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Even before the pandemic upended the office, companies were rethinking traditional commercial leases and transitioning to flexible workspaces and coworking spaces. It’s becoming clear that the trend will only accelerate.

A local case in point is Pinnacle Human Resources, a full-service HR outsourcing and consulting firm that has recently grown its staff to 20 consultants and this month moved its Albany headquarters to BEAHIVE Albany, the first coworking space in the Capital Region.

“Our company has been on Albany Business Review’s Fastest-Growing Companies List for four years in a row and reached No. 14 in 2019 — and our growth is continuing,” says Pinnacle president Rose Miller.

“We had outgrown our office space, and with most of our employees still working from home, we had an opportunity to rethink our needs. I believe coworking spaces make a lot of sense in terms of shared infrastructure. Our new space at BEAHIVE will offer an area for clients to use for training and webinars, something we’ve always dreamed of and are planning for the future.”

Coworking spaces like BEAHIVE look to benefit from the paradigm shift in work, especially as companies consider remote work as a permanent option for their staff. Many employees are asking for the option, and organizations are open to the model because it’s been shown to improve productivity, business continuity, employee engagement, and reduce costs. For workers, compared to working at home, coworking spaces offer them quiet, focused work areas, companionship, stable Internet access, and comfortable furnishings.

While the past several months have been quiet at BEAHIVE Albany, owner-operator Tracy Metzger is invigorated by the level of new interest. “I didn’t really know what to expect and when to expect it, but the phone is ringing. Most of the inquiries are coming from companies looking for a home base for key staff while the rest of the staff continues to work from home. Nonprofits, in particular, are realizing coworking spaces are not only a great cultural fit but will allow them to reduce their overhead.”

Located downtown at 418 Broadway, BEAHIVE Albany launched in 2012 with just 3,000 square feet and now spans 9,000 square feet across 3 floors with private office suites, open work areas with dedicated and flexible desks, and 4 conference rooms, plus kitchens and restrooms on each floor.

BEAHIVE is currently accepting new members. All COVID protocols are in place, providing a safe work environment.

About Pinnacle HR

In business since 2009, Pinnacle HR offers clients HR support services, employee handbooks, compensation systems, engagement/culture surveys, sexual harassment/diversity/managerial training programs and the rapidly growing Leave of Absence Administration service.

The firm is recommended by payroll providers, insurance brokers, CPA, and attorneys. President Rose Miller is a frequently requested speaker, who also writes the monthly “Work Matters” column in the Albany Times Union and produces a podcast series, The Thorn in Rose’s Side.

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