Whether you’re a part of an established organization with a large staff or you’re a one-person shop just getting your programs off the ground, shared workspaces are a fantastic option for nonprofit professionals looking to collaborate with like-minded peers and increase organizational capacity.
In addition to establishing a culture where it’s a norm to help each other, coworking offers individuals and organizations the flexibility to work independently, hop in a conference room for a team meeting, or organically collaborate around a communal table. Efficiency increases and creativity flourishes when team members have the autonomy to personalize their work environments!
Need more convincing? Check out these 10 statistics about the benefits of a shared workplace:
1. Coworking is good for employee satisfaction. 72% of members of coworking spaces are happy with their current work situation.
2. Happy teams are productive teams! 64% of coworkers are better able to complete tasks on time.
3. Meeting potential donors, volunteers, and program partners in coffee shops doesn’t always lend itself to making the best first impression. 83% of non-profit organizations using a shared workspace report improvements in organizational credibility.
4. Whether it’s the flexibility in working arrangements or the social interactions that shared spaces help facilitate, 70% of people report feeling healthier than they did working in a traditional office setting.
5. The coworking trend is growing! The projected number of members in coworking spaces worldwide for 2018 is 1,690,000 million.
6. This is a gimme, but it’s important to note nonetheless: a shared workspace encourages individuals to see themselves as part of a larger community and helps facilitate organic introductions and professional relationships.
7. The people matter just as much—if not more—as the space. 75% of people choose coworking spaces that have a positive and welcoming community where they can interact with others.
8. Coworking gives non-profits super powers: 83% of non-profit organizations report that coworking has increased their ability to achieve goals.
9. Shared workspaces are good for non-profits’ bottom lines. 75% report more stable costs after moving to a shared workspace.
10. Coworking has benefits beyond the office—60% of those surveyed said they are more relaxed at home since they started coworking.
All said, shared workspaces have a variety of benefits for people in all industries. One of the most salient points throughout the many (many) pieces of research out there is this: community matters. From non-profits to creatives, individuals want to feel as though they’re part of something larger and shared workspaces are a great start.
Check out the featured links throughout this post to learn more about the benefits of shared workplaces or visit the Literacenter to learn more about how we’re bringing literacy professionals from around Chicago together to cowork, learn, and grow.