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Sanitizing Coworking Spaces

Remember the good old days of working from a coworking space, networking and brainstorming or even just having a space that wasn’t your couch in your studio apartment to work from? For those of us who used to work from coworking spaces such as WeWork or Greendesk, COVID has drastically affected not only our workflow but the entire coworking space industry. With concerns about sanitizing coworking spaces growing, how is the industry handling these unprecedented times?

According to a report from Business Wire entitled Coworking Spaces Global Market Report 2020-30: COVID-19 Growth and Change, “The global coworking spaces market is expected to decline from $9.27 billion in 2019 and to $8.24 billion in 2020. The decline is mainly due to economic slowdown across countries owing to the COVID-19 outbreak and the measures to contain it.” Where coworking spaces used to encourage members to brainstorm and network, the pandemic has flipped their ideology on its head. As the report states, “The increase in the number of people working from home or remotely owing to COVID-19 lockdown limits the growth of the market. For instance, in March 2020, many companies working from home owing to COVID-19 pandemic, operators of coworking spaces have seen an almost 50% decline in footfalls.” But that doesn’t mean coworking spaces are going under just yet.

As Bill Cornerly wrote in a recent article for Forbes, “The Covid-19 pandemic puts WeWork and its competitors in a very favorable position. Businesses have learned that their employees can work remotely, but not everyone wants to work from home, or can be effective there. Many people like to go someplace where other people will be. Once health is more secure, lots of employees will want to work in an office environment. It may not be an open office, but a cubicle or private office will enable socialization at the coffee pot.”

While some are more optimistic than others, one thing can be certain. Coworking spaces will need extra attention for cleaning. WeWork has dedicated an entire page on their website to explain their sanitization and social distancing procedures. Highlights include increased cleaning scope and frequency, single occupancy work nooks and reconfigured meeting rooms and lounges. But as much as companies can commit to enhanced cleaning protocols, it’s hard to tell if they’re actually sticking with it. That’s where Tulu’s QR code decals come in. Tulu’s platform allows managers to track the training of new cleaning teams and remotely manage them once they’re ready to work. Live auditing systems allow for real time messaging and even live video streams to ensure everything is being taken care of on the client’s checklist. Once the space is done, anyone can scan a QR Code and get information and data on the last cleaning. While it’s nice to hope a space has been cleaned and sanitized, proof of work allows employees and coworking space patrons the peace of mind to focus on the bigger picture.