Debunking a Common Coworking Myth – Coworking spaces are noisy and distracting
One common coworking myth we hear often is that they’re noisy and distracting. In fact for many, they’re a reprieve from the distractions entrepreneurs and remote workers face when they work from home or in a coffee shop.
At home, you contend with the trappings of your personal life – chores to be done, dogs to be walked, phones to be answered, etc. Coffee shops are great for a change of scenery, but they can quickly become distracting with people coming and going and loud music playing. Coworking spaces offer an oasis for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and executives who want a professional space to get their work done.
The coworking myth that spaces are noisy and distracting is one of the most common misconceptions amongst skeptics. Here are some reasons why this isn’t the case.
They are spaces designed for work
Imagine going to an energetic environment every day where you are surrounded by other highly motivated people who are there to get work done. It’s the ideal office environment, and that’s what coworking spaces are like. They’re designed as places for entrepreneurs to get their businesses off the ground or take them to the next level.
The people you encounter in coworking spaces are using the space for the same reasons as you, and are going to be respectful of the office norms.
In an open office environment, you’ll probably hear people typing away on their keyboards, footsteps going down the hall as someone leaves for a coffee break, or a conversation in the communal areas, but these are the sounds of a typical office environment and the kind of background noise that many people like and find motivating.
It creates a professional community
For some entrepreneurs, one of the most appealing aspects of a coworking space is the social scene. It’s a perk, rather than a drawback, because you have the opportunity to work alongside talented professionals and have people to bounce ideas off of when you need inspiration. You also get to meet people with different areas of expertise who can help you refine your ideas or give you suggestions if you get stuck.
The collaborative nature is a respite for many freelancers and entrepreneurs, who get restless working in isolation at home. Many people who work from home want the company of other professionals. Coworking spaces are seen as a place to share ideas and collaborate with other hard-working, creative people. You can network, establish connections, and also make friends.
You can talk as much or as little as you like
If the social scene is purely a drawback, that’s no problem. There’s no rule that says it has to be a social space. You can talk as much or as little as you like. Those who prefer to work in isolation can request a private office or choose an area that’s away from where the socializing takes place.
And when all else fails, people in coworking spaces can use the universal signal for privacy – headphones. Put in your earbuds or a pair of headphones to signal to your office mates that you aren’t available for conversation. It’s a simple solution that will guarantee you the peace and quiet you need while you put your nose to the grindstone.
According to the Harvard Business Review, coworking spaces and shared offices are on the rise as people realize that perceived drawbacks are mere myths. In fact, a study found that people who work in coworking spaces are thriving. Why? They feel like their work is more meaningful, they have more control over their jobs, and they belong to a community. The idea that coworking spaces are noisy and distracting is largely a misunderstanding. The social aspects of shared spaces is actually a huge positive for the people who use them.