Leo Burnett’s Department of Design Pilots Deskpass

We’re thrilled to partner with Leo Burnett to offer Deskpass to their Department of Design.

We know Deskpass will be popular with freelancers and remote workers. Leo Burnett is helping pioneer flexible work for employees who have a dedicated workspace. Alisa Wolfson, exec VP-head of design at Leo Burnett, said Deskpass can “augment an already good situation” with her team’s current workspace.


The creative team of 20 will have access to over 25 spaces, some with wildly different layouts and aesthetics from the Leo Burnett office, to help keep the great ideas flowing.

Check out more of this exciting story in AdAge.

Interested in offering Deskpass to your employees? Let’s talk! deskpass@desktimeapp.com

Announcing Deskpass

The city is now your office.

We’re beyond excited to announce Deskpass, a brand new offering from your good ol’ friends at Desktime.

A flexible, city-wide coworking membership

Deskpass is a membership plan that offers as-needed access to a growing network of work spaces throughout Chicago and surrounding suburbs.

You can work at any one space up to 5 times per month (Monday-Friday). Spend a week in four spots a month or switch it up everyday. Work spaces all over Chicagoland all for one affordable price: $199/month. A simple-to-use iOS app allows member to book a space and, upon arriving, check in and get to work.

Working at home is great, until it’s not

If you’re a freelancer, independent contractor or remote worker, you can pick the spot that’s right for the work you’re doing right now. One day you need a place that’s buzzing with activity to keep you energized, the next a quieter space so you can buckle down and get it done. Some days you want to work close to meetings or to your evening plans. If you’ve been hesitant to commit to one space or because of the cost, Deskpass is just the thing.

Support your (work from) home team

Teams and businesses can also purchase memberships for their team members and employees. Meet up to work together and be inspired all over the city or allow your people to work where it makes sense for them. Our first business customers are Leo Burnett and Basecamp. If this is something that your company might be interested please let us know!

Sounds neat. But what spaces are on Deskpass?

We’ve already lined up more than 25 spaces in greater Chicagoland to participate including coworking spaces like NextSpace River North, Level Office, SPACE, Enerspace, Workshop, The Study, Assemble, Simple.Honest.Work and many many more. Check out the full list.

Chicago’s great. But what about my city?

We’re launching in Chicago, our hometown and one of the best dang coworking cities in the world, with hopes to bring Deskpass to other cities soon. The more folks on our waitlist in a particular city, the faster we will get there.

Want to add your space to the network?

If you’re a dedicated coworking space or have an office with space to spare, you can get in on the fun too. Get more people in to see what you offer, experience your culture and meet the people who have memberships to your space.

We’ve been hard at work creating Deskpass since the beginning of this year. We’re convinced that it’s the very best way to work in Chicago. Our goal is simple: we want to bring coworking to as many people as possible.

Let’s get started.

Want to open your doors to cool people and teams? Interested spaces can contact us at deskpass@desktimeapp.com.

Want to get on the waitlist for when we open membership? Request an invite here.

Explore the Future of Work Recap

On Thursday 2/13, Workspring hosted a lively discussion about the Future of Work. Panelists included Drew Jones, an ethnographer exploring design, innovation, and employee experience design and partner at Austin coworking space Conjunctured and Sam Rosen from Desktime as well as John Pipino, who goes by Pip, a consultant at Doblin with Workspring’s Managing Director Danielle Galmore serving as moderator.


courtesy of Workspring

The discussion was in support and response to Drew’s book [The Fifth Age of Work][2}.

What is the Fifth Age of Work?

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Virtual Help for Coworking, Small & Remote Teams: Ruby Receptionist

Any small business knows that the first contact with a potential customer matters. Heck, every business knows that. Even in this digital world a critical point of contact (with a customer, a client, a potential partner) is still a phone call.

Any small business or startup knows that bottom lines matter too. A high-quality, full-time receptionist is an investment, one you might not be ready to make if your phone isn’t ringing off the hook. An office manager might work too, but if they’re managing the office, they might not be at the phone all the time. Ask your team to answer a phone means knowing there’s an interruption whenever someone calls. Is that ever a good idea?

And, if we’re really talking about the modern company, what if you work out of a coworking space or have a remote or distributed team? Who’s answering the phones then? And where, exactly, is the phone?

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Working Remotely: How To Do It Right and Why


from Entrepreneurs Unpluggd

Last night’s Entrepreneurs Unpluggd event Working Remotely: How To Do It Right and Why in Chicago brought together a room full of people and four speakers exploring what it means to work remotely. Here’s a round up on the big ideas in case you missed it.

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37signals Works Remotely

Our friends at 37signals released a video in advance of their new book Remote. This thoughtful piece teaches us great people doing great work can make an outstanding team from any location. Featured in the video is Nick of Cowork Buffalo, one of Desktime’s first customers and advocate of how coworking balances the untethered work life while keeping alive the collaborative energy of people. Today, working remote doesn’t mean working alone, it means more time for life.

The team members who were not in the same location with their leaders were more engaged and committed — and rated the same leader higher — than team members sitting right nearby. While the differences were not enormous (a couple of tenths of a point in both categories), they were enough to provoke some interesting speculations as to why this might be happening.

Me Trying to find a table at Filter, Wormhole or Alliance on a workday

Dude, Where’s My Cube?

Recently read this fascinating article in the Wall Street Journal talking about some of the changes large companies are making regarding their real estate. Below are some fantastic quotes regarding American Express and their recent real estate transition…

“At American Express, roughly 20% of the 5,000 workers at the company’s New York headquarters are considered “club” employees, who come to the office just a few days a week and set up in unassigned desks. These employees are part of a companywide program called BlueWork, which is intended to spur creativity and save money by doing away with traditional office space.

Susan Chapman, a senior vice president at American Express who is overseeing the redesign, says that studies show traditional office space has a utilization rate of just 50% due to sick days, vacations and travel. That doesn’t count wasted drawer space that holds stacks of old paperwork, cookware, shoes and other personal items.”

Similarly GlaxoSmithKline has been making changes to great success…

“GlaxoSmithKline says it has saved nearly $10 million annually in real-estate costs by gradually shifting 1,200 employees at its Research Triangle Park, N.C., office to unassigned seating. Similar moves outside the U.S. have saved the U.K.-based company some £25 million ($40 million) annually, says Christian Bigsby, Glaxo’s senior vice president of world-wide real estate and facilities.”