A recent study presented at the Global Coworking Conference Unconference finds that coworking spaces are about more than just work, they are human spaces. Members, “work, network, learn and socialize together” forming a productive community of motivated people.  This is quite an improvement over the typical work from home environment many remote workers and startups are used to. 
Here is a summary of the results:

Work related:
  • 84% said they were more engaged and motivated when coworking
  • 67% said coworking improved their professional success
  • 69% said they feel more successful since joining a coworking space
Networking Related:
  • 82% said coworking has expanded their professional networks
  • 80% said they turn to other coworking members for help or guidance 
  • 64% of the respondents said their coworking networking was a very important (or important source of work (38%)
Learning related:
  • 69% reported they learned new skills
  • 68% reported they improved their existing skill set
  • 67% reported they attend events at their coworking space occasionally (45%) or often (21%); only 4% said they never attended events.
Social related:
  • 87% report they meet other members for social reasons, with 54% saying they socialize with other members after work and/or on weekends
  • 79% said coworking has expanded their social networks
Perhaps the most interesting finding came when people were asked how coworking affected their life overall:
  • 89% reported they are happier 
  • 83% reported they are less lonely
  • 78% reported that coworking helps keep them sane
This study serves as a resounding endorsement of coworking spaces. Coworking fosters more than just a healthy work environment, it leads to a happier, more connected life.

Source: https://www.smallbizlabs.com/2015/05/coworking-spaces-are-human-spaces.html

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