Is this the future of work? The Boston Globe has downsized in terms of its workforce in recent years, but is still located in the same building. Instead of leaving the area formerly occupied by more than one hundred workers, it has come up with some creative ways to use the empty space. The NY Times reports:
The Globe has turned its empty offices into a public community space, bringing in start-up technology companies, bands visiting to perform for the company’s Internet station RadioBDC and special events like the programming code marathon it held for technology enthusiasts.
The newspaper has started offering the space to the community and says it helps to energize the workplace and helps the readers feel more engaged with them.
The paper doesn’t usually charge rent for the area, but instead looks for a mutually beneficial opportunity to work with the companies. Opening up the office is a move that makes the best use of wasted space and it also opens up the newspaper to the community it serves.