No one could possibly have predicted the changes that we would experience in the way that we work over the past 10 months.
In April 2020 almost half of the working population in the UK (46.6%) worked from home. The ONS reports that 86% of these people were working from home home solely as a result of the pandemic.
While some of these workers have already or will go back their office, CEOs from some of the most well known companies on the globe have stated that they don’t believe they will ever have all their employees back in the office.
Remote working is therefore here to stay for sometime at least. So what does this trend mean for coworking?
Coworking gives remote workers choice
In a recent report by ManpowerGroup, most of the workers surveyed said they would prefer working two to three days in an office, and working remotely the rest of the time.
Many employers will be unable to invite all their staff back and still adhere to social distancing regulations. Therefore coworking spaces could provide their employees with that much needed office environment away from home.
Coworking can improve productivity
Mercer surveyed 800 employers and 94% said that productivity was unaffected—or even improved—compared to its pre-pandemic levels.
These findings are likely to convince even those employers who were highly opposed to it in the past that remote working is working!
Time spent in a coworking space can increase these all important productivity levels further again. A study by GUCU showed that 84% of those who had joined a coworking community felt more motivated when they worked from a coworking space than at home.
People still crave the human connection
According to a study by Qualtrics, 75% of people reported experiencing feelings of isolation since working from home. In addition, their sense of loneliness was greater if they had been working from home for a longer period of time.
Coworking spaces have been found to bridge that gap. One study by HBR found that 83% of people who joined a coworking community reported that they were less lonely than before they joined.
Coworking can be better for your wellbeing
Exclusively working from home can be draining. It can feel exhausting if you are constantly in the one environment. Removing yourself from a home office provides a healthy sense of routine and a better boundary between home and work.
So, with the trend in remote working likely to remain high, we think that the future looks bright for coworking and we are excited to see what 2021 brings.
If you would like to arrange a tour of The Hive to see if coworking could work for you, then please contact us.