This week we saw another owner turn flex-space operator, Spotify adding coworking access to HR policy, awful blogging habits to avoid, a member-sharing alliance and more.
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📰 Coworking updates.
🎶 Global firm’s WFA policy includes offering coworking access.
Although published in February, it was being reshared a tonne this week. What caught my eye was that if a Spotify employee “chooses a location that is not near a Spotify office, we will support them with a co-working (sic) space membership if they want to work from an office”.
🏢 A property owner announces 5 suburban flex workspaces.
Bridge CRE announced that they’d be opening an initial 158k sqft of flex space in suburban areas. These spaces are to be designed for corporate workers who want to ‘stopover’ when not working from their main offices, and will manage them in-house as oppose to partnering up with experience flex space operators.
🙈 9 awful blogging habits to avoid.
Cat Johnson shares 9 blogging failures for coworking spaces (or anyone) to avoid, dressed up in fun personas.
And yes, I feel seen, I think I go through at least 5 of them for each blog post of newsletter I type.
💸 How coworking directly supports cities and the local community.
3411 Coworking shares 3 ways that coworking has, and is, helping their local community. From attracting businesses, to growing them, to pushing revenue back into their hyperlocal economies – take a read, and then definitely remix and reshare in your local alliances or areas.
Coworking does so much more than just provide desk space and wifi, celebrate it… loudly.
🤔 What happens when a coworking provider or network closes up?
Last week we explored who was closing, and where. This article looks into the different strategies and reactions that both landlords and ex-members have explored when handling the closure of a coworking space, or whole network.
🇦🇺 Two Australian networks form member-mobility alliance.
Hub Australia and WOTSO have formed an alliance allowing their 7000 shared members to access any of their 25 urban and suburban locations. The alliance is currently on a 6 month pilot, and it’ll be interesting to see if it’s extended, and the lessons learned for both providers.
(Paywall) 👉 Read this
🥪 Measuring the return to workspaces with sandwiches.
Bloomberg and Pret teamed up to create a fun index showing the increase in footfall at city centers and transportation hubs around the UK based on the number of purchases of coffees and sandwiches.
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💻 Coworking technology.
📊 Where did spaces get the best leads from in Q1 2021?
Syncaroo asked a bunch of spaces across the globe about where their best recent leads or requests came from. The results were interesting, and this will be a great set of data to watch as aggregators, booking apps and new tools strive to become ‘officehold’ names.
💰 Workspace OS company raises further $6M
SpaceOS has raised a further 22.8M PLN (approx $6.2M) to extend their workspace and tenant experience platform with mentions of supporting coworking and flex space operators.
(in Polish) 👉 Read this
🇬🇧 From May 17th indoor bookings will be opened again.
Nick Donnelly from WorkClub shares that this new date (Step 3 allows for serving groups of up to 6 inside pubs and cafes) will enable them to reactivate hundreds of alternative workspaces and meeting UK locations for booking in their app.
🇦🇺 Workspace pass network expands to Australia.
Deskpass announced their first non-US market expansion with a launch in Australia.
🎙 Coworking conversations.
Jamie Russo and Mara Hauser discuss aligning (or re-aligning) coworking offerings with what post-lockdown members will want or need.
Justin Raymond and John Moore discuss the the notion of ‘3rd spaces’ and how coworking and flexspace is reshaping both real-estate and the commute.
Bernie Mitchell chats with Iris Kavanagh and Laura Shook Guzman about founding Women Who Cowork to help the industry with regards to equality and equity for women and non-binary folks.
Caleb Parker chats with Joe Walton about the challenges of establishing company culture, how to engage team members about workplace, testing flexible work policies and how workplace brand plays a role in deciding where to work.
📆 Coworking events.
19 May: “Step-by-step guide to making your coworking space accessible“
26 May: “May IDEA challenge discussion” – with the Coworking IDEA project.
27 May: “Neighbourhood Coworking: Fact or Fiction?“
28 May: “Mental Wellness & Coworking” – Coworking Convo lead by Cat Johnson.
03 Jun: “Coworking Canada Unconference 2021“
28 Jun: “COLATAM Latam Summit“