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October 28, 2019 in CCYP News

CCYP Office Goes Remote!

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Barnstable, MA – Cape Cod Young Professionals (CCYP), a 501(c)3 nonprofit that works to connect, engage, and advance Cape Cod’s young workforce and future leaders, will move to a fully remote office arrangement beginning in November 2019. The organization previously leased office space from the Cape Cod & the Islands Association of Realtors in West Yarmouth.

As a small organization of two full-time employees serving all of Cape Cod from Falmouth to Provincetown, CCYP’s decision to transition to a remote office allows for greater geographic flexibility for programs and activities, offers increased work-life balance for employees by decreasing commute times, and will result in improved financial stewardship through cost savings on rent and other office-related expenses.

“CCYP seeks to promote quality of life and career opportunity for working age adults across the Cape year-round, so we see this change in operations as a way to truly live our values as an organization,” said Lauren Barker, Chief Executive Officer of CCYP.

In coordination with the switch to a remote office, CCYP is also pleased to announce two new partnerships with local coworking spaces, CapeSpace (located in Hyannis and Mashpee) and Chatham Works (in Chatham). Through these partnerships, CCYP will have access to a full suite of business amenities to maintain a high-quality level of service for members, supporters, and the general public, while simultaneously benefiting from leaner and more streamlined operations.

“We are delighted to enter into this very logical partnership with another local organization that is focused on facilitating more business here on the Cape,” said Robbin Orbison, owner of CapeSpace.

"Chatham Works is thrilled to be partnering with CCYP to enable them to realize the many benefits of

working remotely,” said Fred and Lindsay Bierwirth, owners of Chatham Works. “We're big supporters of CCYP's mission to help make Cape Cod a more attractive and viable place for young professionals to live and work."

According to the Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey1, co-published annually by industry leaders Nonprofit HR and GuideStar, the number of nonprofit employees working remotely has increased by 20 percent in the last six years. Across all sectors, telecommuting has jumped by 140 percent, according to data from the American Community Survey and U.S. Census2. A growing body of research is emerging on the benefits of remote work for both employers and employees. One study from a professor with the Stanford Graduate School of Business3 found that employee productivity increased substantially for those working from home. The same study also showed that retention of employees decreased by an astounding 50%. For many young workers, access to coworking spaces and remote work opportunities are seen as desirable benefits, making these options a win-win for employees and employers alike.

Lauren Barker, CEO of CCYP, says the organization hopes other businesses and small offices on the Cape will follow CCYP’s lead: “On Cape Cod, and in small to mid-sized communities nationwide, we continuously hear that transportation infrastructure is a pressing need, that access to full-time childcare is a growing challenge, and that worker retention is an ongoing concern. We challenge other small employers to consider how they might offer more flexible work arrangements - like remote work and coworking - to better meet the needs of our modern workforce.”

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About CapeSpace

CapeSpace is Cape Cod’s first full-service flexible coworking space, with locations in Hyannis, MA and – most recently – Mashpee, MA. CapeSpace offers multiple levels of membership with access to a shared business lounge, private offices, meeting spaces, virtual offices, and more. To learn more about CapeSpace, visit https://www.capespace.com/.

About Chatham Works

Chatham Works opened in 2019 and is a combination fitness center, coworking space, and retail shop located in Chatham, MA. Chatham Works offers a wide range of exercise classes, open seating for remote workers, private offices, and more. To learn more about Chatham Works, visit https://chathamworks.com/.

About Cape Cod Young Professionals, Inc. (CCYP)

CCYP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, founded in 2005 with the goal of providing networking and professional development opportunities for young professionals on Cape Cod. CCYP’s mission is to connect, engage, and advance the next generation of Cape Cod’s workforce and community leaders. For more information about CCYP, visit www.capecodyoungprofessionals.....

Sources Cited in this Press Release

1Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey Results. NonprofitHR and GuideStar. Accessed at https://www.nonprofithr.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/2016NEPSurvey-final.pdf.

2Telecommuting Trend Data. Global Workplace Analytics. Accessed at https://globalworkplaceanalytics.com/telecommuting-statistics. 3Why Working from Home is a ‘Future-looking Technology.’ Insights by Stanford Business. Accessed at https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/insights/why-working-home-future-looking-technology.