The Huffington Post is my go to source for business ideas, stats and more. I love their wellness philosophy from Arianna Huffington after she experienced work exhaustion and it is in part why I believe it is so important to support entrepreneurs in having a balanced life. My father suffered a breakdown from entrepreneurial stress and it is one of the reasons why I decided we must focus on the overall wellbeing of the women in business. The coworking movement we have started in Canada for women entrepreneurs focuses on promoting how we can collectively help each other.
Here is a great story from Huffington Post on why coworking is so important:
“Coworking spaces are great for productivity and work-life balance. They help entrepreneurs feel more confident, tap into huge networks and innovate with other like-minded people.
The people at Wix and Officevibe put together an infographic for a webinar that they’re hosting with a couple of coworking spaces. They’ll be discussing “The State Of Coworking in 2015,” and where it’ll head in a couple of years.
Here’s the infographic provided by the folks at Wix and Officevibe pertaining to coworking and different facts about it.
This infographic was crafted with love by Officevibe,the employee pulse survey platform designed to improve company culture and employee happiness.
Growing Number Of Freelancers
40% of the workforce will be freelances, temps, independent contractors, and solopreneurs by 2020
This is a number that we can’t ignore. More people are choosing a more flexible lifestyle, and we have to be aware of this.
Coworking spaces will become even more popular, and companies with remote employees can take advantage of this. If you have an employee that wants to work from home, setting them up in a coworking space can be a better arrangement.
Coworking Makes You Feel Healthier
70% reported they felt healthier than they did working in a traditional office setting
Maybe this has something to do with all of the stress that comes from a traditional office setting, or maybe it’s because coworking spaces have more initiatives to promote wellness, but according to a survey, people reported feeling healthier when working in a coworking space.
When you’re healthy, you’re naturally going to be more productive, so it’s a win-win.
Coworkers Complete Tasks Better
64% of coworkers are better able to complete tasks on time
This is an amazing statistic, and speaks volumes about the power of coworking spaces.
If people are more productive when they’re in coworking spaces, then companies should take advantage of this. Any temp or freelancer that a company hires should set them up in a coworking space instead of letting them work from a coffee shop.
Coworkers Can Focus Better
68% said they were able to focus better while coworking
My theory on this one is because of the energy that a coworking space has.
Everyone is there to work, and is there for a serious purpose, whereas in a coffee shop there can be many more distractions.
Another great reason to use a coworking space is simply for the vibe in the room. It’s like workijng out at home or going to a gym, you’ll always push yourself harder at the gym because of the other people around.
People Are Satisfied With Their Coworking Space
92% are satisfied with their coworking space
This is a great statistic, and anyone that runs a coworking space should be proud of themselves.
The people who run coworking spaces do a great job of creating that sense of community within everyone that works there.
There are also usually lots of networking events and community-building initiatives, which makes it that much more satisfying
Coworking Leads To Better Interactions
91% have better interactions with others after working
In coworking spaces, people, who might have never met each other otherwise, are constantly interacting with one another.
This leads to feeling happier and makes it easier to connect and start conversations with other people outside of the coworking space.
Coworking Makes You More Relaxed
60% are more relaxed at home since coworking
This is probably my favorite statistic on the infographic.
Work-life balance is an important topic for us here at Officevibe, and something we talk a lot about.
The amount of stress that the typical worker brings home does so much damage to their children/spouse. Anything to help achieve a better work-life balance is important, and coworking spaces give the flexibility and freedom that entrepreneurs need.
Lots Of Coworkers Are Younger
78% of coworkers are under 40
Mostly younger workers are in coworking spaces, but that doesn’t mean it’s only meant for younger workers.
Everyone, no matter how old you are, wants to be more productive, be healthier, and have a better work-life balance.
Coworking Makes You More Confident
90% said they felt more confident when coworking
This is probably again some placebo effect from the atmosphere in coworking spaces, but everyone that’s there is there to work hard, so it gives you a sense of drive that lets you work harder.
Plus, with the access to resources and events, you get a sense that there is a support network, which gives you more confidence.
You Make More Money Coworking
50% report higher incomes
This is an interesting one, and my theory on this is that an entrepreneur or freelancer, that uses a coworking space instead of something like a coffee shop, will end up working harder, and is just taking the process more seriously.
Something for all independent workers to keep in mind.
Freelancers Like To Work On Their Own Schedule
Only 30% prefer to work during normal business hours
This goes beyond just coworking; people need to autonomy and flexibility to work whenever they want to, whenever they feel the most productive.
Coworking spaces need to meet that demand, and stay open longer than normal business hours.
More Info About The State Of Coworking
Officevibe, Wix, Grind, and the Centre for Social Innovation about the current state of coworking. Sign up here to attend!”
Join our Weekly Coworking Toronto Event This Tuesday at 10 am -12 pm (every Tuesday)
This week’s Mentor: Colleen Elliott,
Strategic Interventionist & Life Coach See Bio
Join a group of working women for weekly coworking meetups that combine work and wellness, with a mentor in the house every week!
When: 10:00-12:00 pm
• Come for an opening circle at 10:00 am to get your day started right!
• Our room rental ends at 12 but there is public wifi in the building and a great Coffee Pub on site with breakfast & lunch options and amazing beverage choices so you can stick around and work as long as you want.
Weekly Pay as you Go:
• Members: $8.00 for Women in Biz Members
• Non Members : $12.00
Monthly Pay As you Go (4 visits per month)
• Members: $30.00
• Non Members: 36.00
To cover the room rental costs for us to move and have a private space we are charging to break even. This also helps us to be accountable to the group attendance (ie: no shows). Includes a private, quiet inspiring coworking space with natural light and beautiful view, a 20 minute movement class or wellness experience and coffee and tea (we have a private kitchen).
Where: Artscape Youngplace | 180 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5 – Studio 106
On Site Mentor:
Wellness: A short (15-20 minute) break to engage in holistic self-care such as dance, yoga, guided meditation, or a walk in the park. Emily Rose Antflick will be onsite weekly to lead wellness activities, and we encourage other women to provide our weekly wellness session as well.
Stay as long as you want to work on your own projects in a supportive environment.Mentor in the House! Each week we will have a skills development mentor available on site for informal discussions and advice.
What to bring:
• Laptop & work materials
• Clothes you can move in
So many of us struggle with isolation, depression and lack of motivation when we work alone. It helps to get our of our heads and connect with other entrepreneurs for support and inspiration! We know that women – and their businesses – thrive when they are consciously connected with their bodies, minds, emotions, and with an authentic and supportive community. Coworking promotes collaboration and creative engagement among independent workers. To learn more about the global coworking movement visit the Coworking Wiki.
Join us to create a new coworking space and community hub for women in Toronto!
We are bringing together the ecosystem of working women in Toronto, with a mission to build a purpose-designed coworking space where working women thrive. Be a part of vital new community, investing not only in your own business but in the future of women’s work in Toronto. This is your opportunity be a part of a the conversation and help us shape the space to suit your needs and values.
You should join if:
• You are a woman who wants a workplace where you can show up in an emotionally authentic way and take risks without feeling fear or shame
• You value holistic self care and recognize that your business will thrive only if you take care of your physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing
• You want a purpose-designed home to engage with members
• You want time to connect with a mentor informally to ask questions and get advice
• You believe that growth can arise from serendipitous connections
• You are passionate about lifelong learning and personal development
• You love to collaborate and share your success – and vulnerability – with like-minded others
• You want to prove to the mainstream business world that the full expression of the feminine is a viable and sustainable way to work