Ernesto de Olazával
CEO and Co-Founder
Comunal Coworking
Startup Contributor

Coworking Balances Working at Home and From the Office

By Ernesto de Olazával | Tue, 04/13/2021 - 09:14

Following the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020, the way of working has drastically changed and will continue to change. Due to the mandatory or voluntary quarantine governments have imposed, distinct sectors have had to conduct their administrative operations virtually. Although many teams have demonstrated a great capacity to meet their work goals under this scheme, this is not the case for the majority of teams. It is becoming increasingly difficult for them to fulfill their activities, generating not only financial disadvantages but, most importantly, psychological and work-related drawbacks.

According to Forbes, last year in Mexico, the number of employees working under home office grew from 39 percent to 68 percent, making it the leading country in Latin America working under this job modality. This has undoubtedly challenged companies enormously, requiring them to develop digital talent and transformation strategies very quickly.

Even though home office has been a necessary measure to contain the spread of COVID-19, we have noticed clear symptoms of exhaustion. This is reflected in several negative aspects, such as the excess of virtual meetings, lack of technological training and employees’ work saturation resulting from non-fixed schedules, which must be thoroughly considered by companies to avoid problems in their operational processes.

After almost a year, the increasing knowledge and refinement of preventive measures, the lack of motivation and productivity, as well as the need for a suitable working space, has driven many people to want to return to their offices. Consequently, the hybrid work scheme, which combines home office with face-to-face work, is now gaining popularity. To achieve this, companies are opting for flexible working spaces that adjust to this new need and can only be offered by coworking.

Along these lines, a recent survey conducted by Comunal Coworking, an expert in the office market and with extensive experience in Peru and Mexico, reveals the consequences of a prolonged home office scheme: 85 percent of those interviewed affirm that they want to alternate between work at home and the office, 83 percent mentioned that they suffer from the lack of a suitable working space, 80 percent stated that their time dedicated to meetings and calls has increased substantially, and 65 percent perceive their increased workload as a real issue.

Hybrid schemes are our present and future, and thus, co-working will play a more significant role under this job modality. For this reason, Comunal Coworking has been developing different work modules for the coming years and has constantly innovated in its offer to stay in tune with what operations need to continue functioning while recovering from the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.

In this context, coworking spaces have become a safe and effective alternative for companies’ work reactivation and productivity because they offer flexible working spaces and a robust infrastructure. Coworking outweighs conventional offices due to its characteristics in the generation of savings, security and flexibility. Companies benefit from co-working because it offers a flexible contract in terms of service and infrastructure, which can be used for days or even hours. Regarding employees, they benefit from coworking’s flexibility of adapting itself to their needs and concerns.

With this in mind, Comunal Coworking offers spaces that are tailored to these needs, allowing companies to save all of their investments involved in preparing an office. These functional spaces encourage employees to innovate, collaborate and increase their productivity while offering them all the comforts to develop professional activities, both optimally and safely.

The expert company in the office market offers many other benefits that are becoming very significant in today’s reality, such as its flexibility in contract times (allowing payment for hours of use) and the adaptation to the needs of each client through the expansion or reduction of these spaces. 

Another benefit is that the services Comunal offer generate savings of more than 30 percent in office expenses compared to a traditional working space. Additionally, it adapts to the needs of each company, allowing the reorganization of a team within the same office through the division, expansion or reduction of the space. It is also necessary to have a rigorous protocol aligned with the government’s suggestions and focused on cleaning, disinfection, rules of coexistence and policies regarding suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases. For these cases, Comunal has its own, strict Protocol on Safety and Health at Work.

There is no doubt that coworking has created an appropriate coexistence between physical and remote work under the current context, with safety and health as the top priorities. Companies must ensure the well-being of their employees without getting distracted from their core business. Hence, thanks to its office management service, Comunal Coworking is the ideal partner for all organizations, regardless of their size, to face this new reality and to continue consolidating both their productivity and growth under these new circumstances.

Photo by:   Ernesto de Olazával