Many Americans Are Still Skeptical of Co-Working Spaces

By Melody Hahm | Yahoo Finance |

While individuals living in metropolitan areas might come across co-working spaces frequently, the reality is still that most Americans view shared workspaces with skepticism.

Eighty two percent of Americans have never worked in a co-working space, according to a new joint survey from Emerge212, which operates three high-end co-working spaces, and The Harris Poll.

The survey of 2,000 people found that many Americans view the co-working industry in a negative light. Forty-three percent of respondents described the spaces as lacking privacy, 38% perceive them to be noisy and 31% say they feel crowded.

“What many people don’t realize is that while flexible or co-working spaces have been around for a while, the segment has only recently evolved and broadened significantly,” said Emerge212 Director James Kleeman.

“The majority of Americans still view co-working as this open-concept, loud, and distracting environment, when in reality it’s a vast and varied category. We’re not just catering to tech start-ups and freelancers anymore. There are co-working spaces out there for every type of company big or small, regardless of industry and price point, with dedicated amenities and features to fit your business’s specific needs,” he added.

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