Can introverts flourish in a coworking environment?

Can introverts flourish in a coworking environment?

When it comes to our workstyle, everyone is unique. But it seems that career advice and modern working structures are tailored around a more extroverted personality as opposed to those with introverted tendencies.

If you’re a freelancer or an entrepreneur who leans towards a more introverted work style, you’ll notice this even more intensely. Networking and self-promotion can be daunting, and the idea of working in a coffee shop or open plan office full of strangers might be your worst nightmare.

With the benefits of coworking often centered around communication, openness and collaboration, it can easily seem like another fantastic solution – for your extroverted colleagues. When you prefer to work alone in quiet surroundings, you probably jump at the chance to work from home.

So why would you venture out and try a new solution?

It may just be that pushing your boundaries slightly could lead you to find a solution that’s great for both your productivity and your happiness. Here are the top 3 reasons we think coworking actually offers the perfect solution for introverted personalities.

Make your own schedule

If you’re no longer based in a traditional office, you’ve likely already noticed the benefits of being able to plan your day as you wish. Coworking builds on this flexibility, offering you a space that you can use as much or as little as you like.

Maybe you want to use it for one day a week just to get out of the house, or use it more regularly but be able to pop out for a few hours halfway through the day to get some quiet time.

As an introverted worker, you may find yourself wanting to take short breaks throughout the day to recharge. For many introverts, this is hard to do around other people even if you’re in a quiet space.

It can be good to go for a short walk or even head out and sit in your car for 5 minutes when you feel drained. This can be difficult in a traditional office under the watchful eyes of colleagues but becomes much easier in a coworking environment.

 

Bite size networking

As much as you might dread networking, it is hard to avoid it when you need to generate new clients and promote your business.

Coworking offers you a way to break down this network into a more manageable format. If the idea of a whole evening spent awkwardly nibbling canapes and making small talk while trying to slip in your pitch leaves you cold, it’s time to find a new way to network.

In a coworking space you’ll be constantly in the presence of different businesses and entrepreneurs. A series of 5 minute chats by the coffee machine could turn into a new client, an introduction by the community manager could open up a business partnership.

With networking gently ingrained in your working day, you’ll barely even notice you’re doing it, and won’t feel so guilty about skipping the formal evening event now and then!

 

No interruptions

Although coworking spaces can be bustling, collaborative spaces, most of them still have a few quiet corners where you can tuck yourself away, throw on your noise cancelling headphones (if you so wish!) and get to work.

Unlike a traditional office you won’t have colleagues coming over to bother you every 5 minutes, and you’ll also avoid the many distractions that come with working from home.

If you’re worried about any other interruptions, have a quick word with the community manager when you get in. They’ll be able to show you the best place to sit, notify you of any planned disturbances like fire alarms and will know not to bother you for the rest of the day.

 

Do you think coworking could work well for you?

It’s important to remember that finding the right workspace is like finding the right job. Different offices, like different companies, will work better for different people, so why not visit a few and see if any of them feel like the right fit for you!

Book a tour at SO Fourteen now or call our community manager on 023 8112 5014.

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