Coworking spaces are much more present in city landscape nowadays, than at the turn of the century, several years ago. Slowly, we’re getting used to changes in typical shape of work routine, work place and we’re accepting (and often treat it as a necessary privilege) that 9-5 working hours are not the only reasonable rules. Deskmag, the coworking magazine, conducted and published, for the fifth time, results of The Global Coworking Survey 2015-2016. After analyzing over 1000 questionaries from coworking spaces from all over the world we can presume, where is the idea of renting desks hitting. Interested in finding more details?
Number of coworking spaces and their members:
We can state this now without a doubt – with increasing number of people who decide to work independently, quickly rises demand for places where such remote job can be carried with necessary infrastructure. That’s why coworking spaces beat the pants off coffees, hotels, libraries and private bedrooms – their members can choose from open spaces, quiet rooms, conference rooms, common areas with food and beverage facilities, desks under open sky and numerous amenities (such as unlimited access to printers, chill-out zones, even baby- or pet-sitting services). Basically, no wonder that projected numbers are such optimistic for coworking owners:
Number of coworking spaces:
2015 – 7 800
2016 – 10 100
2017 – 12 700
Number of coworking members:
2015 – 510 000
2016 – 735 000
2017 – 1 030 000
Strong tendency – expansion (and problems linked to it):
As the number of people willing to work in coworking quickly and consequently increases through the last years and as this tendency is expected to even strengthen in the nearest future, coworking spaces are now facing the new problem – lack of space. Locals are to small to accommodate all new members, so tendency to expansion is highly visible. The efforts to solve this problem are reflected in three different ways:
- make more desks & space available for members in current location
- moving coworking to another, larger location
- opening and other, extra location in different place
Such interest for sure is desirable for corowking owners, but they also pointed out, that it causes many problems connected with such changes. In current problems, reported by coworking owners, the following problem are rank very high:
Current problems reported by coworking spaces (6 the most important):
1. Attracting new members
2. General workload
3. Administrative tasks
4. Organizing events
5. Real estate market
6. Not enough workspace
We can clearly see, that three from six problems that are the most important for coworking owners are in some way connected to location they’re functioning in. From couple of years (first survey was conducted in 2010), on market predominate coworking spaces that are rather big – over 30 members, but still – it’s not enough comparing to the current demand.
What’s also interesting in this context, although tendency to expansion is strong and the number of members constantly rises, the most frequent answer when it comes to reporting the most urgent and hard to overcome problems is attracting new members. To a certain extent, we can ascribe this problem to the new opened coworking spaces and to those opened in countries, where remote working lifestyle and freelancing is not as popular yet.
From inside of coworking spaces:
To find more about some details please read the answers below. They’re truly insane, in positive way. Sense of community was always something that made coworking spaces an unusual idea.
In 2016 coworking spaces anticipate:
- 87% more
- 12% the same amount of
- 1% less
- 82% more
- 15% the same amount of
- 3% less
Sense of community:
- 81% more
- 17% the same mount of
- 2% less
- 67% more
- 29% the same amount of
- 4% less
Researchers were also interested in knowing the most popular problems reported by members of coworking spaces. Here are the most annoying things for them:
Current problems reported by members:
1. Bad internet connection – 30%
2. Noise – 24%
3. Not able to focus on work – 17%
4. Lack of privacy – 15%
5. Lack of interactions with others – 14%
Coworking spaces are not deaf for demands of their community, that’s why in the last years typical coworking space is constantly evolving. From office with desk to multi-tasking space. With quiet rooms, conference rooms, fun and chill-out zones, kitchens with place to talk, gardens, etc. They also make an effort to organize events and engage members in after-work activities (such as workshops, motivations talks, quizzes, dinners for all members).
Let’s end this considerations on current and future shape on coworking spaces with one more statement. Expectations of their members for 2016 year. Are they optimistic? Without any doubt. People who work independently are much more open and positive in way they’re thinking of future. And that’s the most important thing to be proud of!
Expectations of members for 2016:
- Increasing amount of contacts – 68%
- Increasing amount of income – 59%
- Increasing amount of work – 58%
All data presented in this article come from The Global Coworking Survey 2015-2016, and you can find details at deskmag. To book a desk in the nearest coworking space, download app DESK.WORKS and try it on your own. Be a part of this huge workspace revolution!