🇺🇸 Best US cities for Remote Work
In order to find the best cities for remote workers, CoworkingCafe researchers explored 11 key Expand 👇 metrics grouped into four categories: remote work, economy, connectivity, and infrastructure. These included the share of remote workers, the availability of coworking spaces, the accessibility of broadband internet, income, entertainment options, and more.
They found that the remote work cities were evenly spread across the US, with Atlanta GA emerging as the best city. Seattle, WA took second place overall, ranking first for the adoption of remote work and scoring high for its proximity to airports. Arlington, VA rounded out the podium, boasting a robust economy and the lowest unemployment rate among the top 10 cities.
✈️ The market for drop-in workspace at airports heats up
The WSJ digs into the trend about PAYG or app-based workspace access in airports. Although we’ve Expand 👇 been following this topic for a while here on TWIC, there is one chain I hadn’t covered yet, and that may be because their PAYG office setup is kind of a secondary ‘thing’.
Minute Suites started as a chain of pay-as-you-go (PAYG) places to sleep at 10 US airports. However through a partnership with the Priority Pass network, they’re now pivoting to focus on letting their members work at PAYG locations.
🛫 Asia’s first pay-per-minute coworking center in an airport
JustCo and Changi Airport Group have announced a partnership to launch an amenity-packed 24/7 Expand 👇 coworking center in the airports’ Terminal 3. The space, estimated to open next quarter, will be closer to an airport lounge than a rentable booth, which we’ve seen great pilots of so far. Keep an eye on this trend of coworking in train stations and other travel hubs.
🇩🇪 Partnership brings “Office Cubes” to motorway service areas
SolingenMagazin shares some details behind the pilot partnership between Nooka Space and orangery to Expand 👇 offer bookable workspaces at two service areas on the A3. The cubes offer fast WiFi, a quiet environment and a real desk for important calls or a spot of work whilst on the road.
Now this of course isn’t the first time we’ve seen bookable work pods pop up in airports, train stations, and other commuter-focussed areas – but they’re one of the few that seem to be also focussed on the tech behind the cubes and making them easy to book and use.
🛫 Are airports the perfect coworking place (for some)?
Business Traveler looks into the growing trend of remote workers holding meetings on the go from Expand 👇 newly designed terminals and lounges. They note that the number of flex workspaces within airports has grown 100% year-on-year since 2021 (via CoworkIntel), that Jabbrbox is growing, and that the operator of Priority Pass shared that “working space to plug in and focus” was one of the top choices of what travelers are willing to pay for.
Just like retail bringing in flex workspaces, increased footfall that hangs out for a little longer can mean big spikes in long-term revenues of surrounding retailers, and therefor chargeable rents. Makes sense to me.
🛃 Booking platform adds lounge-access
Upflex have announced they’re partnering with DragonPass to also make 1,100 lounges in airport and Expand 👇 rail stations bookable.
If you participated in the last TWIC Discussion, then you’ll remember us digging into how flex spaces, and when-on-the-move workspaces were being brought together to enable whole new types of workdays/weeks, ultimately benefiting participating spaces.
🛫 A look at how airports are supporting remote work
Merche Blanco Garcia shared 4 shifts in how airports are adopting coworking space (or coworking-like Expand 👇 amenities) to support remote workers on-the-go. Interesting to see how Schipol, Dubai, São Paulo and airports around the US are exploring drop in workspaces for travelers. As employers explore ways to for their teams to access/book/leverage more spaces worldwide, this will be part of the puzzle that may sway decision making at the corporate level.
🛫 The race for during-travel workspaces is on.
120 airport lounges owned by Plaza Premium Group are now bookable via Coworker (which ICYMI is now Expand 👇 part of The Instant Group) and becomes the first ‘non-traditional’ workspace options available on the platform.
This move means that the users of this coworking space aggregator can make reservations at lounges in 70 airports at a discounted rate. Given their recent acquisition, access to these lounges will also become available of other Instant properties/platforms.