Coworking is increasingly a viable opportunity for those exploring alternatives to working from home as we all try to safely come out of isolation. The practice is thriving at a time when people are extra cautious entering common facilities. And coworking remains a preferred choice for many professionals who want to enjoy the tangible perks offered by coworking spaces while maintaining social distancing. We’ve interviewed HAYVN members about their experience. Here are the 5 things that people discover when they start coworking.

HAYVN chief collaborator, Felicia Rubinstein, enjoying a private office.

A coworking space is actually a ‘connection hub’ where you can plug-in to collaborate with and support like-minded people.

This provides a richer experience because it expands your access to an inclusive coworking community. Members represent a variety of cultural backgrounds and professional skills making for a diverse network of resources to help your company thrive.

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HAYVN members enjoying a recent outdoor event, safely and socially distancing.

Coworking spaces are not just for extroverts. For more introverted tenants, there are plenty of quiet corners and private offices.

Regardless of your personality type, the sense of community that a coworking space provides makes it easier to strike up a conversation. Community managers can initiate introductions that lead to potential collaborative projects and business opportunities.

RACHEL WALSH, Realtor with Compass Real Estate … “I do a lot of my work from home, but there are times when I need fewer distractions and HAYVN fits the bill. I’m also a problem-solver and HAYVN offers my real estate buyers who are moving to the suburbs an optional and professional place to work. Many buyers think they need to max out their budget to enable them to get one or two work-from-home areas, but HAYVN will save them money and their sanity.”

Members want to help and share their expertise.

Many members are deliberate in sharing what they do. There are many possibilities through on-site, online, and hybrid events organized by the coworking space. Working at a coworking space opens up new doors for learning and development and vibrant professional community-building.

One of the key benefits cited by members is the diversity of backgrounds and skills that help them deliver services to customers. This could be:

  • A member in the tech space collaborating with a member in the marketing space.
  • A realtor who is able to get assistance in digital marketing.
  • An accountant who meets small business and startup founders in need of on-demand services.

The stories expand as membership grows.

Read more about this from actual interviews with a few of our loyal members.

Members mingle and enjoy some wine while getting to know one another.

Coworking spaces are not glorified cafes and lunchrooms.

Coworking spaces have multiple work areas. This offers flexibility for members to move around the facility based on what they consider to be most conducive to work. Some members appreciate the buzz of traffic in the coffee area in order to feel more productive.

Others prefer quiet spaces where they can focus on tasks and carry on with their virtual meetings. Still others prefer “hot desking,” or access to a floating desk location, to mix up where they sit. It’s always nice to have access to on-demand meeting space.

HAYVN members safely cowork at floating hot desks.

 

People act in the safest way possible.

One way arrows direct flow of movement at HAYVN

Since reopening its doors, HAYVN has observed social distancing rules and taken the necessary sanitary precautions. HAYVN has gone beyond the State of Connecticut’s directives on safety measures.

Examples include:

  • Providing each desk or work area with extra HAYVN-branded masks
  • Hand sanitizers
  • Hand soaps
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Nanoseptic material applied to all door handles
  • Hospital-grade sanitation cleaning measures 2x a day
  • One-way traffic patterns and a requirement to stay six feet apart

 

BONUS: Working at a coworking space adds to your Brand Image.

Staying at home and working from home may sound great, but it can get tough if there are limitations on conducive workspaces. We need to be safe and find ways to connect with others.

Contrary to the earlier impression that working in a shared office or workspace cheapens your brand, working at HAYVN quickly becomes a source of pride for your brand. The space is safe and impeccably designed and furnished. 

We also get compliments on our fast and stable WIFI connection, comfortable chairs, stand-up desks, and professional and friendly staff. It’s a smart and practical business decision when it comes to flexibility in real estate rental or leasing costs.

The practice of coworking in Fairfield County has rapidly evolved into a viable opportunity for those exploring alternatives to working from home as we all try to safely come out of hibernation. Coworking has become more of a lifestyle, remaining a preferred choice for many professionals who want to enjoy the tangible perks offered by coworking spaces while maintaining social distancing.