Although coworking spaces are typically geared to Millennials and the rest of the younger workforce, collaborative offices catering to seniors are starting to gain traction.
Coworking provides benefits for professionals of all ages, as they have been proven to boost productivity, morale, and flexibility. In fact, research has shown that almost one-quarter of self-employed Americans are 60 or older, so it is clear that coworking spaces should start evolving to meet the needs of older coworking members.
The Global Coworking Survey highlights the differences between the needs of younger and older coworkers, including the roles they serve in. For example, 42% of young professionals work in the tech field, while older coworkers were found to serve as consultants, PR professionals, designers, or journalists.
The survey also found that both younger and older coworking members benefit greatly from the networking opportunities in these spaces.
A few niche coworking spaces designed specifically for the older generation have opened up, such as the Senior Planet Exploration Center in New York City. The space serves people 60 and over and offers classes to help them adapt to today’s digitized workforce.