People are embracing work-from-anywhere. Where does this leave coworking spaces?

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The founder of community-based company Caveday argues that communal spaces must both cater to workers’ emotional lives and facilitate their productivity, post-pandemic. It is unsurprising that the pandemic has battered the coworking industry. “Come work near other potentially contagious people in an unventilated space” is something not even WeWork’s Adam Neumann could’ve sold as a good idea. Beloved spaces have been forced to shutter, some have managed to eke it out with reduced capacity, and the venture-backed behemoths are waiting it out, ready to capitalize on the accelerated move away from the traditional office. Read Full Story

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The coronavirus will reshape how we build offices—and where we build community

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If you’re working from home most of the time, will you still develop friendships with your coworkers? Like many Americans, while many parts of sheltering in place have been difficult, I have enjoyed not seeing my colleagues as often during the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies see this, too: Many are starting to wonder why they pay so much rent for space that this crisis has revealed might not be necessary. Read Full Story

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How to avoid multitasking when you work from home

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To begin the process of filtering out distractions, simplify your work space and turn to old-fashioned pen and paper. At this point, we all know that multitasking is bad for productivity . And certainly the pandemic has upended our work lives. For many people, this spring meant suddenly going from a routine involving going to the office to working, daily, from our homes. Worse yet, we might be sharing that work environment with spouses, partners, children, and roommates. It’s also apparent many people may have never actually taken the time to structure their work from home environment mindfully. Read Full Story

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This L.A. parking lot became a lush outdoor coworking space

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Proof that we’re all working wrong. Our office air is toxic , and people are more stressed when they’re surrounded by cubicles and carpet instead of grass and trees. Many architects were beginning to have a reckoning that we’ve designed our workspaces wrong—and then COVID-19 hit. Now, as we have to share spaces filled with dangerous airborne pathogens , the verdict is in: Typical offices as we know them are not fit for our health. Read Full Story

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It’s time to build a more thoughtful work-from-home strategy

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Companies are in remote work mode for the long haul. But some have not moved, policy-wise, beyond the early days of the pandemic. It’s time to change that. As companies from Nationwide to Twitter are instituting permanent work-from-home policies in response to the pandemic, plenty of employees are left wondering if this is really what they signed up for. Remote collaboration, a laptop on a kitchen table, and no social time with coworkers isn’t working for everyone–even if it’s technically possible. Read Full Story

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