The past few months have been impactful for our whole planet and the collective of members and friends we have at the Hub.
The news changes each day and we are watching the State and City’s leadership for guidance on when we can open. In the meantime we’re making changes to the space to keep our members and team as safe as possible. Currently, members with Unlimited Memberships, Offices and Dedicated Desks can access the space and members with part time memberships who self select as an essential business can contact us for M-F, 9am-5pm access. We are really excited to welcome our Hub ‘ohana back into our space and will continue to ensure the safety of everyone that comes through our doors remains a top priority. Please see our updated operations policies for the Hub here.
During this break in regular services, we’ve also spent time reflecting on the ways that COVID-19 has changed our personal lives and our business. As a team, we’ve listened to our members about the challenges they’ve been facing and have begun to proactively brainstorm some solutions. We invite anyone to send us their ideas on how the Hub can safely support the community and how the Hub can innovate to stay at the forefront of the services it provides. You can email us here.
Our team has definitely missed the collective energy that our members bring: as we’ve often said, the Hub is so much more than the walls that we share – it’s the people that make it a great place to come to work.
For some, the past 6 weeks of shelter-in-place has been a great opportunity to discover the benefits of working from home, and many have found that it suits some of their needs quite well. It has taught some of us new skills (I’m thinking about leading virtual meetings and brainstorms) and allowed us to get creative on how we work. Perhaps it has even given more time to lead a balanced work schedule.
On the other hand, others have had a difficult time trying to adjust and work from home (WFH). As many of us have experienced, WFH has a unique set of challenges, whether that’s unreliable internet, too hot or too cold, a heap of laundry, a lack of space for functional work habits, a loud household filled with family or roommates, child care, or perhaps a few small, unruly ‘coworkers’ that want to join your meetings.
For me personally, I like to have my options and I’m reminded how important a flexible workspace was for me before the Hub existed, and we are reminded why we started the Hub in the first place. The Hub’s flexible membership plans mean that you can join, cancel, and/or change at any time. You can join for just a few days a month even. If you’re like some people and you can’t wait to get out of the house, we’re still open 24/7 for Unlimited Memberships so that you can find the focus time that you need at a desk or in a private office. And you can work with us to host virtual or small meetings, without housemates or kids around to interrupt. Whatever balance of home-work or office-work that is best for you, we want to make it easy for you when we can reopen because things will be different for everyone.
When you are able to come back, the Hub is going to look a bit different – we’re changing the physical spaces with ‘team areas’ and physical dividers to aid in social distancing, and we’ll have updated meeting room protocols. We have revamped our cleaning and sanitizing procedures for those that enter the Hub, and we’ll be sharing the new protocols soon. We want to remind you, that as a current or former member, you’re welcome back as soon as we get permission from our local and state government that it’s okay to open. We really look forward to seeing all of you soon – with your masks on, of course! And don’t worry, we brought the coffee back!