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Teleworking in post-pandemic times: may local coworking spaces be the future trend?

Manzini Ceinar, I; Mariotti, I; (2021) Teleworking in post-pandemic times: may local coworking spaces be the future trend? Romanian Journal of Regional Science , 15 (1) pp. 52-76. Green open access

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Abstract

The Covid-19 pandemic has altered the habits and lifestyle of every citizen worldwide who is experiencing social distancing, mainly in the work environment, increasing the degree of uncertainty, especially in creative and innovative sectors. New trends, such as remote working and teleworking, emerged, marking a shift in the working culture, and producing a growth of intermittent work modalities and diverse, even community-led, dynamics affecting our urban environment economically, socially, and spatially. During the year 2020, we have been witnessed a wave of workers moving from traditional work in the office (Second Place) to teleworking at home (First Place) or a Third place (i.e., coworking spaces), with significant effects on the worker’s performance and the geography of work, including implications for the environment. Even if the turn towards local coworking places was already in place, the impact of Covid-19 on coworking has rendered these local spaces vital pieces of an infrastructure of local resilience as work will shift away from global metropolitan areas, as suggested by numerous analyses based on extensive surveys. Within this context, the present paper aims to explore whether and how teleworking impacts the worker him/herself in terms of productivity, quality of life, and well-being. Moreover, the effects of working in a local coworking space (community-led coworking space) are discussed, and attention is devoted to the role of these workplaces to accommodate teleworkers.

Type: Article
Title: Teleworking in post-pandemic times: may local coworking spaces be the future trend?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.rjrs.ase.ro/index.php/current-issue/
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright of an article published in RJRS belongs to its author(s). As mentioned above, they are allowed to publish under Creative Commons License CC BY-NC-ND.The ideas expressed in the article represent the views of the author(s) only, not the view of the RJRS editors or of the members of the International Advisory Board. The authors guarantee that the paper is original, has not been previously published or is under reviewing at other journals. The authors grant RJRS the right to publish the article and to be acknowledged as the original publisher.
Keywords: remote working, teleworking, Covid-19, local coworking space, the geography of work, commuting, work-life balance.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10139557
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