One of the more interesting findings from our recent survey of coworking members is how many reported they had learned new skills - or improved their existing skills - due to their coworking space membership:
- 69% of the respondents reported they learned new skills
- 68% of the respondents reported they improved their existing skill set
The learning generally comes two ways. First, most coworking members reported learning new skills and improving existing skills from events and educational programs hosted at their coworking space.
67% of the respondents reported attending events and/or educational programs often (21%) or occasionally (45%). Only 4% said they did not attend events or educational programs hosted by their space.
The other way learning happens in coworking spaces is interaction among members. Over three quarters of the respondents said they had learned something new through interactions with other members.
The ability to learn new skills is becoming increasingly important. With the pace of change increasing, today’s professionals must prepare themselves to work in multiple fields. This means continuously learning new skills and new ways to work.
We think the learning aspects of coworking are under appreciated, particularly since so many corporations are complaining about a skills shortage.
We also think it's one reason why 64% of coworking members - and 72% of coworking members who are independent workers - report being a coworking member has improved their professional success.