Coworking spaces have upended office norms, transforming work and collaboration in the 21st century and highlighting the need to disrupt “business as usual” in favor of something a little more innovative.
To help showcase how impactful coworking is to modern life, we’ve compiled some of our favorite coworking stats to help tell coworking’s inspiring story.
- Flexible workspaces are on the rise. Globally, the number of coworking spaces is expected to double between 2017 and 2022, rising from 26,000 to 49,500.
- As an industry, coworking is mostly made up of small players. Even industry giant WeWork has just 1.7% of the total market, following up industry leader Regus. 86% of the market is outside the top 5 brands.
- Coworking is pivotal for networking. 82% of respondents in a recent Small Business Labs survey said coworking has expanded their professional networks – and 64% said it was an important source for their business referrals.
- Coworking provides a mood boost. Most people – 89% – said they are happier since joining a coworking space, according to the Small Business Labs study; 83% reported they are less lonely.
- Coworking also provides a health boost. 70% of members reported feeling healthier working in a coworking space, according to areaworks. Health is a key focus for members – according to Allwork, physical and mental amenities are the most requested services.
- Diversity is increasing. In 2019, the majority of members were women (just crossing the 50% threshold), according to a deskmag survey. Age still averaged at 36, according to deskmag, but more older and younger respondents proportionally are joining coworking spaces.
- Coworkers tend to stick around. Most members (60%) said they planned to stay at their current coworking space, according to deskmag – an increase from 55% in 2018. One important piece of context: since the rise of employers using coworking spaces, as opposed to freelancers or entrepreneurs, is on the rise, in some cases, this is because of employer-driven decisions.
- Coworking can hone and develop skills. Between coworking space events and all the talented professionals sitting in a coworking space, most professionals walk away better skilled. In the Small Biz Labs research, 69% said they learned new skills, and similarly, 68% reporting improving an existing skillset.
- Coworking is for introverts, too. As it turns out, just 30% of coworkers say they are extroverts, and 22% describe themselves as introverts. The rest are mixed.
- Most coworkers don’t use the space like a Monday-Friday gig. Slightly fewer than half of coworkers (46%) spend 5 or more days per week in a coworking space, according to Clutch. Related, 22% of coworkers say they work exclusively in a coworking space – most employees are using a coworking space as a complementary solution.
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