Nowadays, a coworking space must go above and beyond when it comes to office amenities – a humble desk to call one’s own seems a little miserly compared with coworking offices that offer members everything and anything from free tea and coffee to beer on tap, regular events and on-site gyms. Now a co-working space in the US is giving us all paws for thought with its approach that allows members to bring their pooch work
Work & Woof in Austin, Texas, is ‘Austin’s FIRST Indoor/Outdoor Dog Park AND Coworking Space’. In service of its motto – ‘You work, they play’ – the 10,000 sq ft office has room for a mixture of hot desks, dedicated desks and private offices with enough space for four-legged friends to run around.
The indoor area offers toys and tunnels for dogs to explore or they have 6,000 sq foot of outside space to roam.
Free doggy daycare comes as standard for all members, along with a host of more conventional coworking resources including printing, Wi-fi and a virtual mailbox. But for those that can’t bear to let their dog from their sight, members can opt to have their furry friend at their desk. And when it’s time for both to stretch their legs, adults can fill up on local food truck treats and enjoy the fact that it’s BYOB .
A dedicated desk at Work & Woof costs $475 per month (around £400). It’s not cheap but when you factor in the potential saving on dog care, it’s not a bad deal.
As coworking spaces continue to proliferate, members are increasingly asking for more from their office space. It is part of a wider trend towards holistic working, where the work-life balance takes priority. More and more businesses are becoming savvy to the restrictive nature of 9-5 hours and desk-bound jobs, while employees are increasingly asking for flexible working and prioritising perks like subsidised food and gym access over pay. With stress now a proven risk factor to long term good health, the way we work is changing to focus overall on the way we live.
Dogs are already used therapeutically in schools, hospitals and care homes to great recorded effect; perhaps it stands to reason that we would welcome them into our place of work. The pressure of caring for a pet in tandem with working long hours and giving all to your business (and coworking members and prone to do both) makes caring for your pet another hassle on the to-do list. Work & Woof might seem at first glance like the latest gimmick in the coworking scene but this idea might just have legs. Four of them, to be precise.Back to Blog