12 Aug HOW COWORKING SPACES ARE DEALING WITH THE THREAT OF COVID-19
The global coronavirus pandemic has changed the way the entire world operates. Majority of the businesses have been forced to rethink their entire strategies in order to try and stay afloat during these tough and uncertain times.
With no end in sight to this pandemic that has brought the entire world’s economy on its knees, businesses have been constantly on the lookout for smarter alternatives to their usual practices.
The crisis will eventually come to an end but coworking space operators, particularly in Karachi, would be very naïve to expect that their office spaces would be completely filled out as the pandemic’s strength weakens. To do so, certain changes have to be made to lure potential clients and for them to rent out coworking spaces.
At present, coworking spaces in Karachi do not paint a pretty picture. However, some operators have certainly seen a boom, such as CoSpace 1.0 which is located in the heart of Karachi’s Shahrah-e-Faisal, and CoSpace 2.0, located in Federal B Area which is another densely populated location.
In any case, it is no secret that this crisis has emptied the pockets of many small business owners and entrepreneurs. Majority of the companies have been forced to ask their employees to work from home and have found out that they can actually save up a lot of rent and administrative expense this way, so they would not be in any hurry to have their employees come back to office any time soon.
This calls for coworking space operators to review their pricing policy and offer an enticing package to their potential clients. Many companies that use coworking spaces in Karachi to house their employees have requested for flexible packages, which are slightly more personalised than standard monthly and annual plans.
Since the coronavirus pandemic has entered our lives, people have become paranoid and rightly concerned about their general well-being. Coworking spaces such as CoSpace 1.0 and CoSpace 2.0 are ramping up their hygiene checks as well. They are trying their utmost best to follow the standard operating procedures laid forth by healthcare professionals.
Social Distancing Norms:
Coworking spaces in Karachi, such as CoSpace 1.0 and CoSpace 2.0, are also changing their seating, to maintain social distancing. Various methods are being adopted for this purpose, such as the possibility of shift-based work, and virtual meetings. Regular sanitisation or coworking spaces and everyone entering the premises is given high priority. Clocking in and out of work is now done through a Customer Relationship Management system instead of biometric attendance.
COVID-19 has taught us many valuable lessons. It is imperative to make your coworking office space safer and more welcoming to concerned clients and stop the spread of the virus. Coworking places like CoSpace are leading the pack in terms of adjusting their services to the entrepreneurs’ needs. Other coworking spaces can take a leaf out of CoSpace’s book in order to thrive in the current economy.