Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What traditional Miami offices can learn from coworking spaces

Coworking spaces, sometimes interchangeably called cafes, are the perfect depiction of the modern workspace. These hubs allow people to work when and where they want. They offer Wi-Fi Internet access, a power connection and a comfy place to sit. This model isn't only for the startup or fledgling entrepreneur. All types of businesses can benefit from this setup.

According to Business First, the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors opened an internet cafe to serve its members. At any time, its 3,7000 realtors can use the facility, which is equipped with a conference room, printer, scanner and Starbucks coffee maker.

"Real estate professionals are very mobile," Lisa Stephenson, chief executive officer of the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors, told the source. "We're seeing increased usage," she said. "It's relatively new."

Here is how to bring the essence of a coworking space into your office:

Cafe layout

One of the best features about modeling an office around a cafe is the free form. Many times these spaces don't have a structured layout. Instead, they offer different areas geared toward various types of work. The lounge section might be good for writers, who can work comfortably from a sofa and just need a coffee table on which to set their drinks. However, a freelance public relations professional might prefer a traditional workstation, and these spaces have that setup as well.

Business furniture

If you have a lofted layout, you are one step closer to creating a coworking space. Having many private offices is a thing of the past, so only top-level executives should work in these traditional rooms.

Office workstations - Arrange hubs of varied working centers. One area can have cubicle​-type desks. These aren't the versions of the past with large partitions blocking collaboration. The newer models offer some privacy, yet don't close employees off from each other.

Lounge seating - Give employees the option to sit at lounge seating once in awhile. Sometimes the simple act of changing scenery allows people to get their creative juices flowing.

Ergonomic chairs - Each workstation should have ergonomic seating. These chairs are more comfortable than their counterparts and they adjust for height and angle of the back rest. The result is a reduced chance of strains and injuries.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

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