In my last blog post, I discussed the emerging importance of coworking spaces in the post-industrial workforce. In this part two of the series, at the risk of bursting this utopian post-industrial bubble, I set out some of the more pressing employment law issues with coworking spaces: confidential information, data security, privacy and ownership of content.
For the last many centuries, workers have gathered together in the same workplace because they were paid and employed by the same employer, and because that’s where the work was. It didn’t really matter if you had anything personally in common with your co-workers, and you certainly didn’t have to be inspired or motivated by them. But you did have to show up at the bricks and mortar workspace to do the work and get your paycheque.
Technology and the explosion of the entrepreneurial economy have changed all that. Work for many is where our computer can hook up to a signal and get access to documents in the cloud. That means work can be anywhere for many pockets of our post-industrial workforce.
This is the first part of a 4 part series looking at the coworking world: (1) what it is; (2) what are the data & privacy risks; (3) what are the human risks; and (4) how to manage your employees who may be working out of a coworking space.