Coworking spaces are collaborative workspaces and interaction should be one of your greatest allies.
- How many events are held to encourage interaction month?
- How to interact with each other, both locally and internationally?
These are some of the questions we ask during the 2nd Global Coworking Survey and this is the report we present some of the most interesting results.
Most coworking spaces celebrate two events per month (21%). It may be workshops, meetings, breakfasts, professional courses or conferences. As shown in the graph on the left, about 15% of coworking spaces holds a minimum of 10 events throughout the month, which means an average of 4.5 events.
There are very good reasons why a workspace should hold events, including coworkers that request them and assist them. 84% of all respondents stated participate in events and, on average, comes to 1.8 events per month. These statistics reveal a curious parallel: the large spaces of coworking, those with at least 50 jobs and events held regularly, get that participation increases with each event. The more events are held, the bigger will be the participation of co-workers in each of them!
Coworkers make an average of 3.6 contacts useful every 2 months
Here’s a statistic that may explain the effectiveness of coworking: helps make new contacts. It may seem obvious, but it is useful to have some other data to support this assumption.
Most of the coworkers said he had made an average of 3.6 new contacts during the last two months. This figure varies slightly depending on the size of coworking space; It finds it easier to make new contacts in large spaces in small.
Apart from making “useful” contacts, it seems that the social circle of coworkers also extended. 77% of the members of a coworking space claims to have socialized with some coworkers of your space after work or during weekends. Almost a third of respondents (27%) said they had socialized with most members of his space on at least one occasion. Only 15% of coworkers have never been linked with the other members outside the work environment.
A third of the coworkers talk about coworking outside the workspace
The best advertising for a coworking space is an active coworker. Just over a third of respondents (37%) reported having spread the philosophy of coworking, either through friends or social networks. A fifth (22%) is considered an active member within their coworking space, but not outside it, and less than 3% reported not being interested in the philosophy of coworking, but simply want to work at your leisure.
Regular exchange between local coworking spaces
As shown by the results of the 2nd Global Coworking Survey, coworking spaces lead by example what the interaction is concerned. And, like their coworkers, they prefer to interact locally rather than internationally. 83% of the spaces indicated that collaborates with other coworking spaces at regional or local level; only 10% prefer to remain isolated.
The results also reflect the good health of coworking spaces in which to exchange national concerns. The larger spaces, those with at least 30 members interact at all levels, like those spaces that take longer working, that is, those who have more than 12 months.
This brings us to the next topic, the idea of creating an organization representing the interests of workspaces. 21% of workspaces states that support an organization of space locally, being slightly higher for the those who prefer to act at the national level (32%) or global (28%) percentage.Only 6% of coworking spaces would not support a unified organization of any kind. Again, it appears that large areas are more likely to support the creation of an organization of wider coworking spaces.
The Coworking Visa service is not sufficiently widespread
One of the consequences of the interaction between large-scale spaces is to exchange members. However, the survey indicates that the “agreement” coworkers applicable to travelers, the Coworking Visa system, is not yet sufficiently known. The Coworking Visa is an unofficial and open agreement, which allows coworkers to visit other places for a few days.
We asked coworkers if often visit other cities for work. Of these, only about 30% had heard of the Coworking Visa, and only one-tenth had used this service. The data contained in the Deskwanted.com page indicate that about a quarter of coworking spaces are part of the Coworking Visa system, so you would expect it was a more known and used service.
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