Coworking Impact on Local Services
This is the second segment in a six-part series about the impact of coworking on local communities (read part 1 here). We continue the series with a focus on local services by Decatur CoWorks located in Decatur, an eastern suburb of Atlanta.
Building relationships with businesses who offer services within the community is a cornerstone to the success of any coworking space. Coworking communities thrive by entering mutually beneficial partnerships that provide core services and amenities. It also makes us a credible source to our members who may be in need of quality recommendations for their own personal needs and prefer them from local businesses.
If you’ve ever wondered what the benefit of a coworking space is, other than to provide an alternative office location for professionals, this post is for you. As a result of the 2020 and 2021 pandemic-induced office and school closures, coworking spaces have transitioned to being a relatable safe haven for relatively new work-from-home workers to mini-learning pods for students.
Coworking communities provide far more than just this service. Coworking spaces, especially those within tight-knit neighborhoods like Decatur Coworks, have served its members by accommodating their ever changing needs during this uncertain time. With such a responsibility comes an impact on local services and the community at large.
Here are three ways that coworking spaces enhance local services:
Promotion of local businesses and their services
Coworking spaces promote economic development by providing a space to cultivate and share ideas, products, and employment opportunities for community members. Shared workspaces stimulate local economies by facilitating networking activities and events. Coworking community members can collaborate with professionals from a wide range of industries and small businesses, to ultimately help funnel money and resources back into the immediate surrounding area. Reliable IT and security services are essential to keeping our business growing. Both are services relevant to making our members feel safe and reduces as much risk as possible for our staff and members when making transactions.
Coworking spaces allow for organic connections to be made between professionals seeking new opportunities and partnerships. It also allows for those members who don’t necessarily need as much social interaction to have evaded the sense of isolation from working at home while also staying within their comfort zone. The overall aesthetics and ethos of a space can provide a unique experience suitable to help promote work productivity. Boosting the mood of their members by providing a space to reduce the feeling of loneliness while encouraging a sense of community belonging. This in turn relieves the burden on local mental health services as a way of mitigating symptoms of depression and anxiety that can sometimes arise from isolation and stagnant routines.
Dynamic Resources for Inclusive Community Building
The level of accessibility and inclusivity are necessary factors in what attracts different types of members to independently-owned coworking spaces. Members who identify as being part of the finance, legal, and real estate sectors often need professional and private locations to meet with clients. Coworking communities provide that infrastructure. With limitations due to social distancing protocols in libraries, restaurants and cafes, professionals have fewer options for spaces where they can meet clients. The versatility of some spaces makes it possible for unique event locations for concert venues and video productions.
There are so many unique ways for spaces to decide which causes they would like to stand in solidarity with to give back to the community.
Read Part 1: Coworking Impact on Local Retail