Remote work was on the rise before the COVID-19 epidemic, but the virus caused it to rise more than ever. Now that more employees (and employers) are seeing the benefits, it is likely that the popularity of remote work is here to stay.
For people who do not have home offices or who need to “stay away” from everyday distractions, many have looked for shared workspaces. However, the plague is still wreaking havoc. Because of the Delta variant and sometimes the slow vaccination rates, we have not yet left the forest.
Therefore, if you want to increase your productivity by joining a shared workspace, it is important to stay alert. Fortunately, there are things you can do to keep yourself and others safe while doing your job every day.
Be aware of recent changes
One of the easiest ways to stay safe and healthy is to follow local and national guidelines established by public health officials. It may seem like they change on a regular basis, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Often, these changes move us forward in a positive direction when the virus begins to lose its grip.
A good rule of thumb is to follow What do national and local epidemiologists say. Their job is to collect and analyze data. This includes monitoring everything from the rates of infection to how well the vaccines work. These data are used by the CDC and local health departments to make proposals and enforce mandates necessary to keep people safe.
In a shared work space, especially when you are nearby with others, it is important to make sure everyone is aware of these guidelines.
You can contribute your share by posting up-to-date guidelines regularly within the space, or sending emails to anyone who shares the space. Although you may not be able to charge vaccinations or wearing masks unless you own the building, you can update people. This will help everyone make smarter and healthier choices to keep themselves and others safe.
Communication is more important in a shared workspace than most people understand. It’s easy to start feeling like a small community or family. By maintaining good information about each other and maintaining a constant conversation, no one will be left in the dark when it comes to the precautions they need to take.
Go digital whenever possible
If you are a freelancer or business owner, shared workspaces are great because they literally allow you to run your business without having to invest in an entire office space.
But, depending on what you do, you may occasionally need to meet with clients. If you are starting to grow your business, you may also need to meet with employees or prospects.
Not everyone may feel safe with these face-to-face meetings right now. If your common work space has a small number of people, bringing others in and out can make the people who work there feel uncomfortable and insecure. Therefore, consider going digital with your appointments as often as possible. Use platforms like:
- close up
- Facebook live
- YouTube Live
Whether you are meeting with one person or trying to host an event, it is much safer for everyone involved to do so online. You may find that your customers and / or employees value it just like everyone else in your shared workspace. Because so many people plan to continue working remotely, it is often easier for people to connect digitally, because they can work from anywhere in the world.
Take responsibility for your safety
Taking extra precautions while spending time in a shared work space will help ensure your safety during this epidemic and beyond. You need to do what makes you feel comfortable, especially if you spend a few hours a day sharing space with others. This can include things like:
- Keep yourself away from other people
- Wearing a mask
- Stay home if you feel sick
- Make sure you are up to date with vaccines / boosters
It is also important Clean up your personal space Before, during and after your work day. You are probably not the only one who is going to use this space every day, so keeping disinfected things will help keep you and everyone sitting there safe and healthy.
There are countless antiseptic cleaning products on the market to choose from, so decide what is best for you and your needs. You may even want to consider “being green” with Eco-friendly cleaning products. They are better for health, skin and the environment – something that everyone in your shared workspace will appreciate.
This epidemic will not last forever. But, co-working spaces are likely to continue to see growth in popularity. If you do your part to stay healthy and keep others safe now, we can get back to routine much sooner. Keep these tips in mind when you enjoy the benefits of a shared workspace, and you will not have to stress about contracting the virus or transmitting it to someone else.
|This guest post was written by Ainsley Lawrence|