There have been a couple of articles published recently about the success of coworking spaces at creating places where workers thrive.
One article detailed the results of the spring 2015 coworking space member survey conducted by Emergent Research, Global Coworking Conference Unconference (GCUC), and Jacob Sayles of Office Nomads. This global survey indicates the following:
“The key finding is while coworking spaces are definitely workspaces,they are also much more. They are places where members work, network, learn and socialize together. “
Also noted in the article:
“But even more interesting is coworking makes people happier. We asked how being a coworking space member had changed their lives. According to the respondents:
- 89% reported they are happier
- 83% reported they are less lonely
- 78% reported that coworking helps keep them sane
Our research objective for this project was to better understand the role work-related networking played in coworking spaces. And the results show that work-related networking is strongly enhanced by membership in a coworking space.
But despite our research being focused on the work aspects of coworking, the social and learning sides of coworking came out loud and clear.”
You can read more results from the survey here: http://www.smallbizlabs.com/2015/05/coworking-spaces-are-human-spaces.html
The second article mentioned yesterday in the Harvard Business Review described the ‘surprising’ results of the authors’ US-based studies about how employees thrive. Their surprise: Coworking spaces. They stated that the three predictors of thriving in coworkig spaces are:
1. People who use coworking spaces see their work as meaningful.
2. They have more job control (including both autonomy and structure).
3. They feel part of a community.
The article also includes suggestions for ways any business can create some of the same attributes as coworking spaces to enhance employees experience and performance at work. More on that in subsequent articles.
The HBR article can be found here (you may need to sign up for free to see it): https://hbr.org/2015/05/why-people-thrive-in-coworking-spaces
If you want to try coworking in Plymouth, come check out our space at THINQTANQ, conveniently located between the City Centre and the Barbican. We are happy to show you around, and have a chat about how coworking might just make your work life happier too.