For your coworking community, managing a safe return to work

Guidelines and tools to help you manage your community’s healthy return to work.

The working world has been turned on its head by COVID-19. Working from an office is no longer the practise for many and there is still concern about returning to the workplace months later. It is clear to us in this next step of the fight against COVID-19 that we need to continue to concentrate on the safety of our members and our workers, and we have been making preparations and taking steps to prepare you to return to your workplace. Managing a healthy return to work for your community needs dedication and determination, from communicating new guidelines to enforcing physical distance. Showing your members that you are building a healthy and reliable place to work will not only give them faith that they are returning to a safe environment, but also that they have a community that takes care of their health, safety, and business.

Regulation of foot traffic and physical distance motivation

It will go a long way towards building a safe environment for participants, reducing anxiety, and promoting a sense of security in your group by restricting the number of people in your space and encouraging physical distance.

Keep clear records : Knowing who has come into your space, and when, is crucial for you. You should make members sign in any time they visit for check-in features. This means that you can easily track how many people are in your space at once and keep a contact monitoring record of their visit.

Require members to book ahead : By requiring them to reserve a workstation ahead of time, you can proactively control how many people are in your space.

Manage your resources : By setting a portion of your resources as unavailable, reduce the amount of traffic coming into your space. In a single group, do you have 20 desks? Reduce it to 10 and physically put up signs to distance people during the day on the other desk.

Make yourself as touchless as possible

Sanitation is a vital aspect of maintaining a safe work environment. Good cleaning practices can decrease the risk of germs spreading and make members feel comfortable in their space.

Do a daily deep clean : It is only really possible to clean every nook and cranny of your space when members are not there. To allow time for more thorough cleaning before or after the work day, update your business hours.

Add hand sanitizer stations : Let members assist in creating their own safe workspace. You give members the opportunity to take their own sanitation precautions by strategically placing hand sanitizer stations in high-traffic areas of your space, such as the entrance.

Keep a booking buffer for sanitizing: Through spot-cleaning individual resources, you can dramatically increase the protection of your space and the comfort level of your members. So, by introducing a buffer time, make sure you give your team time between bookings to thoroughly clean workstations and meeting rooms.

Allow for touchless entry: The less the members interact, the less germs are likely to spread. With high-activity areas, such as elevators and entrances, try to allow as many touchless interactions as you can.

Keep linked to your community

Virtually engage your coworking community and become a location of communication for your members. During this change back to work, building a tight knit community will show importance, show support, and set the community up for even greater success in the future. To spark conversations between members, use and promote tools such as the Community Directory and Feed and set up virtual events.

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