The Future of the Office: WeWork Launches WeGrow and Design Tips

10th November 2017
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WeWork, one of the original pioneers of trendy, flexible office space is looking to make a foray into the education sector with its launch of WeGrow. We’ve got news of what this is, as well as office design tips below. 

WeWork Launches WeGrow

The investment of tech startups into education is nothing new - Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla funnel Facebook stocks into schools and own a school themselves. Other tech companies have done similar things too – and now WeWork is joining in with their WeGrow program. It’s currently being piloted in New York with a view to launch with its first cohort of students next Autumn, focusing firmly on entrepreneurship. 

Children aged 5 – 8 will spend a day a week at a nearby farm learning about business, mathematics and other staples by running their own farm stand. The other 4 days a week are to be spent in more traditional lessons. In addition, businesses that rent WeWork office space will offer lessons and mentorships to students to help them learn about the day to day running of a company. 

It’s wonderful that startups in the tech space are looking to turn education on its head to give the next generation the best start possible. 

Office Space Tips

With all this talk of offices, it’s time to talk about office space. Here are some common mistakes businesses make as seen on Undercover Recruiter when looking for a new place to conduct their work: 

  • Timing: Allocating the important task of finding a new office to someone without the time or resource to dedicate to doing it is more likely to result in a less than ideal space
  • Light: Lighting is key, and exclusive corner offices tend to take a lot of it! Leaving spaces open to keep the light from being trapped is recommended
  • Acoustics: Sound is also important and can be lessened with the inclusion of rugs and furnishings
  • Task: Having a set idea of what you want rather than trying to make the space fit is also recommended
  • Formalities: Length of lease, ability to expand and location are other important formalities to make sure are right when conducting your search

The right office can make a world of difference to how we enjoy our work day, and making sure you get it right when moving is important for you and your staff.

The investment of tech startups into education is nothing new - Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla funnel Facebook stocks into schools and own a school themselves.