The study by the University of California, Irvine, which was published in the Journal of Business and Technical Communication in 2017, aimed to investigate the impact of coworking spaces on the creativity and social connectedness of its members. The study surveyed a sample of 120 individuals who were working in coworking spaces in Orange County, California.
The findings of the study showed that individuals who worked in coworking spaces reported significantly higher levels of creativity compared to those working in traditional offices. The study attributed this to the increased social interaction and collaboration that occurs in coworking spaces.
Additionally, the study found that individuals working in coworking spaces reported feeling less lonely and more socially connected than those working in traditional offices. This was attributed to the sense of community and belonging that coworking spaces provide and the opportunities for informal interactions and networking with other members.
Overall, the study suggests that coworking spaces can positively impact the creativity and social connectedness of its members, which in turn can lead to improved work performance and job satisfaction.