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Coworking Co. Sees Customers Slowly Returning

Coming out of the Memorial Day holiday with more and more lockdown restrictions being lifted, a San Diego-based coworking company that focuses on women reported that clients are slowly returning.

“It hasn’t been a stampede. I’ll say that we have had a little uptick in folks coming in,” said Felena Hanson, founder of Hera Hub.

The company has San Diego County locations in Sorrento Valley, Mission Valley and Carlsbad. It also has coworking spaces in Temecula, Irvine, Phoenix, Washington, D.C., and Sweden.

Hanson figures more of its 400 members will return as they get more comfortable with a return to some sense of normalcy.

Interaction Important

“Some people are not going to feel safe coming out right away, so we’re just doing everything we can to make them feel as safe as possible and hope that they do realize that human interaction is still important,” Hanson said.

Many of Hera Hub’s members also will be able to get back to work as day care centers reopen.

“I think that will bring folks back as well,” Hanson said. “Even the stock market’s continued rally I think is making people feel better about the future.”

Changing Work Climate

“I think there will be new opportunities for coworking when you have companies like Twitter that say you don’t even have to come in to work again,” Hanson said.

A national survey conducted by The Harris Poll for CBRE Hana, a subsidiary of the commercial real estate company CBRE, found that 55% of those surveyed were either told by their employers to work at home during the pandemic or given the option of working at home.

Prior to the pandemic, only 11% of those surveyed said they were given the option of working remotely.

The survey also found that 56% of respondents wanted to either continue to have the flexibility of working in the office or remotely or to work exclusively outside of the office once the pandemic is over.

Open in Pandemic

Hera Hub kept its Mission Valley and Sorrento Valley offices open throughout the pandemic and even extended its hours to make space available 24 hours a day for remote workers in essential businesses, Hanson said.

“We’ve been able to survive. I’ve cut back on everything that I can possibly,” Hanson said. “Most of our members have stuck with is and most of them have continued to pay rates like they would to be here.”

The pandemic has brought about changes in the company’s workspaces.

“We pretty much immediately setup social distancing standards, just ensuring that people weren’t in close proximity to each other and immediately put out disinfectant to keep their work areas clean,” Hanson said.

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