The office environment can drastically impact the way you work and even your ability to appeal to your future client. We have now all seen and felt the impact of a COVID pushing us into “offices” that are not best-case scenario.
What is important to your work environment?
We may not be able to return to our previous office set-up, but we can reflect on the parts that made our office space so important.
Our teammates
We can all admit that when we switched our teammates out for your housemates, it took time to adjust.
The biggest problem with housemates is that no one is connected to your work. Teammates give you the opportunity to discuss complicated situations, motivate you to accomplish tasks, and possibly even deliver coffee to your desk.
Our collection of sticky notes
Yes, sticky notes. The life saving colourful pieces of paper that often keep us in line on top priority tasks. Whether you sticky notes are part of your productivity system or not, it is almost guaranteed that you have a sticky note or two somewhere on your desk.
Our routines
What was the first thing that you would do when arriving in the office in the morning. Make a trip to the coffee station? Plan your day? Answer a couple emails?
Having a consistent workspace is a tool to help divide between normal busy life, and the focused work time.
Collaboration
When it comes to productivity, nothing can beat collaboration. Office features and tools like breakout spaces or whiteboards can never be replaced by every day team zoom call.
The good news is, that this will not last forever. There are systems that you can put in place to improve the home office, or there are places (such as our facility) where you can take advantage of days passes, and part-time office rentals.

6 Benefits of Coworking Spaces for Your Business

Coworking spaces provide small businesses, independent contractors and other workers a space to get work done, network and participate in their local business community.

Benefits of a coworking space

From meeting other business professionals to collaborating on independent projects, coworking spaces can be a shared location where people with varying business ideas can get together and learn from one another. Joining a coworking space means pursuing a new opportunity and participating in a community of business professionalism.

More networking opportunity

One of the biggest benefits of a coworking space is the opportunity to connect with other individuals. If you’re working in a home office or independent office, you could be robbing yourself of the important connections needed to drive your business forward. Sometimes, the only thing a small business is missing is the spark that proximity to other successful business owners can bring.

Increased productivity

This is especially true for small business owners working out of a home office. When we’re at home, it can be easy to get distracted. Kids need attention, the house needs to be cleaned or maintained and special projects can constantly crop up in our minds. By going to another space, you can solidify a “work mode” that can increase productivity. Many coworking spaces are accessible 24/7, so you don’t have to worry about when you need to get something done.

Boost in creativity

By working with other individuals and exposing yourself to new perspectives, coworking spaces can provide bursts of creativity. Sometimes, switching spaces and heading to a new office can allow you to refresh your mind and consider alternative solutions to business problems.

Collaboration opportunities

This benefit goes hand-in-hand with networking. Coworking spaces expose you to chance and opportunity. Who knows where a casual conversation may lead? Working in proximity to others allows quick collaboration to occur. Next thing you know, you could be hiring someone new.

Cost-efficiency

If you’re renting an office, there are a host of extra costs you may have to deal with — especially if your employees are looking for perks like free coffee, snacks and (occasionally) alcohol. Coworking spaces come equipped with perks like these all at one monthly rate. They also come with many built-in business services, like business mail, that can save you money in the long run. It’s important to consider what features you need before choosing the right space for your business. Cost-efficiency could be a crucial benefit to small businesses locked into leases that are too expensive.

Greater flexibility

Many coworking spaces offer very flexible agreements. If, for some reason, you need to cancel your membership, there are usually flexible options to do so. This makes it an ideal business service to try out and see how you like it. If you have a good experience, you’re set. If not, there’s no harm in canceling your membership.

Coworking spaces allow you to get out of your own bubble: By exposing you and your employees to new perspectives, you can build a better business. A comfortable and efficient workspace is essential to any business’s success. While there are many benefits, choosing the right coworking space can be difficult.

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Source:  https://www.uschamber.com/co/start/strategy/benefits-of-coworking-spaces

This is an excerpt of an article written by https://www.instantoffices.com/blog/featured/benefits-of-shared-office-space/

What is a Coworking Space?

Also known as a shared office, a coworking space gives SMEs, entrepreneurs and freelancers access to all the facilities and perks of conventional office space, without a traditional lease and all the hidden costs that go with it.

Coworking spaces are traditionally open plan environments; tenants pay for the space they need via a membership fee, giving them access to a mix of private and communal areas. This way of working offers superior flexibility in that it allows a business to grow or downsize as needed, with contracts lasting as little as a month.

Coworking Space Benefits

1. Save Money

Eliminate the hidden costs and risks of owning your own office and simply pay for the space you need. With a coworking office, there is no traditional lease or any of the hidden costs that go with it.

2. Improve Networking

The collaborative nature of coworking spaces is ideal to improve networking opportunities and start new conversations with everyone from potential clients to business partners.

3. Increase Creativity

Design-inspired office space settings, creative community cultures, regular educational events and perks like indoor gyms or game areas all work to foster greater creativity and productivity in a coworking environment.

4. Impress Clients

Hold important meetings and conferences from a fully-kitted out office space at a desirable business address.

5. Increase Flexibility

Contracts are available for as little as one month.

6. Speed to Market

Move in on the day you sign and begin working immediately with plug and play facilities.

7. Scale Your Business

Occupy as little as one desk, with the flexibility to expand as needed. This gives you the opportunity to grow your team at your own pace.

8. Use State-of-the-Art Equipment and Facilities

Coworking spaces are furnished, pre-cabled and full of different amenities, from coffee shops and restaurants to conference rooms, breakaway areas, exercise areas and more.

Would a Coworking Space Suit You?

What started as an attractive solution for freelancers and individuals feeling isolated working from home, has since become a global trend among businesses of all sizes. The types of people accessing coworking space include:

  • Remote workers who want an office away from the home environment.
  • Travellers who need a space to work on a business trip.
  • Freelancers looking to collaborate, network and benefit from a shared space.
  • Small business owners looking to reduce costs and remain flexible.
  • Entrepreneurs who want a space that can grow with them.
  • Workers more used to conventional office space, looking for a space that inspires them.
  • Large organisations who need space for travelling employees.
  • Corporates looking for additional short-term space for project-based teams.

 “No one would have asked us to do this, if it wasn’t important” – The temporary transition to a home office


Our team has had to adjust. AGAIN. And by team, I mean our community. And when I say adjust, I mean they have gone from home office, to shared office, and NOW, have reverted back to the good ole’ trusty home office.


We are choosing to self-isolate.

Self-isolation is about protecting others.

Self-isolation is about slowing down the spread of Covid-19.

And we know that our efforts are an effective way of preventing the coronavirus from spreading.

Self-isolation may seem tricky at first, but similar to our current members, it is (or used to be) the norm for many people.

The first question you may want to consider is, why am I finding self-isolation so hard?

We understand that for some people, self-isolation can be boring or lonely. You may find your mood and feelings being affected, and you could be questioning whether you were really an introvert in the first place with all this silence. BUT no one would have asked us to do this, if it wasn’t IMPORTANT.

So, to help anyone that we possibly can in this temporary adjustment, we have put together some tips:

  • Take you necessary breaks, and schedule your lunch, away from the sanctioned home office.
  • I recommend, eating your lunch as quick as your can, and then stepping outside for the remainder of your lunch.
  • Eat chocolate, and drink tea.
    • Okay, your treat may not be chocolate, and your hot beverage may not be tea. BUT, tea works well in killing virus’s extracellularly and suppressing its intracellular proliferation (complicated science words, can someone simplify?).
  • Social distancing, or physical distancing?
    • More than ever we have ways to be socially connected. Use those to our advantage.
    • Video call someone who is also feeling isolated. (Calling my grandfather was the highlight of my day, and it only took 10 minutes).


This is a difficult change for us all, and I hope that you all find ways to adjust in a timely manner.

Managing day to day, I think the most important point to reflect on is that no one would have asked us to do this, if it wasn’t important.

Stay strong my beautiful community ♥


~OS

One of the (many) struggles that businesses are facing is that their teams have been pushed to work differently. To find a company that has not been affected by this would be nearly impossible.

We’ve all had to quickly adjust to the new normal, with all teams working towards the same objective: TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD!

For our team, it took us about a week to finally get reconnected.

The beautiful thing with our team is that in our normal work lives, our team is incredibly dynamic. When all this happened, it was like we were shocked into a scramble to get back to our prize level of connection.


BUT IN THE SCRAMBLE, WE LEARNED A LOT.

  • Figuring out technology.

Yes, it was hard.

We started with Zoom, and then once we were comfortable with it, a millennial (me) came along and suggested that we used Microsoft Teams.

A week, and some “how to” tutorials later, and we were ready to go.

Tips:

  • Find a software that contributes to productive virtual meetings. With teams we are able to upload files, integrate planner to help manage tasks, and keep up to date on larger projects more easily.
  • If you’re team Microsoft, I totally recommend teams.
  • If you’re team Google... Google hangouts? I’m a hardcore Microsoft advocate, sorry.
  • Keeping connected

Thiss was the big one for us. We went from working together every day, to trying to build home offices.

The solution? A 30-minute team call every day starting at 9.

Tips:

  • Ask teammates what they’re working on that day. Accountability is the most beneficial part of this new habit.
  • Support them: ask questions such as “is there anything you need help with?”
  • Follow-up with their progress. This will help in motivating your team to keep moving forward.
  • Forward thinking

It is easy to get stuck in the now, and even more difficult to see life beyond Covid-19.

Tips:

  • Keep your team educated. Know the numbers, be realistic, and move forward.
  • Take action on those projects that will help further down the road! This will not last forever. You will thank yourself then, for the work you did today.



~OS

La Place's Covid-19 Operation Plan

This plan provides a guide to how to use our flexible co-working space while safely following social distancing rules.  We enourage all of our visitors and members to read the plan before visiting our space.

Operation Plan


Our coworking space is a year and a month old. 

We have experienced the “new business” craziness, learned as we continued with the day to day, and are now diving into the “new world” adjustments. 

How have our views changed on the purpose of our space? 

Well, how can we say not at all, but completely at the same time. 


The term “flexible office space” is more important than ever before, but flexible in a difference sense. 

This pandemic has brought in an entirely different group from before. We still of course have our “day ones”, but our target market has grown in unexpected directions. 

With many buildings still closed, and a lot of coffee shops no longer an easy option for a social meeting space, we have seen many changes: 

*Professionals such as lawyers and accountants in need of confidential small meeting rooms
*Private offices for sensitive client meetings
*Companies needing to grow and hosting interviews within our space
*Examination rooms for students who continue their education 
*Video conferencing with remote employees
*Video conferencing with remote clients
*Board meetings 
*Team break-out space 

Beyond that, we have seen a spike in daily private office rentals.

This is a service that we have always offered but had never had high demand.

For those who do not have access to their usual space, or currently work from home full time, this solves the issue of complete isolation, and gives you the ability to spend completely within your budgetary needs. 

We are continuously adjusting to say the least. 

For people who believed that they knew as much as they could about the coworking industry post-covid, we continue to see new shifts in the industry daily. 

Adelin Properties has been a commercial real-estate company creating industry solutions in the Greater Moncton Area for over 50 years. A significant percentage of clients are now requiring smaller accommodations. Turn-key offices with flexible terms ranging from annual leasing to hourly rentals and meeting room availabilities are gradually becoming the norm. The labor market is changing, new and established entrepreneurs want more flexibility when it comes to deciding where to settle. La Place, the newest coworking office in Greater Moncton, and the first in Dieppe, was born from this reality.

This new workplace trend may not be so new. Although we may feel co-working is new to this region, this type of real-estate has been growing tremendously worldwide. There are an estimated 35,000 coworking spaces in the world and 2,188 of them opened in 2018 alone. You may wonder what is pushing this trend and why is there a need?

Labor market in transition

According to a recent report by Bentall Kennedy, the reason behind this need for more flexible workspace, has been the shift in the labour force and the rise of what is called the “gig economy”. The gig-economy another word for Freelancers, is estimated to represent 75% of the global labour force by the year 2025. You read that right, 75%!

Canada is not immune to this transformation. Canadian employers want the capacity to hire talented individuals who have the abilities and the experience immediately. On the other hand, a worker in the gig economy has the flexibility to choose when, where and which contract they are working on while managing their own output, deliverables, and earnings. This partnership between employers and consultants provides more flexibility that may not be present in full-time traditional types of positions. The millennial generation seems to be embracing this concept at a very fast pace, as it aligns with their value of work/life balance, meaning work to live and not live to work.

Need=Business opportunity

When Adelin Properties began analyzing the current community needs, they knew they needed to diversify their office space availability before the trend became a problem in Greater Moncton.
Elsewhere in Canada, demand for office space is increasing and some regions are experiencing a very high occupancy rate. The province's economy is also in transition. High-tech companies are more and more present, as well as, diversified teams of several consultants. More than ever, the labour market requires industry knowledge and a capacity to network.


Co-working spaces like La Place allow leaders from different backgrounds and fields to come together and implement new projects that will propel our community forward. It is within transition and change where creative ideas are born.

Who is the ideal coworking space user?

So often we get the question, “Is co-working for me?” And the answer for just about everyone is YES!…but with a few caveats, as there are industries, business models, and personalities that lend themselves to our services more than others.

Startups

Due to the flexibility and cost-effectiveness of coworking spaces, they have become synonymous with the startup and freelancing worlds. Now, when you think “startup”, you may picture some over the top office building where everyone rides around on unicycles and sits in giant bean bag chairs, but most startups aren’t into blowing their cash like that and have to be very budget- conscious.

WHAT THEY LOVE: The energy, the vibe, the flexibility, and the cost!

Creatives

So much of the creative field is spent alone, and our creatives LOVE that they can meet others, get inspired, and most importantly build their networks without extra time spent away from their passion. Creatives thrive in co-working spaces where a simple conversation can spark a million ideas (not to mention be a solid defence against the dreaded writer’s/designer’s block.

WHAT THEY LOVE: The community, the networking, and the inspiration they get from the space!


Extroverts

Let’s face it sales gurus, hustlers, and business go-getters are often extroverts - and so often they’re stuck their homes or uncomfortable coffee shops trying to squeeze every drop of energy out of their day. Extroverts thrive on the energy in a room - even if there’s no one interacting with them at that moment. Just being around people is enough to keep their energy high and their productivity flowing all day. And with the flexibility of booking meetings rooms for sales & client meetings, you can say goodbye to coffee shops!

WHAT THEY LOVE: The network, the constant change, the rooms available, and the people!

Introverts

When you think “get in the zone” and you’re an introvert, surrounding yourself with a bunch of people isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. However, even introverts find a whole new level of productivity in our space. Need to pound out some solitary work? Slap on the headphones, and you’ll forget anyone is around (noise in our co-working spaces is kept to a minimum). Need to bounce an idea off someone? No need to pack everything up - your tribe is right there, with minimal effort needed…plus, you won’t have to go looking for networking opportunities since they’ll be right there, right in your comfort zone. Win-win!

WHAT THEY LOVE: Effortless (and unawkward) networking, quiet spaces, new levels of productivity!

The “five minutes to hang your jacket” trick – The key to Networking for Introverts

If we were to divide people into two broad personality traits, 60% would be extroverts, and the remaining 40% would be introverts.

For the outgoing 60%, the stream of holiday events is a platform for creating new connections, and getting a head start on business for the new year.

For the other 40%, networking can be a nightmare.

This nightmare is filled with people making small talk, asking you about current projects they don’t know much about, and making every effort possible to pull “unnecessary” connections out of thin air. HORRIBLE.

The description above comes from the perspective of an introvert. The truth is that these “unnecessary” connections are essential to business growth.

As an extrovert, that tends to act shy, I have collected some useful pointers.

  • Bring a buddy!

You don’t always have to go at it alone – having a buddy can make large events much less intimidating.

  • Smile

You don’t always have to initiate—but if you’re hiding against the wall with your arms crossed over your chest, you’re not giving off a very approachable vibe, either. So try to relax, smile, and look as warm and casual as you can – no one knows the difference between fake casual and real casual.

  • Prepare

In your business, what is your current long- and short-term goals. Bring your attention away from how terrifying this crowd is and focus on what your intentions are for this event.

If you leave feeling like you have become closer to achieving your goals, the networking has paid off.

  • The “five minutes to hang your jacket” trick

If introverts want to survive a night of networking, the hanging of your jacket is the MOST useful tool. Proceed slowly and confidently. If you pull the “five minutes to hang your jacket” trick off successfully, you’ll walk out this networking event hungry for more connections.     

When you arrive, slowly approach the coat hangers. The next 5 minutes will set the tone for the rest of the event.

  • Be the hero: we all know that finding a hanger can sometimes be a task. Locate 2 hangers and wait until someone arrives. The most important part in this is that you smile and act like it is no big deal to be passing off this pre-located hanger. Introduce yourself!
  • Make an important business call: this is a personal favorite. This gives you the opportunity to call someone that you’re willingly making conversation with, giving the illusion that you’re comfortable with being social. My father always appreciates these calls. Remember, wave and smile at people as they pass you.
  • Look around: Keep an eye on the crowd. Who are the people you should be targeting? Pick one person and make it your goal to talk with them before you leave.
  • Search jacket pockets: If you’re desperate to fill the time, look for something that you undoubtedly don’t have.

If introverts want to survive a night of networking, the hanging of your jacket is the MOST useful tool. Proceed slowly and confidently. If you pull the “five minutes to hang your jacket” trick off successfully, you’ll walk out this networking event hungry for more connections.