Contact: Monique Cherrie, Founder & Owner
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WITH A SHIFT TO PREDOMINANTLY WORK FROM HOME, STAFF NEED OPTIONS
Finding accessible spaces with the emphasis on COVID-19 precautions!
VANCOUVER, BC (JULY 14, 2020) The list of companies that have told their staff to keep working at home grows every day. For some employees, that’s a dream come true. For others, this change comes with many obstacles.
Home offices are not replete with amenities that you normally have in the workplace. Slower internet speed, competing attentions from family, noisy neighbours, or even simple elements like air conditioning, or the perks of free coffee, can impede productivity. And likely not something Vancouver’s small condo owner may have planned for.
Despite ultra-connected offices, one study from Stanford found that if given the option, over half the test subjects would prefer to not work from home due to feelings of isolation, loneliness, and depression.
Makeshift Work Space has been watching these studies for work from home culture and trends for quite some time. Owner Monique Cherrie said “My husband and I have been remote workers for over a decade. Trying to have a confidential call from a coffee shop or working at home in uncomfortable chairs and desks made productivity a challenge.”
Her idea was to create a space in the trendy Strathcona neighbourhood that was bright, modern, affordable, with super-fast Wi-Fi, and ample desk space where you could be comfortable while challenged with looming deadlines. She also wanted to give people in similar situations a chance to socialize, inspire one another, and hopefully build a close-knit community.
With COVID-19 health precautions of the utmost importance, Ms. Cherrie has improved the space with plexi dividers between desks, incorporating electrostatic spray technology to cleanse the space, frequent cleaning of any high contact surfaces, a daily full environment cleaning, and deep cleaning once a week.
Ms. Cherrie mentioned “Before COVID-19, our community felt welcomed, comfortable, and safe in our space. That’s my job now, to make people feel safe here and maintain these high standards now we able to open the doors again. And that our community knows we do our best to take every precaution we can.”
The space also provides private phone rooms and large conference rooms that can easily be configured to provide safe distancing between meeting attendees.
It’s also very important for Ms. Cherrie to give back to the community. As a Black female entrepreneur, she believes in giving a helping hand where she can. She is reserving two desks per month for Black women, especially ‘Mom-preneurs’ who need a workspace to help them get their own business off the ground. These entrepreneurs can also request to reserve conference room space.
Those in need should email their request for desks to firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests will be handled on a first come first serve basis.
Makeshift Work Space provides an inspirational, productive shared workspace that supports business professionals, freelancers, and digital workers. Makeshift Work Space is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.