The perception of the “traditional office” has been particularly disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The massive transition to teleworking in 2020 has contributed greatly to this disruption. As a semblance of normality begins to return, professionals are reconsidering the notion of office space. Not only is the working environment changing, but remote working is gaining in popularity and coworking spaces are becoming increasingly popular. Considering the options offered by coworking and those offered by working alone, which is better for you?
There is obviously a difference between working alone and coworking. Coworking spaces attract many people because of their “freedom” concept. However, if you are one of those people who like predictability, working alone or in a traditional office will suit you just fine. When you are used to having a clear and specific roadmap, to following a routine during the day, working alone is quite appropriate. It allows you to be in a structured space, where the interpersonal relationship is more direct and access to amenities is easier.
Here’s why working alone appeals to some people as opposed to coworking spaces:
Those who prefer a set schedule and anticipation will find value in working alone. Those who are able to break out of pre-set productivity frameworks will find a lot of pleasure in working in a coworking space.
Coworking is a particularly innovative concept, a new way of defining the workspace. It officially appeared in San Francisco in 2005 and was inspired by the cafés of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Mitteleuropa, where artists, scholars and men of letters enjoyed creative exchanges. This new way of working also goes hand in hand with the emergence of new and young entrepreneurs always looking for a certain synergy in the way they work. Today, it has become a perfect alternative for those who wish to break the monotony of offices and the isolation of working from home.
Working in a coworking space can also be summed up in a greater level of autonomy and your ability to adapt to this form of freedom. It is especially suitable for workers with good time management and organisation. Despite this freedom, you still have to set and keep schedules to remain productive. Working in a coworking environment also means that you get out of your usual routine and comfort zone.
So here are the reasons why this concept works for some people.
Working in a coworking environment also has its drawbacks:
Which is the better choice?
The differences between working on your own and coworking lie in the way you perceive the notion of “working”. A self-employed person who is good at digital communication and time management will find coworking an attractive environment. Those who like order, standards and structured environments will feel more confident in a home office or a traditional office. But if you are somewhere in between, take the opportunity to work fluidly and get the best out of both working concepts.