As promised, we gathered up the unanswered questions from our GCUC Australia Webinar event on April 23rd and got our GCUC AU partner and moderator, Brad Krauskopf to weigh in.
BK – That all of them will abide by the code outlined by Federal Government and now also adopted or expanded upon by Local Government. Not sure there is more beyond that could be hoped for.
BK – Whilst we will all need to carefully abide by the government guidelines and work to ensure the safety of our teams and members as we move through the next 1 to 2 years, I do not see that demand for coworking will reduce, in fact I see that it will increase as organisations will need it’s flexibility whilst also catering to the majority of the workforce that that are unable or unwilling to work from home all or most of the time. I see a further movement away from both part-time and full-time desks toward private offices.
BK – Yes, Hub is applying the code in good faith or providing relief through individual negotiations where the code does not work for the members circumstances.
BK – Yes Hub has a detailed plan which we are continuing to add to in anticipation of a major change being announced on May 11th by the Federal Government. The checklist from Safe Work Australia is useful.
BK – Enquiries have decreased but they are still coming and we have signed new members during the last six weeks. The uncertainty is delaying decisions (as it is for any business decision, not just flexible workspace), but the enquiries that we are getting indicate that the demand for flexible workspace will quickly bounce back as people look to move away from traditional leases.
BK – all of the things you mention plus changes to how we run events, dividers between dedicated desks, videoconferencing, sanitiser and disinfectant wipes everywhere. Above all though is a permanent increase in training and communication for our staff and members with regards safety and health in the workplace.
BK – Hub already has a lower density than most, so in our case in the long-term, no. But I suspect that operators that run with the smaller desks and very high densities will need to change or accept a relative discount in their desk rates. Hub will also be increasing our cleaning, maintenance and attention to things like air quality. In the short-term we will all have to manage occupancies in line with regulations so I do expect a staged return to the workplace and that increased spacing between desks will be required.
As always, a big thank you to our PIC (partner in coworking), Brad Krauskopf – CEO & Founder of Hub Australia for taking the time to share his insight. Thank you to all our panelists and attendees for making GCUC Online as juicy as it was. We appreciate you all and look forward to bringing you more GCUC in the future.
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