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Three women sit at a light wood table decorated with a silver lamp and pink tulips while working on their laptops in an Arizona commercial office space’s huddle room.

Are you looking to update your Arizona commercial office space to suit the modern workforce? With more people working flexible hours remotely than ever before, co-working spaces have become a popular option for many companies—but how do you create a co-working space, exactly? Explore our guide to help you craft the perfect atmosphere for your employees to thrive!

Why is Co-Working so Popular?

While co-working isn’t anything new, the concept has recently gained popularity in modern offices around the world. This is mainly due to both an increase in temporary employees needing a space to work and employers looking to give workers more flexibility to work in non-traditional environments. While investing in this type of space may create additional overhead costs for companies with remote workers, there are several reasons why these spaces can be beneficial for everyone in the long run.

Remote workers can easily connect and collaborate: Co-working spaces allow virtual workers to connect with others in a community-oriented area. While on-site employees benefit from in-person collaboration, it’s often difficult for remote talent to have similar experiences. Co-working allows remote workers to experience similar connections, which can help inspire collaboration and innovation—even in a virtual setting.

Millennials prefer open environments: Compared to traditional workspaces, co-working environments are designed to provide open seating and collaboration areas. This is especially important as the Millennials and Gen Z-ers flooding the job market typically prefer co-working spaces because they lead to better communication and problem-solving.

Greater productivity and autonomy: A recent study found that 84% of workers said they were more motivated when co-working. 89% also reported they were happier compared to virtual employees who worked solely from home or another location.

How to Create a Co-Working Atmosphere in Your Office

There are a variety of ways businesses can create an effective co-working space their employees will enjoy. A few features you can explore integrating into your office include:

Flexible work options: Flexible work hours or locations may increase productivity and focus, as well as reduce turnover. You may consider setting in-office hours that everyone is expected to work, allowing employees to choose when and where they want to work outside of that time.

Open workspaces: Rather than implementing a cubicle environment, your organization can utilize open seating for collaboration areas and meetings. If you do need a quiet spot for an impromptu brainstorm, huddle rooms are a great alternative. Their nimble size makes them a budget-friendly option and provides a more flexible approach to accomplishing tasks with a team.

Technology to encourage collaboration: In order to function efficiently, a co-working space must have the equipment employees need to complete everyday tasks. Businesses should be equipped with the right technology—such as video conferencing and live chat platforms—to foster collaboration with virtual employees.

Kitchenette: A cozy kitchenette or lounge bar offers employees a space to take a quick coffee break or relax and forget about their duties for a while. You can even stock the pantry with snacks so that workers can grab a quick bite in between meetings or when the 3 o’clock slump hits.

Are you looking for an Arizona commercial office space where you can craft the perfect co-working space for your employees? Take a look at some of our available properties to find the right spot for your organization’s modern workforce!

Two hands hover over a black keyboard on a grey laptop as they type on a document in a cloud-based storage platform, which is one of the many ways you can help to improve productivity in your Phoenix office space.

Are you looking for ways to boost productivity in your Phoenix office space? There are tons of new technologies available to help boost your employees’ performance and simplify time-wasting tasks. Keep reading to explore some of the major reasons to integrate technology into the workplace and discover some popular platforms to consider testing in your organization.

 

Simpler Collaboration

Effective collaboration is critical for team productivity. Luckily, there are several collaboration tools—from team messengers, video conferencing apps, and everything in between—to help your organization boost internal communication and employee productivity. Slack, for example, offers a number of workflow aids, like group channels and direct messages, to help streamline collaboration. Additionally, project management applications like Asana or Dapulse allow you to refine teamwork and provide transparency into who is doing what.

You can even use cloud-based storage platforms such as Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive to manage projects, as well as prevent loss of files. These file-sharing tools also make it easy for employees to track any changes made to a document and quickly identify who authored the alterations.

 

Increased Flexibility

Technology enables employees to perform consistently, even under changing environments. Today, teams are able to work effectively outside of the office just as they would in a workplace setting. Mobile workers are able to contact team members, send and receive information, and do many of the other required tasks even when they are miles or states away. This flexibility increases employee productivity by allowing team members to work anywhere, anytime—it’s not about just showing up and punching in anymore.

 

Time Tracking

Technology has also drastically changed how we monitor and report employee productivity. Time trackers can help you gain insight into how employees are spending their time—this allows managers to identify productivity leaks and optimization opportunities. Your HR manager will even save time since they will no longer have to manually audit time entries or correct erroneous logs.

Additionally, time trackers pave the way for better project planning, which increases overall productivity. From Toggl to Harvest, there are hundreds of options businesses of all sizes can choose from. Each application allows you to track tasks quickly, manage workflows, and even report on your budget spending.

 

Real-Time Analytics

Productivity analytics tools can provide managers with an overview of how workers are interacting with key business applications, such as employee onboarding suites. These tools enable managers to monitor behavior patterns in real-time and identify if workers are struggling with a particular software needed to perform everyday tasks. HR teams and managers can use data from real-time analytics tools to craft new productivity strategies for their team or the entire organization. If your marketing team spends half of their time attending meetings and not enough time producing creative work, for example, managers can use this data to devise a new strategy to reduce meeting times and focus on more productive tasks.

Are you on the hunt for a Phoenix office space that’s perfect for boosting productivity? Take a look at some of our offices for rent in Phoenix to find the right spot to integrate new tech into your business strategy!

     

As dedicated commercial real estate professionals, all of us at Camroad Properties pride ourselves on operating office buildings to the highest industry standards. This translates into consistently high occupancy rates, and tenant retention rates averaging over 80% in all of our Arizona commercial real estate properties. As local owner-operators, you can rely on Camroad Properties to provide the best leasing opportunities for quality office space in Phoenix, Mesa, and Tempe. Our knowledge of Arizona commercial real estate and our ability to react promptly to our clients' office space requirements is our specialty. We can customize office suites to fit any of your commercial real estate needs.
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