Coworking Spaces’ Benefits Appeal To Workers
Coworking spaces have become a popular choice among freelancers, remote workers and small businesses, and fortunately, most employees seem happy with the arrangement. A survey by business-to-business ratings and reviews platform Clutch found that 77 percent of employees are happy with their coworking space.
Clutch identified five benefits of coworking spaces that are winning people over. It found that 94 percent of survey participants appreciate the in-office perks such as coffee, snacks, social events and games; 57 percent note the convenient location; 55 percent like the opportunity to interact with other businesses; 53 percent enjoy the increased flexibility and 51 percent cite the sense of community.
Coworking spaces give companies the benefits of a workspace without the high costs of a traditional office space, and they can spend more time focusing on important tasks, such as increasing revenue or earning more clients, instead of maintaining an office.
Clutch found that the top perk of coworking spaces doesn’t involve a traditional workspace as 94 percent of coworking spaces offer additional in-office perks such as: coffee and tea (71 percent), snacks and meals (56 percent), networking/social events (45 percent), sit-stand desks (39 percent), “fun” elements such as games (30 percent), gyms/exercise facilities (26 percent) and pet-friendly amenities (26 percent). Clutch notes that the perks most coworking spaces offer help employees feel a connection with their shared office space.
“Although it is where I come to work, there are ping pong tables, kitchenettes with coffee and espresso, and most necessities to cook and clean,” says Matt York, a real estate investor for Queen City Buyer in Cincinnati. “Although it is not my home, it sure feels like home while I’m there.”
More than half of people say coworking spaces provide the opportunity to interact with other businesses (55 percent) and a sense of community (51 percent).
“Working in a shared office with other businesses and industries gives you the opportunity to learn firsthand how other businesses operate,” said Craig McGlynn, chief operations officer of Showingly, which operates out of a coworking space in Denver.
Most coworking spaces provide a variety of workspaces, from individual desks to private rooms. About 53 percent of coworking employees say flexibility is a benefit of their shared office space.
“My company has two private offices, but we often break out into the larger open spaces available as well as use the provided conference rooms when needed,” says Aaron Luther, senior growth manager at AlltimePower in New Orleans.