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It’s all about that base..why shared office spaces are productive hubs for business leaders

There’s no there, there. Gertrude Stein’s pithy put-down has been used to illustrate lack of substance in business strategy, consumer products, public policy… and virtual working.

But virtual working takes many forms. Because people connect and collaborate in countless ways. Some of which even involve sitting next to each other! Remote working, video conferencing, whiteboard-enabled collaboration - all are great. But few companies cut the cord and do without desks and chairs entirely.

The learning organisation needs to foster a sense of place, whether there’s a there there or not. So when the search begins for a shared office space, how can today’s CIOs make the most of their “there” there?

(And yes, that’s the first time any collaboration expert has used a word that many times in one sentence.)

This SlideShare has some ideas. Over the next 30 slides you’ll find 8 key traits of hyper-productive co-working arrangements from around the world. If you’re charged with finding shared office space to give your business leaders a platform from which to rule the world, test each option against the points below.

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It’s all about that base..why shared office spaces are productive hubs for business leaders

  1. 1. It’s all about that base... why shared office spaces are productive hubs for business leaders
  2. 2. There is a there, there
  4. 4. RULE #1: Look first at what you can’t see
  5. 5. Beautiful buildings make hearts soar… ...but first, look for soaring connectivity.
  6. 6. Funky architecture can mask clogged bandwidth and variable quality. So start with the basics: web connectivity.
  7. 7. Is the building’s network fast and reliable? Are there any cold spots in its Wi-fi? Who’s responsible if it goes wrong?
  8. 8. In shared office space, flawless connectivity must be the start.
  9. 9. RULE #2: Check the layout is balanced
  10. 10. Look around your co-working space. Are some hot desks prime real estate...and others fly-blown wastelands?
  11. 11. Imagine the scramble for “best desks” whenever the team gets in.
  12. 12. Great shared office spaces are egalitarian. Check that no desk or booth is more equal than others.
  13. 13. RULE #3: Go for great architecture when you can
  14. 14. As great co-working providers know, interesting interiors make people happy.
  15. 15. Happy people like going to work…and do better work when they’re there.
  16. 16. Don’t go for bland just because it’s cheap.
  17. 17. RULE #4: Count the impromptus.
  18. 18. What are impromptus? They’re nooks and corners where people can meet spontaneously.
  19. 19. Chance interactions foster innovation. And innovation is a productivity supercharger.
  20. 20. Smart CIOs don’t leave chance interactions to chance.
  21. 21. RULE #5: Get everything moving.
  22. 22. Are the walls on wheels? Do the tables join up? Can you shift the sofas?
  23. 23. A productive co-working space isn’t just how flexible it is. It’s how flexible you can make it.
  24. 24. A shared office space your people can configure Is one they can own.
  25. 25. RULE #6: There is no Rule #6.
  26. 26. Let’s keep it humorous, people. Light-hearted banter and shared jokes make for well-oiled teams.
  27. 27. Don’t make your workspace all about work.
  28. 28. RULE #7: Road-test the hardware
  29. 29. Desks and chairs alone do not make a co-working space.
  30. 30. Look for the cool stuff.
  31. 31. (And we don’t mean table football or 80s arcade games.)
  32. 32. Big screens. E-whiteboards. VR immersion pods. Disco lighting.
  33. 33. Ok, maybe not disco lighting.
  34. 34. But make sure the electronics satisfy your people’s needs.
  35. 35. RULE #8: Check for cross-fertilisation opportunities
  36. 36. The great thing about many shared office spaces… that you can sit alongside other departments, even other companies.
  37. 37. This lets your people steal, sorry, be inspired by ideas from elsewhere.
  38. 38. The faster-moving your sector, The more cross-fertilisation helps.
  39. 39. RULE #9: Make sure the numbers add up.
  40. 40. Co-working is funky, innovative, exciting… ...but never forget it’s a business investment.
  41. 41. Judge total cost of ownership for a shared office space As you would any other asset.
  42. 42. Co-working is a sexy business
  43. 43. But nothing is more “business sexy” than ROI.
  44. 44. Above all, make sure your co-working space… works.
  45. 45. Takeaways In co-working, space matters - but so does infrastructure The right shared office spaces foster chance encounters and impromptu meetings Great co-working spaces let workers redesign them to suit.
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