NOVEMBER 1, 2019, ATLANTA, GA – A majority of corporate real estate professionals polled at CoreNet Global Summits in North America, Europe, and Asia throughout 2018 and 2019 believe in coworking and expect it to be a growing trend, according to a report published by Cushman & Wakefield.

  • 63 percent are currently utilizing coworking in their portfolio
  • Nearly two-thirds of the companies surveyed have a positive or very positive view of coworking
  • 34 percent say that real estate costs decreased by more than 5 percent
  • The median company surveyed has 3 percent of its employee base currently utilizing coworking on a regular basis. This is expected to grow fivefold in the next five years.

“We’ve seen coworking grow dramatically over the last several years, and we expect that to continue,” said Tim Venable, Senior Vice President at CoreNet Global. “The sector will face issues including maximizing cost efficiency and maintaining a corporate culture across many locations. As that happens, coworking will continue to be a major force shaping corporate real estate.”

Across all global regions, the top two benefits are flexibility (i.e., the ability to quickly ramp portfolio up/down) and reduced real estate costs.

Digital security is the most commonly cited potential downside in each region but is much more salient in EMEA with 70% of respondents selecting this as a concern (vs. 54% of Americas and APAC respondents). Approximately half of all respondents indicate decreased company culture and cohesion and personal privacy are the main downsides of coworking.

“The results show that corporate leaders have a generally positive view of coworking and see flexible space as a growing part of their occupancy strategy,” said David C. Smith, Americas Head of Occupier Research at Cushman & Wakefield. “The percentage of employees with access to flex space is on the rise, and companies increasingly see this as part of a broader solution.”

CoreNet Global gathered corporate real estate (CRE) executive feedback on their organizations’ experience with and perceptions of the coworking sector. Responses were collected from attendees at the 2018-2019 CoreNet Global Summits in Boston, Madrid, and Hong Kong. Global and regional corporations headquartered around the world are represented by the 579 responses collected.

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About CoreNet Global

CoreNet Global is the world’s leading professional association for corporate real estate (CRE) and workplace executives, service providers, and economic developers. CoreNet Global’s more than 11,000 members, who include 70% of the top 100 U.S. companies and nearly half of the Global 2000, meet locally, globally and virtually to develop networks, share knowledge, learn and thrive professionally. For more information, please visit or follow @CorenetGlobal on Twitter.