When we conducted one of the industry’s most in depth look at the state of Coworking Spaces earlier this year, one thing that really stood out was the amount of benefits working in these flexible workspaces could yield.
In this post we present some of most important coworking spaces benefits you should know about if you’ve never worked in one before.
At a Glance- Coworking Benefits Infographic
89% report being Happier after joining a Coworking Space
A 2017 survey  found that 89% of members feel happier since joining a coworking space. This is perhaps the most important statistic to take away.
Loneliness is one of the top challenges of remote working and freelancing. By coworking, people are able to work while making new friends as well.
According to the same 2017 survey , 79% of coworkers say joining a flexible workspace has expanded their social networks,
82% of coworkers expand their professional networks
With coworking, it’s not just the social network that can be improved. 82% of respondents  said that coworking has enabled them to expand their professional networks as well. As a result, 64% of members said that coworking have become an important source of work and business referrals.
This is very important since not only can coworkers get new clients, they can also increase their income simply by changing where they work. For entrepreneurs, it gives them a chance to gain new customers, and get help finding resources for their business
69% of coworking members acquire new skills at their new workspace
69% of the people surveyed  said that interacting with their coworkers have helped them learn new things. This allows them to not only improve their existing skill set, but also to acquire new skills.
Another way coworkers are learning is through the events and education programs that many coworking spaces host. 67% of coworkers said that they attend these programs.
By being able to improve their skill set, coworkers are able to be more productive. It also allows them to find new ways to work and improve their rates so that they can achieve more professional success.
61% of coworking members feel that it’s safe enough to leave their smartphone unattended for long periods of time
To avoid the loneliness that working at home entails, a lot of remote workers and freelancers turn to cafes to do their jobs. However, this can be an issue when it comes to security. Anyone can go in and out of cafes since these are public places. These aren’t places where you’ll want to leave your valuables unattended even for short period of time.
Coworking Spaces in general are much safer, as echoed by a survey that shows 61% of members feel safe enough to leave their cellphone unattended for a long period of time. Coworking space owners know that it is one of their top responsibilities to provide a safe working environment for their members. A good coworking space will have a 24/7 security system, protected networks, first aid kits, smoke detectors, and fire extinguishers.
70% of coworking members feel healthier at their new workspace compared to their office
Coworking operators are increasingly focused on health as a way to separate themselves from traditional office spaces. Many of these spaces now offer ergonomic chairs, standing desks, healthy snacks, and even a yoga/meditation room to cater to their members’ emotional and mental well being.
It seems to be be working. According to a Deskmag survey, 70% of coworking members feel healthier in their new workspace compared to their office. Ouch.
84% of coworking members feel more motivated and engaged
With all the benefits listed above, it’s not surprising that, according to a GCUC survey , 84% of coworkers report feeling more motivated and engaged to work in their flexible workspace.
The increase in motivation and engagement means coworkers can be more productive, make better business decisions, and be better equipped to face whatever obstacles may come their way. It also means that coworkers are more resistant to stress, leading to improved health, less sick days, and more energy for work.
67% of coworking members improved their financials since they started coworking
In GCUC’s 2015 report , 67% of the respondents said that they’ve experienced improved financial success since they started coworking. Combine this with all of the other benefits today, and we think you’d be crazy not to give coworking a try.