Flexible workspace can help your family get more done.

We have all been part of a great work and school from home experiment this year. But one thing that has been left out of the equation is that our homes are not set up for this. Whether you have preschool kids whose daycare remains closed, school kids who are attending virtual classes, or even college kids suddenly at home learning at a distance from their campuses, your house is bursting at the seams. It was not built for four or more people to have their own offices. And no doubt the internet is pretty unstable, you have enough the stream your nightly flix but what about all this extra demand!

You might want to consider using flexible workspace to relieve some of the pressure at home. At many flexible workspace centers you will find all the amenities you need for a successful work or study session:

  • dedicated workspaces;
  • comfortable, ergonomic furniture;
  • reliable, high-speed WIFI for seamless connections;
  • conference rooms with large screens perfect for collaborating;
  • copiers and other office equipment;
  • mailing services;
  • and coffee, tea, and snacks to fuel your work or study sessions

How might your family make use of a flexible office? Let’s check out some possibilities:

Family 1: The College Kids

Your family might have multiple college students not trying to learn from home. You might need to take a meeting while your college student need to focus on a test and you both need to spread out on the kitchen table.

How can flex office help?

With the flexible workspace provider they can sign up for a plan that gives access to shared work areas for one person and pay additional nominal fees to add the college students to the plan. The month-to-month term allows for maximum flexibility. (And the 24/7 access that centers like mine provides might be a real perk for those night-owl college-aged kids!)

Another option might be a private office with two desks. Two family members can be in the office while others work in the drop-in area. Having a dedicated office allows them to lock their door and leave their personal items safely secured. It would also allow them to bring a younger child to the office if desired. (Most centers require members to be 18 or over to be in the common space.)

Family 2: Work from home with preschoolers

With no daycare available at the current time, video calls and important Zoom presentations can be a real challenge. This family could sign up for a flex office plan (part-time usage of a private office) — 10 hours a week could be just enough for the parents to focus on the tasks that require the most concentration. Or they could just book a conference room or day office by the hour whenever one of the parents needed to make those must-not-be-interrupted professional presentations

Family 3: Mini School

A family with many children that will need to be online for several hours every school day, so this family could sign up for a private team office and set it up as a school zone — at my center you can bring in whatever decorations you want — to help the kids during school hours. The center provides the furniture, and the new “classroom” wouldn’t have family pets, pantries and refrigerators full of snacks, and those tempting video games to distract the students. Naturally, a parent would be there, too, and with a dedicated space everyone can give their complete attention to school.

Onsite Business Center Manager

Another invaluable perk some flexible workspaces provide is the onsite manager who is there to support members. Something wrong with the internet? The copier is out of paper? The coffee machine is confusing? Instead of yelling “Mom!” or “Dad!”, or (let’s be real) “Young person!”, the onsite manager takes care of it.

This pandemic has created a lot of chaos throughout our whole society, and flexible workspace providers have responded to the demand for safe spaces to work. They have instituted safety protocols like masks in common areas, abundant hand sanitizer, frequent cleaning and sanitizing, and reorganizing spaces to allow for safe distance between users.

Flexible workspace providers have also creatively figured out how to best serve their community by coming up with innovative new ways to package their services. It could be a real lifesaver for your family right now!