CloudVO City Guide: Washington, D.C.

In the next CloudVO City guide, we take a closer look at our shared workspace locations in Washington, D.C. This compact city is known for many things other than being the United States Capitol and the center of the U.S. government. It’s also known for its historic national monuments, famous museums, having a growing economy, and being one of the most visited cities in the world. 

CloudVO City Guide Washington DC

The economy and tourists drive tons of business to Washington, D.C. and make it the ideal place to have your business address, hold meetings, or utilize the amenities of a shared workspace to build your business.  The city offers lots of cultural activities, entertainment, shopping, festivals, outdoor recreation, and great restaurants. We are breaking down D.C. into its respective neighborhoods to take a closer look at the shared workspaces that CloudVO offers.

Virgina- Reston
CloudVO partner, Carr Workplaces Reston Town Center offers Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms and is optimally located close to dozens of high-tech companies and offers both commercial and retail entities. This meeting space is sure to project the professional image your business deserves. In addition, Reston- Library Street is conveniently located near a plethora of local restaurants, bars, and cafes. Another CloudVO partner, Metro Offices Reston- Plaza America has Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms just minutes away from Dulles International Airport and conveniently close to thoroughfares offering fast access to Washington, northern Virginia and Maryland. The building is encompassed by walking paths with a variety of shops and restaurants. The site is just blocks away from the active Reston Center and renowned Reston Hyatt Hotel.

CloudVO City Guide Washington DC Reston Plaza America Meeting Room

Tysons Corner/McLean
CloudVO partner, Metro Offices McLean- Greensboro Station is a new workspace that provides beautiful Meeting Rooms perfect for your next business meeting. With onsite parking and easy access to the Silver Line Metro, meeting at our Greensboro Station location in McLean couldn’t be easier. The onsite café makes busy days smoother so you don’t miss a meal. Other perks include the onsite wine bar, relaxation room and game room! Sold yet?  If you’re looking for something more corporate in the area, CloudVO partner Carr Workplaces Tysons- McLean boasts one of the most prestigious addresses in the suburban Washington area. These Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms provide instant access to the Ritz- Carlton and Tysons Galleria by way of a climate enclosed concourse. Also nearby are restaurants such as The Palm and 120 specialty shops and services at your disposal.

CloudVO City Guide Washington DC Carr Workplaces Tyson McLean Meeting Room

Alexandria
We offer three shared workspace locations in Alexandria. CloudVO partner, Novel Coworking Old Town offers Meeting Rooms situated in Old Town Alexandria, directly across the Potomac.  This location features four floors of private offices, coworking space, and large suites for teams of up to 15 people. This beautiful red brick building is outfitted with the latest technology, including internet, espresso machine and the on-site garage makes parking a breeze. Carr Workplaces Duke Street- Alexandria provides Meeting Rooms centrally located to the Embassy Suites Old Town Alexandria, with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and Federal Courthouse only steps away. Nearby transportation includes the King Street Metro, Amtrak, and Virginia Railway Express (VRE) station. Carr Workplaces King Street- Alexandria offers Meeting Rooms in the heart of Alexandria, across from King Street Metro and Amtrak. The building is home to Theismann’s Restaurant and is in close proximity to many other fine restaurants and hotels.

CloudVO City Guide Washington DC Novel Coworking Old Town Alexandria

Downtown
Right next to the White House, CloudVO partner, Carr Workplaces Pennsylvania Ave. offers Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms with a prestigious reputation giving your business the professionalism it deserves. This building offers onsite security, parking, and is surrounded by many fine eateries and retail stores. Getting here is hassle-free being that it’s located two blocks from the Farragut West and three blocks from Farragut North Metro Stations. CloudVO partner, Virtual Offices DC, offers Meeting Rooms located in the heart of the city with easy access to the Superior Court, K Street, local and federal courts, and judiciary square. The Dupont Circle and McPherson Square metro stops are minutes away, along with abundant taxis and parking garages.

CloudVO City Guide Washington DC Carr Workplaces Pennsylvania Avenue Day Office

Friendship Heights
CloudVO partner, AdvantEdge- Chevy Chase offers fully equipped Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms at the corner of Wisconsin and Western Avenue. This is a great location in one of D.C.’s best high-end suburbs. Located within walking distance of banks, boutiques, restaurants, theatres, and the Washington Sports and Fitness Club, there is no shortage of things to do and places to eat.   

CloudVO City Guide Washington DC AdvantEdge Workspaces Boardroom

Dupont Circle
CloudVO partner, Metro Offices- Dupont Cir., provides Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms with a fresh and modern feel. This shared workspace is in the middle of D.C.’s renowned Dupont Circle community and within walking distance of top-notch restaurants and fashionable retailers. Strategically located one block from the circle itself, it is encompassed by foreign embassies and prominent national and international corporations and organizations. This is the perfect place to get some work done and then reward yourself with some food or shopping just steps away.

CloudVO City Guide Washington DC Metro Offices Dupont Circle Meeting Space

Sights to see
The city offers many must-see attractions being that it’s defined by iconic monuments and buildings. The White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, The Smithsonian Museums and the United States Capitol are just a few of the noteworthy places to visit. Beyond the traditional D.C. attractions, you’ll find fresh food, arts and nightlife scenes. Two of the best restaurants for wining and dining are known to be the Poca Madre, high-end Mexican that presents explosive flavors in a fun, fine-dining setting, and the Dabney, that serves mid-Atlantic cuisine at this rustic spot set in a former row house. For one thing, D.C. is known as a hotbed for fine dining which makes it the perfect place for business lunches and/or dinners.

Places to stay
If you’re planning to stay in the area, here are some of the top-rated hotels to consider. The Jefferson is a luxurious 5-star hotel located in downtown that boasts they are much more than a room to rest, but also an all-encompassing and immersive customized experience. The Park Hyatt is another 5-star hotel and is known to be as visually stimulating as it is comfortable and convenient. The Hyatt Place and the Washington Hilton are two more budget friendly options that are also modern and polished.

Washington D.C. has a lot to offer when it comes to professionals and workspace needs. Whether you need a professional business address or a place to hold meetings, CloudVO has an array of options for you. Virtual Office plans are available at most of the aforementioned locations and offer professional meeting rooms, standard mail services, as well as the use of a business address with options to add live phone answering services.


About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

How Coworking Improves Human Performance

This article published on the Mind Rocket site and entitled “Technology Drives Community” was authored by our CEO, Laurent Dhollande. In it, Laurent observes that while remote working is providing desirable flexibility to professionals, it also too often leads to unwelcomed isolation, intrusion into our private lives, and ultimately the potential for loss of productivity, but coworking can offer a solution.

Laurent postulates that this isolation and lack of motivation often experienced by remote workers are the flip side of the new empowerment and flexibility brought to us by the technological developments of the last two decades. That’s why, he writes, teleworking has actually not taken off as much as anticipated, in spite of many corporate programs that support remote work. He explains why joining a coworking community helps transcend these performance-hindering side effects.

Coworking provides more opportunity for members to learn and grow professionally, by interacting with people who are not fashioned by the same corporate mold, sometime serendipitously and other times via organized events. In the end, he explained that the social fabric of a coworking place can greatly help improve the individual member overall work experience. Coworking communities, no-doubt, bring much needed counter-balance to the downfalls of isolation inherent in remote work.

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What’s interesting here is that a high level, someone secretive, consulting firm like Mind Rocket, who among other things advise foreign governments on how to leverage technology to improve Human Performance, sought out the opinion of our CEO, a keen observer of, and participant in, the flexible office industry, to explore how coworking communities may help soften the down side of remote work enabled by remote technology, and enhance human performance.

At CloudVO, we want to support all research efforts that might help gather data to support that claim, which we, as operators and coworkers, experience in our daily lives. If you have an academic project, or any kind of research, going in that direction, do not hesitate to contact us!

Meanwhile, we highly recommend you read the Mind Rocket article.

Visit us at   www.CloudVO.com    to list your location for free and join our coworking family of 700 shared workspaces around the world.


About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

CloudVO City Guide: Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is the largest city in Illinois, and the third largest city in the United States. Contrary to popular belief, Chicago is not only known for its Chicago-style hot dogs, Chicago-style deep dish pizza, Maxwell Street Polish Sausage and jazz music. It’s also known as the international hub of finance, commerce, industry, telecommunications, and transportation. This makes Chicago one of the busiest areas in the United States for business and therefore the perfect place to hold meetings or obtain a professional business address. We are taking a closer look at our shared workspace locations in Chicago and breaking them down into their respective neighborhoods.

The Loop

CloudVO partner, Novel Coworking, offers two shared workspace locations in The Loop. Novel Coworking The Loop offers Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms and is full of small businesses, the self-employed, and entrepreneurs. It’s located across from Chase Plaza. The El and metro are within walking distance and are a great way to get around and visit many of Chicago’s famous landmarks. Novel Coworking The Loop is only three blocks from Millennium Park, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Bank of America Theatre.

CloudVO City Guide Chicago The Loop Novel Coworking

Novel Coworking Wacker is the second location in this area and is located directly across from the Chicago River. This location offers Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms with abundant amenities and supreme personal service. Transportation options are plentiful being that The Ogilvie and Union Stations are located ½ block away. Several restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels and shopping centers are just steps away from both locations.

CloudVO Partner Coalition Energy is centrally located right in Chicago’s Loop, on Michigan Avenue in the historic Gage Building. Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms are available at this location. One fun fact about this space is that it originally started as a green energy hub and still houses some of the original members. Being that it’s situated in the penthouse of the building, you’ll enjoy the panoramic views of Millennium Park and amazing views of Lake Michigan. This space has a historic meets modern vibe with its exposed brick, high ceilings, rustic vintage feel and tons of natural light. It’s the perfect place to get in work-mode and be productive.

South Loop:

CloudVO Partner CoGen Coworking offers Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. This shared workspace is ideally located minutes from Grant Park and sights such as the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum.

CloudVO City Guide Chicago CoGen Coworking South Loop

West Loop:

Novel Coworking West Loop offers Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms that empower entrepreneurs by providing a modern and professional office space to run a business at an affordable rate. This workspace is ideally located in the heart of Chicago’s financial district and within walking distance to a plethora of local restaurants and cafes. Novel Coworking West Loop is also conveniently located near the Quincy/Wells subway station making it easily accessible.

CloudVO City Guide Chicago Novel Coworking West Loop

Inspire Business Center provides Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms that are perfect for your small, start-up, or home-based company to acquire the professional image that it needs with the price you can afford. Located near plenty of restaurants and shops as well as being easily accessible from public transportation and the highway, this is the ideal place to run your business.

Magnificent Mile:

BeOffice is a shared office space offering Virtual Office space, coworking space, dedicated offices, Meeting Rooms, and event space located on the prestigious Magnificent Mile. This shared workspace has flexible terms and personalized, friendly service. BeOffice is conveniently located near public transportation, major highways, restaurants, hotels, etc. Here you will find a professional, yet warm environment with a friendly staff available to assist you and your guests.

CloudVO City Guide Chicago BeOffice Magnificent Mile

River North:

Novel Coworking’s River North location, offers fully furnished Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms featuring the perfect balance of privacy and open space. There is an abundance of professional amenities such as your company logo displayed at reception, mail service, and 24/7 secured access. This space has a fresh and modern feel, making it a great space to work productively.

CloudVO City Guide Chicago Novel Coworking River North

Sights to see

Chicago offers a ton of fun activities to do if you’re feeling touristy and want to explore the city. You’ll find panoramic views from 1,353 feet above Chicago at The Skydeck .  A few other notable attractions are Cloud Gate (often known as “The Bean”), Navy Pier that offers carnival rides, restaurants, shops & fireworks, and 875 North Michigan Avenue where you can drink and dine on the 95th floor!

CloudVO City Guide Chicago Skydeck

Places to stay

When considering places to stay, there are many hotels that make the list for best hotels in Chicago. A few of the most notable include the Langham, a luxurious top-notch hotel, The Peninsula, known for its elegance, and The Thompson, a boutique hotel with views. Other more affordable options include the Best Western Grant Park Hotel, Hyatt Place Chicago/Downtown- The Loop, and the Courtyard by Magnificent Mile.

CloudVO City Guide Chicago Langham Hotel

Whatever your business needs are in Chicago, CloudVO offers many workspace options. Virtual Office plans are available at all aforementioned locations and offer professional meeting rooms, standard mail services, as well as the use of a business address with options to add live phone answering services.


About CloudVO

CloudVO  is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

14 Ways Coworking Spaces Can Build Community Over the Holidays

The holidays are upon us, in our homes and in our workplaces. If the traditional office holiday party elicits a been-there-done-that sort of feeling, we encourage our CloudVO partners and friends to shake things up with events and projects that build community both inside and outside of your space.

CloudVO 14 Ways to promote community over the holidays

Here are 14 tips for spreading holiday cheer and giving back to your community inspired by the community managers from our sister company, Pacific Workplaces (PAC).

1. Potluck Lunch
Keep things low-key with a potluck lunch. Invite employees and members to join and have each person bring something. This is a great addition to any of the other events, drives, or contests you’re planning to hold in your space. It’s the perfect opportunity to bring members together to enjoy food and chat. Themes can be around a specific holiday or just to celebrate your community.

Pacific Workplaces Oakland Holiday Potluck Event

2. Charitable Drive
This holiday season, several PAC locations are hosting charitable drives for clothing, food, coats and jackets, sleeping bags, blankets, toys, monetary donations, socks and more. The East Bay spaces have a competition to see who can collect the most food donations for the local food bank, the San Mateo location is holding a relief drive for those affected by the California wildfires, and Greenhaven is doing a blood drive.

Pacific Workplaces Oakland Food Bank Drive Holidays 2018

The Sacramento Capitol location is doing a donation drive for My Sister’s House, an organization that helps women and children impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking by providing a safe haven, job training, and community services.

Pacific Workplaces Sacramento My Sisters House Dontation Drive Holidays 2018

3. Celebrate Member Strides
PAC Sunnyvale is hosting a New Year’s Social and “champagne day” to celebrate members whose businesses have made great strides during 2018. Members of the space have published books, had multiple FDA approvals and landed major accounts, so the community wants to celebrate with them.

4. Workspace Decorating Contest
Bring holiday cheer to your shared workspace by holding a decorating contest. Encourage members to decorate their dedicated desk, meeting room, or office in an effort to win best décor. Winners can be voted on by community managers and the award ceremony can take place during a holiday activity.

5. Gift Wrapping Stations
One of the simple joys of the holiday season is wrapping presents in cheerful paper and ribbons. Make it easy for members to wrap their gifts (and keep them secret) with an in-house wrapping area. Pleasant Hill and Palo Alto PAC teams create gift wrapping stations or rooms for members. PAC provides the wrapping paper, bows, gift tags, tape, hot cider, snacks and holiday music.

6. New Year’s Wish Board
A wish board is a great way for members to participate in something and have it displayed for everyone to see. In preparation for the new year, have members fill out a paper star, snowflake or other design with their 2019 resolutions and anything they’re looking forward to in the next year.

Pacific Workplaces Greenhaven Wish Board for Holidays

7. Ugly Holiday Sweater Day
Spark fun and laughter all day long with an ugly holiday sweater day. This is also the perfect opportunity to snap some pics for social media.

Pacific Workplaces Ugly Sweater Party Holiday Member Event

8. Care Bags
Holiday traditions at NextSpace San Jose include making care bags for the homeless. These bags are filled with everyday essentials, such as socks, a toothbrush and toothpaste, snack bars and hygiene items.

NextSpace Coworking San Jose Care bags for the homeless member event

9. Secret Santa
A Secret Santa is a fun way to spread holiday cheer. The Bakersfield team makes Secret Santa gift buying easier on members by displaying a poster in the lounge showing all the Secret Santa participants’ names and “Things I Like” underneath each name.

Pacific Workplaces Bakersfield Secret Santa Display Holiday 2018

If you want to add a new twist to your workspace Secret Santa, try doing a “modern” secret Santa where members exchange e-gift cards. No one has to worry about running around and shopping for something. Plus, who doesn’t love Target or Amazon? Tip: You can still draw names the old-fashioned way.

10. Holiday Tree
In Palo Alto, PAC members participate in a group tree decoration and lighting event, complete with popcorn strings, ornaments, tinsel and lights.

11. Gratitude Projects
You may have heard of a gratitude jar, where people write down things they’re grateful for and put them in a jar to be read later. Pacific Workplaces San Mateo is putting a twist on the practice with a Thankful Tree, where members can write what they are thankful for and display as little notes on the tree.

Pacific Workplaces San Mateo Thankful Tree Holidays 2018

12. Cocktail Classes
In San Francisco, PAC VO member company SF Mixology does various cocktail-based events for the space’s annual holiday party. This year, they’re teaching a cocktail class for members.

13. Giving Tree
The San Mateo PAC team has an annual Giving Tree to helps kids in need. The tree has a list of children’s names and what they need (basketball, toothbrush, backpack, etc.). Members can choose a name and supply the requested items.

14. Here Comes Santa
PAC Capitol in Sacramento invites Santa to make an appearance in the space. They have a member who volunteered for Santa duties and they invite parents to bring a small pre-wrapped, pre-labeled gift before the event for Santa to give to their child(ren). It’s a great photo-op and a good way to spread the holiday cheer to members and their families.

However you celebrate the holidays in your workspace and home, be safe and may your days be cheery and bright. Happy Holidays from all of us at CloudVO and Pacific Workplaces.

Ways Coworking Spaces Can Build Community Over the Holidays

Written by   Cat Johnson  and Sasha Bonar.


About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

CloudVO City Guide: Los Angeles, California

In this CloudVO City Guide series, we are highlighting a few of our shared workspace partners in Los Angeles. The “City of Angels” is famously known as the home of Hollywood, a major center of the world entertainment industry, as well as the cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California. It happens to be one of the most substantial economic powers within the United States, making it a prime location for your distinguished business address, as a headquarters, or for business expansion. L.A. holds a large and diversified market that is making headlines in Silicon Valley in terms of new business growth and tech startups. We are breaking down Los Angeles into a few of its most popular areas: Downtown L.A., Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and Glendale.

CloudVO partner, Titan Offices, provides three locations in downtown. One is located at 5455 Wilshire Blvd., offering Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms in a prime spot on Miracle Mile. It’s conveniently within walking distance to several restaurants and cafes, including the “Original Farmers Market”, making it a great location for business meetings.

CloudVO City Guide Los Angeles Titan Offices Meeting Rooms on Wilshire Boulevard

The second one is located at 1055 West 7th Street and offers Virtual Office and Meeting Room solutions for those who wish to work remotely, but maintain the professionalism of having a penthouse in downtown L.A. West 7th Street offers workspaces in the heart of Los Angeles’ financial district. The third location has Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms available at 811 Wilshire Blvd., and is also located in Downtown Los Angeles’ Financial and Central Business District. Both shared workspaces are conveniently situated across from the well-known Staples Center, Convention Center, city courthouses and more. There is also easy access to Interstates 110, 10, and the ever so popular Highway 5,  commonly referred to by locals as “The 5.” A few of the most popular restaurants in the area include SUGARFISH, Tender Greens, and Bottega Louie.

CloudVO City Guide Los Angeles Titan Offices Meeting Rooms 1055 West 7th Street

CloudVO partner, Apollo Business Centers, located in the respected Beverly Hills 90210 area, offers Virtual Office services that allow you to have a business presence in one of the most desirable areas in the country. A Beverly Hills Virtual Office will not only lend credibility to your business, but also reduces overhead costs associated with full-time office space. Another partner in Beverly Hills, California Virtual, provides you with all of the essential tools and services necessary for running a professional business, while giving your company the prestigious corporate image it desires. Our Virtual Office and Meeting Room solutions are ideal for start-up companies, small or home-based businesses, international businesses looking to expand to the U.S., and any company invested in reducing costs while maintaining a professional presence.

CloudVO City Guide Los Angeles California Virtual Beverly Hills Day Office

CloudVO partner, IgnitedSpaces Hollywood, offers Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms located on the top floor of 7080 Hollywood Spaces and has spectacular #views. This is home to a dynamic community of entrepreneurs and thriving businesses.  A “radical convergence of workspace and content creation studios,” IgnitedSpaces is a community for brands and artists to leverage their voice for cultural and technological advancement. Another CloudVO partner, 8335 Sunset- West Hollywood, is perfectly located on the iconic Sunset Strip and offers Virtual Offices designed with modern flare.  Members here range from a wide variety of professionals from the entertainment, internet, social networking, and creative entrepreneur sectors. After work, enjoy incredible hotels and restaurants in the area including the very hip Standard Hotel right across the street, which is also a great place to stay. The world-famous Chateau Marmont is next door, and world-class shopping is minutes away.

CloudVO City Guide Los Angeles Ignited Spaces Meeting Rooms

CloudVO partner, Virtuoso Offices, is located in Glendale and offers Virtual Offices within a stunning building that will give your clients a powerful first impression. This building is strategically placed next to high-energy commuter Glenoaks Boulevard giving you quick and easy access to the Ventura Freeway. One of the greatest amenities is the street level and garage parking available at this building. In addition, the immediate area offers tons of fine restaurants and retail stores due to its close proximity to the Glendale Galleria and The Americana at Brand. There are also a wide variety of top-notch golf courses nearby, which makes for a perfect business outing opportunity.

CloudVO City Guide Los Angeles Virtuoso Offices Meeting Rooms

Whether you are looking to make Los Angels the headquarters of your business or you need a professional L.A. address, we have many options that are up to par. Virtual Office plans are available at all of the aforementioned partner locations and offer standard mail services, sophisticated meeting rooms, as well as use of the business address with options to add live phone answering services. Being that Los Angeles is a very high-profile city, it would be an ideal location to have a business address or to hold meetings.

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About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the  CloudMeetingRooms.com  and  CloudVirtualOffice.com  e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

 

Coworking Supports Mental Wellness, But We Can Do More

Mental illness used to be talked about in hushed voices behind closed doors. It was stigmatized and relegated to fringe conversations. The alarming rise in mental health issues has brought the topic of mental health and overall wellness from the fringes into the mainstream. But we still have work to do around destigmatizing it.

Nearly one in five U.S. adults (44.7 million people) lives with a mental illness. Of those, an estimated 56% don’t receive treatment. People who suffer from mental health issues, including depression and anxiety, often try to manage alone.

CloudVO Blog Coworking and World Mental Health Day Working alone is isolating

Coworking and Wellness
The coworking movement, at large, is making remarkable strides in supporting wellness and connection. Shared workspaces around the world prioritize well-being for members, through fitness programs, on-site yoga, meditation rooms, nap pods, wellness challenges, work-life balance programming and more. Steve King from Emergent Research argues that reducing loneliness is the new value proposition of coworking.

Workplace Wellness Emerges as a Core Theme NextSpace Coworking San Jose Wednesday Walkabout
NextSpace Coworking San Jose members walk to a local lunch spot together each week during their Wednesday Walkabout.

Workplace Wellness Emerges as a Core Theme in Coworking Spaces Treadmill EcosystmSF
Treadmills in coworking spaces to promote wellness in the workplace 

Mental Wellness in Shared Workspaces
There’s a growing notion in our industry that coworking spaces should contribute to our well-being—not just give us a place to work. Coworking is already ahead of traditional workplaces when it comes to member happiness and well-being.

Surveys of coworking space members found that 83% of respondents are less lonely since joining a coworking space; 89% report that they are happier since joining a coworking space; and 79% said coworking has expanded their social networks.

CloudVO Blog Coworking and World Mental Health Day Expand Social Networks

CloudVO Blog World Mental Health Day Coworking Reduces Loneliness

The Power of the Global Workspace Network
We are, as an industry, working to dismantle loneliness, and the growing wellness trend is heartening. The global coworking network is uniquely positioned to respond to member needs. What would it look like if we put the power of our network behind addressing mental well-being? We could do something truly remarkable.

Angel Kwiatkowski, Cat Johnson, Iris Kavanagh - Exhibiting The Power Of Being Vulnerable In A Group | Women Who Cowork
Angel Kwiatkowski, Cat Johnson, Iris Kavanagh – Exhibiting The Power Of Being Vulnerable In A Group | Women Who Cowork

Moves are being made in that direction, with increased focus on wellness at industry conferences, breakout sessions, small industry events and in-space conversations. Space operators are taking mental health first-aid courses, the CheckYoMate movement reminds us to check in on one another, and there’s a growing awareness around destigmatizing mental illness in coworking spaces as part of our movement to dismantle loneliness. But we could be doing more.

World Mental Health Day
October 10 is World Mental Health Day. The objective for the day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental health.

As the website explains, World Mental Health Day “provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.”

CloudVO Blog World Mental Health Day Coworking Creates Collaboration

So let’s talk about it. How do you address mental health in your space? How could members of the global coworking movement better harness the power of our network to bring more mental wellness to coworking? What mental health resources would you like to see, both in your own space and from the global coworking community? Contact us and let us know. We’d love to hear from you.

by Cat Johnson, storyteller and content strategist for the coworking movement.

Join our network of 700 locations around the globe. Visit us at   www.CloudVO.com    to list your location for free.


About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the  CloudMeetingRooms.com  and  CloudVirtualOffice.com  e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

The “new work” model

The CloudVO team recently sponsored and attended the 2018 Global Workspace Association (GWA) and NAIOP Flex Office Conference in Austin, Texas.

There were many fantastic presentations on the changing landscape of commercial real estate in this new Workspace-As-Service world.  However, Antony Slumbers, the keynote speaker was particularly impactful.

Flex Office Conference 2018 - Antony Slumbers

Mr. Slumbers laid out his view of the very real, and very rapid changes that are occurring in this latest revolution of work. He shared that the ‘old work’ model of structured, repeated and predictable work tasks will be automated and that 49% of all tasks our workforce currently does, falls under this model and will be automated. The future of work, “new work’ will include tasks that incorporate skills of design, imagination, inspiration, creation, empathy, intuition, innovation and collaboration’.  Our workspaces need to be available to make this new work workable…that is, be places that maximize the productivity of these ‘thought’ workers.

McKinsey quote from Antony Slumbers presentation at GWA Austin 2018

As approximately 70%+ of US workers work for companies with less than 500 people, this means that the corporate mega-headquarters (think of Facebook and Google campuses) are not an option for most workers. Flexible, workspace-as-a-service space need to be ready to cater to the needs of the ‘new workers’.  In fact, Mr. Slumbers tells us that currently 60% of large companies embrace the flexible workspace, outsourced model as an option for some of their space needs.

The trends for continued growth of this model are very favorable as is seen in explosion of sharing economy business models.  People no longer embrace ownership as in the past, they just want access, on their terms. In fact, the very motivation for businesses is not to own an office but to have a productive workforce. Ownership is only required to the extent it enhances the productivity of the employees.  This means, that for those of us operating in the shared services workspace industry…our job is not real estate, it isn’t even hospitality, it is something far more important and action-oriented – it is creating the place that enhances and allows the most productivity of our clients.

The ‘new work’ force actually makes the office more important, but creating the right experience to match the new skills and the new mindset is more complicated.  The success of our businesses will be decided upon which companies best create and curate space and services and are prepared to monitor, measure and shift, nearly on demand, to meet the needs of its clients.

This is exciting stuff, folks!

View Mr. Slumbers’ Keynote slide deck from the conference.


About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the  CloudMeetingRooms.com  and  CloudVirtualOffice.com  e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

Yes, Working Alone Does, In Fact, ‘Suck’!

I was able to experience recently the truth, for me, at least, that coworking is a very real social/emotional requirement.

I’ve always had an office job with a place and people to go to and see every day.  On occasion, I love the very real privilege of getting to work from home, if for no other reason than a change of pace.  I’ve always been pretty sure that I do not have the personality conducive to regularly working from home – as in, having no office space to go.  If I ever had a doubt about this, I now have none.

Remote Work Has Its Benefits

I recently realized a dream of spending an appreciable amount of time experiencing my favorite city, Edinburgh, Scotland.  I did a Home Exchange for 6 weeks, including the whole month of August – during The Fringe, Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Coworking in Edinburgh Scotland

As COO of CloudVO, online provider of virtual offices, meeting rooms, and coworking spaces, my job has become more and more achievable with just me and my laptop, so I decided that I could manage some extra time working VERY remotely. I swapped houses with an architect and university professor and temporarily ‘moved in.’  (Side note … another amazing option in this sharing economy, house and car swapping.  It’s brilliant!)

Working Remote: The Loneliness Problem

At first, my work/life/vacation balance worked great.  The time difference (8 hours) actually wasn’t much of a problem because I was able to enjoy the sites and delights of Edinburgh with my son during the day and then start work in the afternoon. I’d planned a few days of actual vacation, plus weekends and I was able to also enjoy the Festival and nightlife.

Festival at Edinburgh Scotland and working remote

My problems arose when my son left to start school and I was alone doing activities and alone working. Within only a few days of his departure, I started feeling an uncomfortable depression settle in, I felt stuck – realizing I’m mostly without friends and family, and was unhappy in the place I worked so hard to be.   Finding the energy to do any work that wasn’t mandatory was difficult.  I started thinking I’d made a terrible mistake, that I really couldn’t stand being that unhappy and was looking into options for going home.

Edinburgh Scotland and working remote
Tracy’s homeshare in Edinburgh, Scotland. Cozy but lonely.

Overcoming Loneliness and Isolation through Coworking

Thankfully, my very career held the answer.  I booked myself for a half-day at The Melting Pot, a coworking space I’d worked in on a previous trip.  Honestly, it was nothing short of magical.  Just the initial interactions with the staff, and particularly, Sam, returned me from my emotional teetering off-balance.  ‘I’m not alone’, ‘the world is my oyster’, ‘look at all these nice people working next to me!’

CloudVO Tracy Wilson Coworking at Melting Pot Coworking Space Edinburgh Scotland

When I left the office I was marveling at the activity along Rose Street, the loveliness of the city and relishing my opportunity to be there.  It took less than a week before I needed another ‘fix’ of coworking – but, it was there for me.  Although it meant that I needed to work off hours from my home base in California, I ended up needing the space, the vibe, two more times before my adventure was over.  For some of us, loneliness is real, and coworking can be a solution.


About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the  CloudMeetingRooms.com  and  CloudVirtualOffice.com  e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

CloudVO City Guide: Austin, Texas

CloudVO’s City Guide Series continues. Today, we are highlighting our partner location, Executive Workspace (EWS), located in Austin, Texas. Austin is not only the capital of the state of Texas, but it is also known for being the live music capital of the world, home of the Longhorns, The University of Texas, and so much more. We are excited to share more details about these workspaces in Austin, since the CloudVO team is heading to Austin in September for the 2018 FlexOffice Conference! If you are also heading to the conference and are planning to stay an extra few days in the city and need a space to work, be sure to check out these shared workspaces.

CloudVO partner, Executive Workspace, offers a professional, ready-to-work environment, prestigious business address, featuring  fully-equipped meeting rooms and private day offices with high-speed internet. These spaces also offer a friendly administrative team to greet your guests and receive mail and packages, and a community lounge serving coffee, tea, and water. They are equipped with all the amenities necessary for promoting success in a workspace.

CloudVO Partner Executive Workspace in Austin Texas

Luckily, we had a chance to hear first hand from Nick, the Executive Workspaces Austin regional director about these spaces. “One of the, many ☺, great things about Executive Workspace is that we will customize your office needs to fit you. We won’t charge you for services that you don’t intend on using; but we have so many services to choose from! Memberships, phones, mail options, custom office build outs, day office rates, private offices, group offices, conference rooms…. We can do it all.

Our locations are each unique to themselves but have a great culture. Downtown is right in the thick of things. Many of our clients walk or bike to work. It’s a fun floor and everyone gets along. We have people who have officed there for 10+ years, and some who are just starting. One of the great things we see that I really think embodies Austin, is that the clients all help each other. Many end up referring business to one another, or will talk shop in the break room. Our Wild Basin location is beautiful. It’s modern, clean, and some offices have their own private balconies. The building has a live forest and creek in the atrium! If that doesn’t sound like Austin, well, it sounds like Austin.

For me, Austin is a community of friendly people, including business people. Everyone is willing to sit down and have a cup of coffee and discuss what partnerships we can create. I love that about this city. It’s vibrant, innovative and active. My family and I kayak every weekend; this place is beautiful. EWS is creating something to match that culture and environment.”

If Nick doesn’t have you ready to move your business to Austin, here are some more facts: There are two Executive Workspace locations offering virtual office plans and meeting rooms in Austin- Wild Basin and Downtown. All of the meeting rooms available are furnished, beautifully decorated, and include complimentary beverages for you and your guests. These meeting rooms provide a quiet, collaborative environment to host your next meeting, conference, or training session. Other resourceful amenities include Wi-Fi, whiteboards and projectors, state-of-the-art technology and video conferencing equipment.

As we heard from Nick, Wild Basin offers excellent Virtual Office Plans and Meeting Rooms, located in the West Lake Hills across from The Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve in Austin, Texas. Highway 360 is also easily accessible from the Wild Basin location which makes it an ideal spot for anyone traveling to the area due to its convenience.

CloudVO Partner Executive Workspace Wild Basin Meeting Room Austin Texas

Located in the heart of Austin’s Central Business District, the downtown location also offers Virtual Offices and Meeting Rooms and is just a few blocks from the Texas State Capitol. This beautiful Austin Virtual Office is an ideal location for anyone wanting a business presence in downtown Austin. Within walking distance is the Courthouse, fine dining restaurants and everything else that downtown Austin has to offer.

CloudVO Partner Executive Workspace Downtown Austin Central Business District

For breakfast and lunch, Bird Bird Biscuit is a fast-casual breakfast- and lunch -only biscuit spot with savory and sweet options. This spot is very unique and Instagram-worthy. For dinner, Arlo Grey is an in-hotel, lakeside eatery that’s open everyday from 5-10PM. This debut restaurant from Top Chef’s Season 10 winner Kristen Kish features her fresh take on classic dishes and techniques using Texas ingredients.

CloudVO City Guide Austin Texas Bird Bird Biscuit

Join the CloudVO team at the Hyatt Regency in Austin for the 2018 FlexOffice Conference. This is a sophisticated hotel on Lady Bird Lake that offers an exceptional location near SoCo, 6th Street and Downtown. The Omni Austin Hotel Downtown is another great option that offers modern comfort and luxury amenities. With either hotel, you’ll be in close proximity to the conference action.  If you are planning to attend, be sure to stop by and say hello to the CloudVO team at our booth!

CloudVO City Guide Austin Texas Hyatt Regency Site of 2018 FlexOffice Conference


About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp, headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the  CloudMeetingRooms.com  and  CloudVirtualOffice.com  e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

Why Women-Focused Coworking is on the Rise: a Conversation with Iris Kavanagh

Not too long ago, female-focused coworking was a whisper from the fringes of the coworking movement. Now it’s a quickly-growing niche of the workspace industry, with new models and spaces popping up regularly around the world.

What’s behind the rise of these spaces? Why do they appeal to women? And how do they fit into a movement rooted in inclusivity?

I chatted with Iris Kavanagh (pictured below), co-founder of Women Who Cowork and founder of Coworking with Iris, about the rise of female-focused space, the importance of supporting women entrepreneurs, and the many branches of the coworking tree. Here are the highlights of our conversation.

Iris Kavanagh | Women Who Cowork
Iris Kavanagh | Women Who Cowork

 
Cat Johnson: What was your first impression of female-focused coworking?

Iris Kavanagh: Hera Hub, a female-focused coworking brand founded by Felena Hanson, opened in 2010. At the time, it seemed like a really interesting concept, but I was one of those people who didn’t understand the value of it. I didn’t understand the purpose of a women-focused coworking space, but I thought it was great that another model of coworking was being created.

I try to be a really inclusive person, and our brand of coworking at NextSpace at the time was to open the doors, let everybody in, and see what happens. That was our philosophy and that’s been my philosophy that I carried forward from there. I think I didn’t pay as much attention to women-focused coworking in the beginning because it didn’t meet a need I had, and I preferred a more inclusive option for people.

Do you still feel like that?

No. My thinking started shifting in 2015. I had a long conversation with a former NextSpace member, a female entrepreneur. She raised a concern that I hadn’t considered before—that NextSpace could have done a better job providing support to female entrepreneurs in those early days—that it really was a man’s club. She pointed out that the resources we provided were sort of vanilla resources. What I understand now is that vanilla means created by, and dominated by, the male business archetype.

That was my first foray into seeing the unique needs of female business owners from the perspective of someone who had been in coworking. Prior to that, I had spent a year and a half in a women’s business coaching program. In a very supportive environment around other female entrepreneurs, I learned a lot about being a woman, and about the unique offerings of women, and that it’s okay to come into a situation with your feminine ways—that you can actually build a business on those feminine ways.

Felicity Maxwell, founder of FiberCove in Austin, Texas | Women Who Cowork
Felicity Maxwell, founder of FiberCove in Austin, Texas | Women Who Cowork

 
I landed in that group coaching program because I had lost my job at NextSpace. I had put my heart and soul into the company. To do that so completely and then to be completely removed from that work I had done, I almost immediately knew that, whatever I did in the future, my kids were going to come first, and I was going to be 100 percent, authentically myself.

At NextSpace I hadn’t been 100 percent myself. I was working for a company that was owned by, and run by, people with pedigrees. They were establishment people and I am highly from the fringes of society, and still skirt the edges. I was the token hippie socialist on the team, so I curtailed a lot of the feelings I would have around the idea of NextSpace having world domination, and all those terms the guys would use.

I came to this idea of female entrepreneurship and female coworking through a journey of my own as a female supporting entrepreneurs, then deciding that I could also be an entrepreneur myself.

I realized I really wanted to start telling the stories of the females in the industry—and there are so many females in this industry. I was able to interview women I really admire, like Ashley Proctor, Nicole Vasquez, Liz Elam, Jamie Russo, Angel Kwiatkowski. The more I did that, the more I got excited about interviewing these women who were creating these amazing experiences and community efforts.

In the last couple of years, we’ve gone from a few women-focused spaces to such a fast-growing movement that it’s getting challenging to keep track of all the female-focused spaces. What are you seeing from your vantage point?

In 2015, when I met Laura Shook Guzman and we decided to work together on Women Who Cowork together, there were just a handful of female-focused spaces. In 2017, more female-focused spaces opened, and some exclusive spaces opened—and there is a difference between the two. We started to notice a trend and that trend got a lot of pushback from people who would say that it’s not inclusive and if it’s women-only then you’re excluding men. There was a pretty big learning curve for people around that idea.

Women Who Cowork retreat
Women Who Cowork retreat

 
My thinking around it is that coworking is only continuing to branch and broaden. We started with a trunk of the coworking movement, and from that trunk have come all these branches that look very different from that original movement. The original Citizen Space in San Francisco is very different from your typical Galvanize, and yet it’s all coworking.

If you can have a space that’s exclusive to writers, why can’t you have a space that’s exclusive to women? I also really recognize the need for women to gather in a space for women. Statistics show that women do better in an environment that’s predominantly female because we feel safer about making mistakes and not knowing everything we don’t know.

2018 is an explosion of women opening spaces—coworking spaces, in general, and female-focused coworking spaces. My take is that this is part of a sea change of female leadership across the globe. Women are no longer sidelined in the business world. We are creating our world of business now. And it will be inclusive, because we are inclusive. It will be more inclusive than any of the traditional spaces have been because we will include things like childcare, and we will include opportunities for minorities and other females, because that’s what we do—we think of the village and not just ourselves.

What does it mean to you for a space to be female-focused?

Felena said it best. When she talks about the difference between female-focused and female-only. The idea behind Hera Hub is that it’s designed for women to feel comfortable. That doesn’t mean it’s just pretty—it also means that there are opportunities, in different ways. The kitchen is well-designed, not just a last-minute, thrown together aspect of the space. The environs are pleasing to enter into, they’re pleasing to sit in, they’re pleasing to experience.

We know that people do better when they work in an environment that is designed to enhance the human experience in the environment. So, when Felena talks about Hera Hub’s spa-like environment, she’s referring to a calming, well-designed environment that’s designed to help you stay in your parasympathetic nervous system and work in a nurturing and supportive environment.

Angel Kwiatkowski, Cat Johnson, Iris Kavanagh - Exhibiting The Power Of Being Vulnerable In A Group | Women Who Cowork
Angel Kwiatkowski, Cat Johnson, Iris Kavanagh – Exhibiting The Power Of Being Vulnerable In A Group | Women Who Cowork

 
The traditional coworking space caters to the women who can work anywhere—who feel comfortable in a room full of men. It’s great that we can have a supportive environment for women who, for whatever reason, don’t excel in a room full of men so they can also experience an environment that nurtures and supports entrepreneurs and meets them at their need level.

A majority of those women are probably not doing business ventures that men would consider traditionally viable. Women are opening businesses all over that are coming from their feminine, and their female experience.

Do you want to speculate about where this is all going? What’s the future of women-focused spaces?

In general, coworking is going to continue to fill a niche for a while until we reach the point where coworking is a household term. I do think that more and more women-focused spaces are going to open up because there’s a need for it. There’s a need for women to feel like we can be business owners, and child-rearers, and women all at the same time.

It took me having that conversation with my entrepreneur friend in 2015 and identifying my own needs as a female business owner to really understand why female-focused spaces are important. My hope is that through the MeToo movement, and the women’s equality movement, and through this aspect of our own industry, that we will reach equilibrium and come to a point where a woman-focused coworking space isn’t seen as a negative thing and maybe isn’t even necessarily needed as much as it is needed today.

What are your thoughts on the pushback around exclusivity in female-focused spaces—that it’s not coworky?

Feminism became a dirty word for a lot of people in the ‘70s—they assumed it meant you were somehow less of a woman if you identified as a feminist, or you were a man-hater. We have to stop making these zero-sum qualifiers. Just because women need a place to be where they feel supported by other women does not mean they’re excluding men from their lives overall.

A lot of clubs and organizations have been men-focused for a very long time. In order to be accepted into those organizations, women have had to become more male-identified. For women to have serious business clubs, like a coworking space, in which we can take ourselves seriously and be taken seriously, provides us the opportunity to continue to be ourselves, and come to the table with our strengths, and do so without the fear of condescension because we don’t know something. In a co-ed environment, women have less tendency to speak up because we’re taught not to speak up.

Girls do better in all-girl schools and women do better in women-focused environments because, generally speaking, we’re not going to rile each other for asking “stupid” questions.

In the male-dominated world, there are only a few slots for women, so those spots become competitive and women end up competing against other women for those spots. Then you have the sisterhood glass ceiling. In a female-focused environment, there is no sisterhood glass ceiling because we’re not competing—we can be our naturally collaborative selves.

Women Who Cowork unconference session at GCUC, USA 2017
Women Who Cowork unconference session at GCUC, USA 2017

 

by Cat Johnson, a content strategist, storyteller and coworking member at NextSpace Santa Cruz.


About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp, headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the  CloudMeetingRooms.com  and  CloudVirtualOffice.com  e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms in 700 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.