Community at the heart of decision making

Joe Denman | 19 May 2023

Community is the key for businesses to be successful in serviced office space.

For organisations looking to move into a shared office setting, there are a number of considerations to make. These include the size of space needed, working out a budget, the optimal location, length of commitment to the space and much more. However, one specific factor that a lot of occupiers are finding to be more and more of a necessity is the community aspect of the space.

The post-COVID world has brought an increase in businesses taking flexible co-working / serviced office space, making it crucial for organisations choose the right culture fit for their business. I liken this to house sharing. You would like to ensure you pick the right kind of housemates. The office is no different. With shared kitchens, breakout space, amenities (such as gyms, cafes and shower facilities) and not to mention toilets. Having a community of people that respect their space and its fellow occupiers is hugely important.

Operators have put a huge amount of thought and investment into these shared areas as they know it’s the first impression of the space people will see, and also where the majority of members will congregate. Each coworking space has its own style and the managers of each space go to great lengths to cultivate a unique experience that meets the needs of their respective members.

A strong community feel can also help create a happier environment for your own employees, which is essential when looking to reduce employment turnover rates, whilst simultaneously trying to attract new and emerging talent. The crux of it is that staff need to enjoy where they work outside the office walls as much as within.

Within Manchester community is key and this has been engrained into the serviced office market. Whether it be a corporate or a creative business or anything in between, you want a community that can reflect who you are and somewhere you can feel proud to house your staff and bring clients in to visit.

At OBI we have created strong relationships with numerous serviced office providers across the city, we have helped multiple businesses find, not only the right office, but also the right cultural fit for their business. We have a proven track record of helping businesses find the right property solution, please get in contact on the details below and we will be happy to assist with your workplace strategy.

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