Much of the world has been working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But at home, there are distractions, limited technology and scarce face-time with managers and co-workers. After many months, it’s become clear that most employees want to return to the office, at least for part of the week. Still, they don’t necessarily want to make the long commute to office headquarters on crowded public transport, or to give up the flexibility they enjoyed while working from home.
WeWork created All Access to solve these challenges.
WeWork All Access is your passport to more than 843 WeWork locations, in 150 cities and 38 countries. Whether you’re in Sao Paulo, Toronto, London or Los Angeles, you’ll never be far from a WeWork location where you can access reliable Wi-Fi, conference rooms, quiet workspaces, clean bathrooms and micro-roasted coffee. New members in the United States and Canada can try a free, two-week trial of All Access for up to 10 people on your team.
Curious about what that means for you and your teams? Read on.
The challenge: you feel uncomfortable commuting on public transportation
The solution: walk or cycle to a WeWork location close to where you live.
The ways we used to commute to work – in packed subway trains and buses – has changed dramatically during the pandemic. It’s understandable if you’re just not ready to do that again. Instead, All Access gives you the flexibility to go to a workplace closer to your home. That way, you can walk, cycle or scooter to a dedicated office space. There are WeWork locations in 150 cities around the world. Just in New York City alone, 96 per cent of residents in Manhattan live within a 15-minute walk or bike ride from a WeWork building, according to a study by urban planning tool Replica.
The challenge: you need more flexibility in your everyday life
The solution: visit a WeWork location wherever you are in the city.
We all have life responsibilities outside of work. Perhaps you have a doctor’s appointment on the other side of town one day, or have to pick up your child from school in a different area another day. You need to be able to dip in and out of an office space close to where you need to be. All Access allows you to go into any WeWork location in your home country – so you can work from an office that is designed for productivity and make it to your next appointment on time.
The challenge: you need a quiet place – that’s not your kitchen table – to get things done
The solution: WeWork understands that people need different types of spaces to perform various tasks during the course of a day. That’s why, in addition to areas for meeting, connecting and socialising, many WeWork locations include private phone boxes that you can access when you need quiet time for heads-down work.
Students who no longer have access to their university’s library can go into a clean space to study. Parents with children and those with housemates can get some alone time away from the noise at home. All Access allows you the ability to dip into any WeWork location closest to you.
The challenge: you spend so much time travelling in between meetings that you have no time to actually work
The solution: with All Access, any WeWork location is your touchdown space.
The idea for All Access originated with Microsoft, one of our enterprise clients, whose New York sales division was based out of WeWork Times Square. The team was spending a lot of time going back and forth from Times Square to meetings all over the city. As an experiment, they were given access to all WeWork locations so that team members could head to the nearest WeWork in between meetings and take calls, work on presentations or send emails – rather than spend all that time commuting.
The experiment was such a success that we made All Access available to all WeWork members looking to increase the productivity of their travelling workers. One major telecoms company, for example, has given All Access to its Los Angeles sales team to save them from hours of driving – and sitting in traffic – every day.
The challenge: you’re heading into a meeting and need to print a presentation
The solution: every WeWork location has fast Wi-Fi, easy-to-use printers, lots of power outlets and private phone boxes for making calls.
The challenge: you’re in a different city from your headquarters, and you need to find a place to meet a client
The solution: All Access gives you the ability to immediately book conference rooms at any location via the WeWork app. And because our technology is consistent across locations, you won’t have to waste time working out how to connect your laptop or set up a videoconference.
If your meeting is more casual, you and your guests can connect in any of the location’s common areas, ranging from lounges to outdoor terraces, like the ones at London’s Tower Bridge or Rio de Janeiro’s Carioca.
The challenge: being on the road can be exhausting – and sometimes you need a little familiarity
The solution: WeWork is your home away from home. At every location, anywhere in the world, you know what you’re going to get. Being able to access this consistent experience, no matter where you are, can take some stress out of travelling and allow you to focus on your work.
Having All Access also makes you part of the worldwide WeWork community. At every location, WeWork Community teams are there to answer questions or lend a helping hand.
Plus, wherever you may be, you can participate in WeWork events – from professional development sessions to networking breakfasts – that give you a network of future colleagues, collaborators and friends.
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