Remote working increased before the COVID-19 pandemic, but the virus has increased it more than ever before. With more employees (and employers) seeing the benefits, it’s likely that remote working will continue to gain popularity.

For people who don’t have a home office or who need to “get away” from the daily distractions, many have sought coworking spaces. However, the pandemic continues to wreak havoc. Due to the Delta variant and the sometimes slow vaccine rates, we are not out of the woods yet.

So if you want to increase your productivity by joining a coworking space, it’s important to stay vigilant. Fortunately, there are things you can do to protect yourself and others while getting your work done every day.

Keep in mind the latest changes

One of the easiest ways to stay safe and healthy is to follow local and state guidelines set by public health officials. It may seem like they change regularly, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Often, those changes take us in a positive direction as the virus begins to lose its grip.

A good rule of thumb is to keep track what national and local epidemiologists say. Their job is to collect and analyze data. That includes tracking everything from infection rates to how well the vaccines work. That data is used by the CDC and local health departments to make suggestions and enforce necessary mandates to keep people safe.

In a coworking space, it’s important to make sure everyone is aware of these guidelines, especially when working closely with others.

You can do your part by regularly posting current guidelines in the space or sending emails to everyone who shares the space. While you may not be able to mandate vaccines or wear masks unless you own the building, you can keep people informed. That will help everyone make smarter, healthier choices to protect themselves and others.

Communication is more important in a coworking space than most people realize. It’s easy to feel like a small community or family. By keeping each other well informed and having a constant conversation going, no one will be left in the dark when it comes to the safety precautions they should be taking.

Go digital where possible

If you are a freelancer or have a business, coworking spaces are great because they literally allow you to run your business without having to invest in an entire office space.

But, depending on what you do, you may need to meet up with clients every now and then. As you start growing your business, you may also need to meet with employees or potential collaborators.

Not everyone may feel safe with those face-to-face meetings right now. If your coworking space has a small number of people, the people who work there may feel uncomfortable and unsafe if you bring others in and out. So consider meeting digitally as often as possible. Use platforms such as:

  • Zoom
  • Facebook Live
  • YouTube Live
  • Skype
  • FaceTime

Whether you’re meeting with one person or trying to organize an event, it’s much safer for everyone involved to do it online. You may find that your customers and/or employees appreciate it as much as everyone else in your coworking space. With so many people planning to continue working remotely, it is often easier for people to connect digitally as they can work from anywhere in the world.

Take responsibility for your own safety

Taking extra precautions while spending time in a coworking space can help ensure your safety during this pandemic and beyond. You should do what makes you feel comfortable, especially if you share a space with others for several hours a day. That could be things like:

  • Distance yourself from other people
  • wearing a mask
  • Stay at home if you feel sick
  • Making sure you are up to date on vaccines/boosters

It is also important to clean your individual space before, during and after your working day. You’re probably not the only one going to use that space every day, so keeping things clean can help keep you and everyone in there safe and sound.

There are tons of disinfectant cleaning products on the market to choose from, so decide what works best for you and your needs. You might even consider “going green” with environmentally friendly cleaning products. They’re better for your health, skin and the environment – something everyone in your coworking space will appreciate.
This pandemic will not last forever. But coworking spaces are likely to continue to grow in popularity. By doing your part to stay healthy and keep others safe now, we can get back to normal much faster. Keep these tips in mind as you reap the benefits of a coworking space and not worry about catching the virus or passing it on to someone else.

This guest post was written by Ainsley Lawrence