This article is dedicated to one of the main problems shaking the world these days. It's a global outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 disease.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a disease that was first identified in Wuhan, China, and is now being spread throughout the world.Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath, which may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
COVID-19 are most often spread through the air by coughing or sneezing, through close personal contact like touching and shaking hands or through touching your nose, mouth or eyes before washing your hands.
andcards believes that people fear the unknown. The more informed you are about the enemy, the easier it is to confront the danger. So, from this article you will know:
Besides, we have conducted some mini-interviews with coworking space operators from different countries. They shared great tips on how they protect their members and their businesses from coronavirus.Let's start!
To avoid panic and rumors, make sure that your members and staff know what is coronavirus COVID-19 disease, where did the coronavirus come from, and what rules they should follow to protect themselves from getting infected.
Ignorance breeds chaos.
A large group of viruses that cause humans and animal illnesses is called coronaviruses. These viruses usually cause upper respiratory symptoms — cough and runny nose. Some can cause more serious illness.
The 2019 novel (new) coronavirus causes the illness coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
There is no lack of information distribution channels nowadays. However, not all of them are suitable for this sort of message. Ideally, you should create a series of posts, maybe even newsletters and push notifications and send them via your internal communication channel (just for members) such as Slack or Stream that is integrated with your coworking management software.
This way you will ensure that your message won't get lost among tons of social media notifications and emails your residents get daily.
Keeping the workplace clean is the key.
Keeping the workplace clean you prevent the spread of COVID-19 as contaminated surfaces are one the main ways to get sick.
Find more Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) print resources to use at your coworking space.
By optimizing the workspace I mean that meeting rooms and common spaces shouldn't be crammed with members.
I know that canceling events may negatively impact your business, however, it would be wise not to risk members' health and limit or even completely cancel all gatherings till the situation with coronavirus pandemic improves.
No coworking brand wants to get into the news telling how many people got sick during the community event. This will seriously harm your brand image.
If it's absolutely impossible to cancel a meeting or an event, follow these rules to make it as safe as possible.
Equip your coworking space with:
Please note that face masks are applied more for the psychological comfort of members than for preventing infection.
A face mask can't be considered an alternative to the homestay for a sick person. Here is some advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) on when and how to use masks.
Ask your members to reduce the number of guests and visitors not to expose the community to risks that can be easily avoided. It would be great to educate and promote members on remote work style showing your own example.
In this section, you can find some quotes from coworking spaces located in different countries all over the globe. Get to know what measures do they take to secure their workplaces and members.
SPARKPLUS is one of the leading coworking space networks in Seoul, South Korea. At present they have several thousand members across 12 branches. Located in one of the regions that suffered from coronavirus disease the most, their pieces of advice are undoubtedly valuable for the coworking business community.
Being a member-focused coworking brand, and our respected customer, SPARKPLUS implements advanced technologies to streamline and automate common routines at their locations. Their members are actively using a meeting room booking system, which lets them make a reservation from any place without contacting a community manager directly or coming to the reception desk, which reduces the risk of catching the virus.
Photo of the reception desk at SPARKPLUS.
- SPARKPLUS has asked its tenants to abstain from inviting guests and stopped hosting events from outside the company.
- It is recommended to replace meetings held in public spaces by e-mail communication.
- Cleaning staff disinfects public goods up to four times a day with alcohol.
- The center stopped running events or meetings that are held regularly inside for a while.
Creative States is a growing coworking network of a top of mind flexible workspaces, operational & lifestyle services and community events. Right now they have three locations in Kyiv that include tens of offices for teams of 1-40 people.
The area of the first location, on the 14th floor of ‘Senator’ business center, is about 2,100 sq.m. Its capacity is up to 400 residents.
Creative States provides not only a business space for residents, it has all the necessary facilities for people to have fun and flourish. The network is using Stream newsfeed & communication andcards integration actively to keep their members connected and updated on everything that happens in the community including safety measures related to COVID-19.
Creative States equipped entrances with IR cameras that automatically measure body temperature and alert of fever.
- Creative States canceled the events scheduled by external clients at the locations as well as regular community gatherings.
- Introduced an enhanced cleaning mode of the premises. All common areas are additionally treated with disinfectants. These include door handles, tables, monitors, elevator call buttons, etc.
- Provide face masks and dispensers with an antiseptic for hands at the reception. Disinfectants are available in all common areas: kitchen, bar, lounge area, bathrooms, and near the registration tablet.
- Monitor their residents and, if they see someone with obvious signs of illness, they ask them to put on a face mask and go home. For more accurate identification, they install thermal image cameras in locations and use non-contact thermometers.
- Ask everyone to use an antiseptic when entering the location.
- Provide information on how to recognize a coronavirus and ask whether a guest visited countries with registered cases of COVID-19 during the process of registration.
- Regularly inform residents about the precautions that must be followed, the news in the world and Ukraine on the matter.
AreaTres is a leading entrepreneurial ecosystem and a network of coworking spaces in Buenos Aires. Here are some things they do at AreaTres to reduce the risks of infection.
AreaTres placed hand sanitizers and hygiene notices in popular spots around the coworking area.
- Intensify cleaning routines, continuously disinfecting all surfaces.
- Equip all popular areas with hand sanitizers and handwashing manuals.
- Display health safety information on every display.
- Distribute safety manuals to members physically and electronically.
As the proverb says, health is above wealth. I hope this article has pointed out a lot of tidbits that will help you protect your members' health and your business from another apocalypse.
Simple precautions, common sense, and planning can make a big difference. Get prepared now and don't give COVID-19 a single chance to find its way to your community.
Please mind that when personal contacts are recommended to be minimized or even avoided, it's vitally important to stay connected to your coworking community and efficiently manage your workplace without compromising safety.