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Coworking began as a framework for freelancers and startups to gain access to a productive work environment. Fast forward ten years…
Corporate firms look to embrace the coworking ethos in order to revitalize company culture and employee experience.
Introducing Corporate Coworking – a framework for the ‘great transition.’
As a coworking workplace strategy firm, we at OpenWork Agency focus on helping organizations transition into the future of work. Moving from ‘old ways of working’ to ‘new ways of working’ is a journey, not a simple 1-2-3 process. Our transition services help firms assess the working styles of current employees, as well as the workspace options available to them- both on campus and off campus. With an eye to maximizing both workspace utilization as well as employee engagement and productivity, our transition program is comprehensive, creative, and data-driven. Our goal is to help client employees find the right workspaces for them and their teams, and to empower them to do their best work.
I. KICK-OFF WORKSHOP – Corporate Coworking Strategy
This is a one day workshop that takes clients through industry data around coworking and the shared workspace industry, underscoring the high levels of employee engagement and productivity reported in these types of work environments. Situated in a coworking space near a client’s location, the goal of the workshop is to bring the right mix of people together to explore ‘new ways of working’ together. This includes personnel from facilities management, human resources management, a few senior leaders with budgetary authority, as well as a few young (Millennial) employees.
II. WORK STYLE NAVIGATOR – Employee Coworking
As a follow up to the workshop, we administer our proprietary WSN survey, which helps employees clarify which ‘type’ of worker they are and which types of spaces are most appropriate for their style of work. This data allows firms to sharpen their workplace strategy and begin the road to individualization of work styles.
III. STRATEGY ROADMAP – HR Strategy embraces Corporate Coworking
Based on results from the WSN survey, as well as feedback from the workshop, we put together a strategy roadmap that outlines a few viable workplace strategy scenarios that get clients to ‘new ways of working.’ Each firm is different, and there are no off-the-shelf solutions. We provide unique and company-specific recommendations that take into account company culture, history, industry, and work styles.
IV. SPACES – Send Employees to Coworking Spaces or Build Coworking Space On Company Campus
For firms ready to make the jump, we assist in both the placement of employees into appropriate off-campus coworking spaces and in the development of on-campus coworking environments.
Download our Corporate Coworking: Transition Services Brochure
The OpenWork Agency is a boutique workplace strategy consultancy with roots in the coworking industry. We help companies create more flexible and social work environments so they can better attract and retain top talent and empower them to collaborate and innovate more effectively. We have over thirty-five years of combined coworking operating experience in our team, and have backgrounds in corporate real estate, enterprise hardware sales, corporate culture consulting, and marketing prior to our involvement in the coworking industry. Our experience ranges across the value chain of the industry, and we offer a suite of services that addresses key changes occurring both in the corporate real estate sector as well as inside organizations as they adapt to the changing world of work.