The Loneliness Epidemic
In the traditional sense, “working remotely" means missing out on the human interaction and social aspects that being in an office provides. According to Vivek Murthy, the former Surgeon General of the United States, increasing numbers of remote and independent workers is one of the key reasons for the growing “loneliness epidemic”. Murthy also points out that loneliness is much more than just a social problem. It’s also a health problem, “associated with a reduction in lifespan similar to that caused by smoking 15 cigarettes a day and even greater than that associated with obesity.”
The Future of the Workforce
The majority of research concludes millennials or Generation Y differ from both their generational cohort predecessors, and can be characterized by a preference for a flat corporate culture, an emphasis on work-life balance and social consciousness. Generation Y are the most highly educated and culturally diverse group of all generations, and have been regarded as hard to please when it comes to employers. By 2025, Generation Y will constitute 75% of the workforce and only 7% of Generation Y is willing to work for a Fortune 500 company.
Fitter, Happier, More Productive
What Atmosphere allows for is true freedom and mobility. The culture is conducive to the truly organic collaboration and conversations that are struck up. These are the experiences that cannot happen in isolation.
87% of respondents report that they meet other members for social reasons, with 54% saying they socialize with other members after work and/or on weekends
79% said coworking has expanded their social networks
83% report that they are less lonely since joining a coworking space
89% report that they are happier since joining a coworking space.