Coworking Spaces: Flexible Workplace Industry Post COVID-19

Coworking Spaces: Flexible Workplace Industry Post COVID-19

By Ritika Bhagat

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Coworking Spaces: Flexible Workplace Industry Post COVID-19

Fri, May 8, 2020

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Soon After when we will return to our office after the novel coronavirus pandemic, we will probably notice major differences.

  • Before entering the building, screening of visitors will be a mandatory thing using contact tracing application.

  • The doors may open automatically, so we don’t need to touch the handles.

  • The Manual check-in process will switch to contactless operations. The open floor plan will shift to cubicles.

These are just the changes we can see. The post-coronavirus office would have more frequent cleaning policies, amped-up ventilation systems, or even the addition of UV lights for more deeply disinfecting the office at night.

Why will co-working spaces be important after lockdown?

For the co-working industry, the ongoing crisis is a huge challenge. But good news is that they will evolve much faster than the traditional offices, offer better services, and as a result not just survive the crises but also, take a much larger portion of the office market!

Once the lockdown is over and normalcy returns, Along with big giants, numerous startups will begin their operations. They have two option:

  • Either they rent new/renew the old office

  • Another cost effective solution is Co-Working spaces.

Unlike leasing the whole building, co-working gives us a lot better facilities at a fairly cheap price. Having co-working as an office at this time will surely help to kick start the business at almost no cost as compared to having the traditional office.

A digital age for Co-working Spaces!

Digital Transformation will be the key for co-working spaces after lockdown. The coworking spaces are shared among several co-workers from different backgrounds.

Therefore, there’s always a large flow of people in and out of the office, and you don’t always know who’s who. So, keeping track of who’s in and out the door becomes more concerning during these uncertain conditions of coronavirus.

This is where Contact tracing apps comes in to screen the visitors. The main goal of the contact tracing process is the replacement for manual contact tracing to contactless operations by:

  • Providing a contactless check-in solution for visitors

  • Digital questionnaires to screen visitors

  • Pre inviting visitors with pre-filled details

  • Alert the hosts

Coworking spaces offer a more flexible environment by giving better facilities in the form of more space through better capacity planning and high-quality fresh air. After the lockdown, we expect to see the following trends among co- working spaces:

Assuring the health of clients, members and employees as priority:

In Coworker’s survey, space operators were asked to adjust their business model or introduce any new practices in response to COVID-19.

  • Maintaining the social distancing protocols

  • Single-person rentals of meeting rooms for virtual meetings

  • Implementing “virtual plans” and offering virtual mail services, to avoid physical contact

More Hygienic Parameters within Spaces

  • Proper sanitation of their own desks on a daily basis.

  • More frequent hand washes

  • Provide disinfectants and tissue boxes in meeting rooms, at reception, in the dining area or next to the elevators

Ask people to work from home when needed

Work from policies to the employees with flu symptoms or who have been travelling lately.

Go Digital with events.

  • Make sure to follow the guidelines from your local authorities and reschedule or cancel physical events held at your space when needed.

  • Go digital with video conferencing


Lockdown 3.0 pays a new wave for some of the businesses to re-open their operation. But companies want rework on their location strategy and opt for coworking spaces. This creates a looming future for coworking spaces. Coworking offers more business and virtual services to satisfy the needs of the business community.