Remote co-working broadens staff mobility
Globally, we know the nature of work and the workforce are evolving. And employers in our precinct are on the forefront of this change with teams dispersed globally, across remote locations. Forward thinking organisations are challenging workplace perceptions by focusing on the outcome, not on the physical place.
Macquarie Park and North Ryde employers have taken the lead by broadening the range of mobility options for staff and reducing the need to travel to the area by including remote co-working in their employee offering.
What is remote co-working?
Remote co-working allows employees to work 1 or 2 days a week from a co-working location close to their home or within an easy commute. Employees can choose from a number of sites that have been approved by their employer and share the experience with their colleagues.
There is a lot of research that demonstrates the benefits of people working remotely. This includes:
- demonstrable productivity improvements
- improved motivation
- and networking benefits.
There is also plenty of research highlighting the benefits of co-working for individuals and small businesses, including flexibility, collaboration and productivity.
There is less information and evidence about:
- The value of utilising professional co-working spaces, as an alternative to working from home, to support remote work for employees of large organisations.
- The cultural changes needed to support greater utilisation of remote work within large organisations.
Giving remote co-working a go
In 2017 the Connect member pilot demonstrated real productivity gains for business and retention attributes for employees – now all Connect members can take advantage of this new way to work using the resources below.
At a glance..
93% of managers vote to continue co-work
Remote work location preference
66% reduction in travel time
Benefits to business
increased staff retention
Positive impact on communications
Benefits to employees
Positive impact on health and wellbeing
Reduction in travel times
How to successfully implement remote co-working
The key to success is to encourage individual managers and work areas to value the broader business benefits of remote work and to adjust their communication and work practices to accommodate more of it. Trust and good communication remain fundamental. So, how do you go about successfully implementing remote co-working?
Assess the Connect curated sites to see which facilities work for your business
Do you need a booking platform?
Which roles and employees are suited to working remotely once a week?
Prepare your managers to set expectations with remote co-working teams (Connect HR and manager briefings)
Monitoring your remote co-working success
There are dozens of co-working sites across greater Sydney from Wyong to Wollongong offering a range of facilities.
Connect have curated a selection of these spaces which offer the following criteria
- End trip facilities - showers, bike racks and lockers
- Breakout areas
- Phone areas/booths
- Team areas
- Meeting rooms
- Video conferencing facilities
- WHS compliant workstations and work spaces
- Hub host for day to day assistance
- Convenient parking or transport options
- Fast secure internet
- Printing and scanning
- Kitchen facilities - free tea and coffee
There are many more fabulous co-working sites around Sydney - and just because they don't suit everyone, it doesn't mean they won't suit you - check out your local options on Liquidspace now
Prefer to have everything in one place - sites, payment, employee access management, reporting...?
Liquidspace can provide you with access to desks, meeting rooms and boardrooms across their global network via a simple platform tailored to your business, providing
Simple set up and administration
Access to your selected group of employees and managers
Access to your selected co-working sites
Real time reporting
Central payment method
Liquidspace mobile app for managing bookings on the go