Freelancers in a coworking environment are envied by employees on the nine to five because they seem to have it all. Freedom to work their own hours, set their rate of pay, and access to cool office spaces. For your own office renovation, you can ‘borrow’ the elements from coworking spaces and transplant them into your own office.
Industrial design elements like exposed brick, and ‘street art’ graffiti as well as a mix of concrete and metal finishes give your office renovation and coworking spaces an urban feel. Other modern design aspects include plenty of natural light and high ceilings.
Open office plans are replacing confined cubicle layouts. The make for better communication and workers feel less restricted. If you’ve purchased or built a multi-storey complex, use the views to your advantage. The Cluster in Melbourne’s CBD has stunning outlooks of the city and the window desks are prime real-estate.
The the purified water cooler and the air-con are no longer the coolest features available. Amenities combine the benefits of play with the seriousness of work. Some coworking spaces have pool tables, pinball machines, and in-house baristas where workers can get their daily drop. Having a space for fun and relaxation brings the workplace closer together, especially when events are done regularly. River City Labs in Brisbane has a Residents Coffee catch-up every fortnight so the regulars can get to know each other. With your own office renovation, don’t be afraid to go next level. Add an in-house cafeteria/kitchen where employees can order off a menu or make their own meals. Plus it’s a place where you can have a Friday-night barbecue!
Of course people in coworking spaces will have their own equipment, but this isn’t likely the case with your own workplace. Look into renting the latest desktop computers and high-end printing machines for your own space. Workers need to work on a bigger screen than their laptop and print what they find valuable. Renting in the long term, with the option to buy out, is cheaper than buying outright.
Look at supportive office furniture because people will be sitting for long periods of time. Alternatively, invest in a few standing desks. They’re better for worker’s health both mentally and physically.
Your office renovation is a chance to do something unique, and everyday workers are a lot more vigilant about their health and wellbeing than they ever used to be. Have casual office parties that make people end the day with a smile. Stock ‘real food’ in the kitchen. Have a ‘no lunch at the desk’ rule.
When you have meetings with the architect, consciously leave aside some space for an indoor fitness area or even a communal ‘chill’ space for workers to take a break. To promote its wellness programs before opening, The Cove in Brisbane held early morning outdoor fitness sessions on a local rooftop bar with much success.