I’m sitting under my umbrella at Sandbox Suites and noticed that three of the people that are based here today locked their machines, got up and walked out for an hour or so (in fact I stepped out for an hour myself).
This made me think about the implications of working in a shared facility where people can just drop in and out. I’d say that a lot of people that work in co-working locations are carrying around a laptop, often valued between $1,500 and $5,000 dollars along with a bunch of other geeky accoutrements.
For a remote worker that kit is their life. If they loose it they have probably lost at least a days work but most likely more, but they have also lost their means of production which not only costs money, but also costs time to get back up and running.
So what is the upshot? Well co-working locations need to be someone selective with who they let through the doors. Most people are honest, but it only takes one person to ruin it. I wonder how co-working facilities deal with this – do they recommend people pack up every time they go for coffee or lunch, or to a meeting?
I guess that is why you might opt for a private office if you are in the one spot regularly.