A number of factors have contributed to this, including the rise of the freelance and gig economy, the move to remote working, and the ability to work from anywhere thanks to cloud technology.
When you’re working from home, you can feel isolated. Having a community of like-minded professionals fosters a sense of support, creative brainstorming and just a sense that you’re not alone, even if you’re the only employee at your business.
Coworking spaces also offer a quiet and professional environment and place to work uninterrupted if your home environment isn’t particularly conducive to working there all the time.
One recent event that has accelerated remote work is the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s also made it challenging to share space with others in the same way we used to.
But by taking the proper precautions, there is no reason you can’t still enjoy an affordable office space and the sense of community and support it provides.
Tips for Safe Coworking Spaces During COVID-19
By adopting some commonsense best practices, you can feel secure about using shared office spaces safely during the pandemic and keep your community and peace of mind.
These tips involve using a layered strategy, or what’s also known as the “Swiss Cheese Model,” introduced in 1990 by James Reason, PhD. It works off the understanding that taking just one protective measure will leave certain risks (holes in the Swiss cheese), but layering several protective measures on top of each other fills those gaps and greatly reduces risk overall
Wear a Mask
Studies have shown masks to be a very effective measure at reducing the spread of COVID-19. When working in fairly close proximity to others, especially if you’re indoors, you can decrease the risk of contracting the virus by keeping your mask on.
Different types of masks have different levels of protection. You also want to ensure you have a mask that’s comfortable for you so you won’t be inclined to take it off because of discomfort.
Keep Your Distance (6-8 feet)
You want to keep at least 6-8 feet of distance between you and another fellow coworking professional. This makes it safer for you to converse without spreading those droplets to each other that naturally come out as we speak.
Disinfect Your Coworking Spaces
Providers of coworking spaces, like Tysons Office Suites, are typically very careful about keeping facilities cleaned and sanitized to promote a healthy working environment. But that doesn’t mean you can’t also disinfect your space when you begin working.
Especially if you’re using a “hot desk” that can be used by others, it’s a good idea to bring Clorox wipes or another type of disinfectant you can use to wipe down your coworking desk and chair.
Keep Hands Clean
Approximately 20% of respiratory illnesses can be prevented by simply washing your hands regularly. People often touch their face without even knowing it, which is why regular handwashing is another key layer for safely working in a shared working space.
Good old soap and water is effective at killing any coronavirus related germs, but if you need a quick cleaning and don’t have any water near you, you can use hand sanitizer.
Do Not Come in If You’re Feeling Sick or Have a Fever
While you may only feel slightly “off,” it’s best to stay home if you don’t feel 100% and have any type of fever, even one that’s low-grade.
COVID-19 presents in a wide range of severity levels, so even just a slight fever could mean your infected.
Use a Portable Desk Shield
You’ll find some of the best ideas for a makeshift partition around a desk coming from teachers needing to make classrooms safe for students.
Using some plastic sheeting or plexiglass and PVC pipes, you can create a pretty effective barrier that will give you yet another layer of protection around your working space.
You can find several DIY videos online and on YouTube for making desk shields and can also find portable desk shields for sale online at Amazon and other retailers.
Keep Your Sanity & Your Professional Community
Tysons Office Suites is taking all precautions to keep our offices and coworking spaces clean, sanitized, and safe. People may have to work a little differently due to the pandemic, but you don’t have to give up your sanity by staying isolated. Come and work with your community securely.
Contact us today to learn more about our shared office spaces. Call 703-288-4001 or request a quote online.