The face of office work is changing. More and more, people have the opportunity to work remotely at a variety of jobs. This is wonderful for many people because you can keep the job you love when you want to move closer to family, or you can work from the comfort of your own home or on the go. One difficulty that many people cite about not going to a traditional office is the companionship. Sure, you might talk to your co-workers exclusively about your latest project, but there’s always someone to talk to at the office. There’s also the accountability of others around you who are working which can help you stay on task during the midafternoon slump.
Co-working spaces are becoming more popular for many people who still value the flexibility of a non-office office job but want or need the option of a dedicated work space at least some of the time. And, the more tech-driven our world becomes, the more necessary it is to have access to a place that can support all of the technology you need to be able to do your job effectively. Here are five ways to use technology in a co-working environment.
1. Linked Conference Rooms
Teams often meet in co-working Canberra to get on the same page about a project or pitch an idea to another company. Co-working clubs have up-to-date technology in their meeting rooms that allow members to connect their computers to large display monitors, video conference outside of the work space, and share data files seamlessly.
2. Digital Whiteboards
Email chains are vaguely annoying and highly confusing. When you need to bat around ideas with your team, there’s a reason that whiteboards are available in virtually every office. The ability to draw visuals, collect ideas, and pose questions is essential. A digital whiteboard allows the collaboration process to flow easily but few people have access to them in their homes. In a co-working space, you can collect your team locally and virtually and brainstorm comfortably.
3. Streamlined Connectivity
Linked conference rooms and digital whiteboards lose their appeal when you need a separate user id and password for each of them in addition to the ones you need to get in the door and to connect to the internet. A co-working space that streamlines connectivity in a way that allows you to enter one username and password that then gives you access to all of the available technology is truly one that has the worker in mind.
4. Convenient Charging Options
Have you ever been to an airport and tried to charge your phone at the gate? The charging stations there are always mobbed by a hoard of people smashed together trying to charge their devices and do work. It’s uncomfortable and inefficient to try and work that way, so you certainly wouldn’t want that to be the scenario in a co-working space. A well-designed work space has convenient access to charging ports at every seat instead of at a centralised location.
The most important thing when you’re sharing space is that you can be confident that you’re not also sharing personal or company information. Well-managed co-working spaces value member privacy. They are clear about how they provide physical and digital security, provide regular updates, and respond quickly to concerns.
Traditional offices might be on their way out, but the camaraderie of the office is still essential. Co-working spaces provide dedicated work space for people in flexible work environments. Look for places that focus on only on the physical space but on seamlessly integrating technology so that you can have the freedom to focus on your job.
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