monika Wojtewicz.
The offices of the AsstrA-Associated Traffic AG international corporate group have already started preparing to fully implement the coworking concept by applying some of its key principles.
“We are currently planning to reorganize the space in our Minsk office, where the team is 300 strong. Employees will be classified on the basis of the procedures previously introduced for remote working. Those working regularly from the office will be assigned fixed desks, team workers will be assigned group workplaces, and there will be hot-desks for freelancers and people mostly working remotely who decide to come to the office. The above changes in space management will make it possible to increase the number of conference rooms and meeting points. We hope that thanks to our new approach to coworking, AsstrA offices will become more functional, comfortable, and effective,” summarizes Monika Wojtewicz.