Coworking for Introverts & Extroverts: the obvious, the unexpected, and the ways in which we can all benefit from it.
In the latest years, the millennial generation has come up with a way to still use technology in our favor. Home offices are one of the first ways in which we integrated technology into our working spaces. Though we make them flexible, it is lonely, very lonely, and it’s also is quite easy to get unmotivated.
Coworking spaces let us belong to a community, while at the same time doing our own thing. For most people, coworking is great. You can hang out slurping on espresso, take a nap, play ping-pong with a partner, or simply bury yourself in work. Whichever way you decide to do it, people who have the freedom to work anywhere and decide to do it at a coworking space, are committed and want to get things done. Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, coworking can help you thrive.
How is coworking for each one of them?
Extroverts: what they like, what they hate, and what is ok
Extroverted people will definitely not like the transition into working alone and remotely. Maybe (probably) they were working in a large office, and decided to take a step up and begin to run their own businesses. Extroverted people are more likely to miss the company of their coworkers. Even if you still have company in office, these people are there to get their job done, additionally, you’re not on the same page with most of the people in there. When working in a coworking space, you all have various projects and various mindsets, or even the same project and same mindsets, you can always find those who compliment each other. You probably share interests and goals. Yes, you always have the annoying AF desk-mate, but it’s usually not the majority.
Anyway, extroverted people see the benefits of being in a coworking space. First of all, networking is unbelievable. You have such a wide variety of people in the office coming in and coming out. The busy energy is almost overwhelming and extroverted people feed on it.
So, for the extroverts out there, coworking provides your kind of environment, lots of different busy people, energy flows, networking, fun, and a sense of comradery between everyone .
Introverts: unexpected but logical ways in which they enjoy coworking
Now the introverts, you might think introverts would prefer things like a home office since they draw their energy from being alone, however, that is not always the case. I’m not an introvert, so I don’t understand why they’d want to work in an office full of so many people, all different and all wanting to talk to each other during their breaks, It just doesn’t sound that much like an introvert’s place. Anyway, it can be hard to relate to if you’re not in their shoes. Working from home has its pitfalls for everyone, not only extroverts.
The thing with introverts is, they really hold their homes in a very special place. It’s where they disconnect, relax, and get comfortable. So, it is very hard for a person that has their home as some kind of sanctuary to not lose motivation in working there.
While introverts probably don’t want to sit in the open and chat with everyone, a space they can just get into and get the job done is rather beneficial. Coworking spaces have sections that are decided to be secluded and quiet, so they don’t really have to worry that much about socializing. They just want to sit down, not talk to anyone, knock some tasks off their list, and finish everything they have to do so they can spend the night binge watching their favorite TV show and recharging their energy. Most importantly, they won’t be feeling like they just spent a week alone in their house not getting anything done.
Who is more likely to pick a coworking space?
Even though coworking sounds like a space for extroverts, because of how people end up interacting with each other. According to 2018 Global Coworking Survey, introverts are much more likely to pick a coworking space to work in. Apparently the main attraction, is the social atmosphere. Introverted people even considered, hear this, small talk to be something they expect from the other people working there. But above all, a coworking space can let you develop your creativity and skills when you’re an introverted person, because they enjoy the workdays and this lets them get the job done. People in general, feel less isolated when coworking especially compared to a home-office or even traditional offices.
The thing is, extroverted people need the interaction to “recharge energy”. Although this is rather convenient when it comes to making friends or going out, when working, it might not help that much. Extroverts are very likely to be distracted in these spaces, while introverts don’t really care.
Also, introverted people are shown to prefer small and relaxed places. Depending on the coworking space, it is definitely much more relaxed and tolerant than almost any office you can work in. In total, introverts come in contact with 1 in 12 people present during their working day. Usually, introverted people have a smaller chance of feeling like they belong to a community, however, in coworking spaces, a little over half the introverted people feel very strongly connected to their community.
So, in the end, it doesn’t really matter if you’re an introvert or an extrovert. Coworking has benefits as it has flaws and you can take advantage of them as much as you like. It doesn’t matter if you like spending time with people, or if you want to work alone and then hang out, or work alone and don’t hang out. In the end, what coworking gives us is non-loneliness, a way to work alone but still have the company of people who are doing the same.