There are a few misconceptions when it comes to co-working. Considering the relatively new nature of co-working as an office format, it is understandable why certain myths have popped up surrounding the nature of co-working. We will try to address some of these myths, and show why co-working really is the future of office work.
Only young workers use co-working spaces
Due to the recent boom in co-working, there are many people who consider it as a trend for “youth workers” or “millennials”. Because of this, many workers in their 50’s or 60’s might feel unwilling to try co-working because of the supposed age gap. The reality however, is that co-working is not meant for one specific age group. A co-working space is a community of people all working towards a common goal, regardless of age, gender, ethnic background or sexual orientation. Everyone is here to work together.
Only people involved in technology or entrepreneurs benefit from co-working
While co-working does have benefits for people involved in these fields, it is not to say that only they can benefit from co-working. Freelancers and contract workers can gain some of the benefits co-working offers such as a sense of community, and people to speak with to gain new ideas for their work. Anyone with a desire to further their career can benefit from visiting and paying some time within a co-working place.
Because of so many people, co-working spaces might be too noisy.
While this can be a fair critique of co-working spaces, many offer options to alter your environment to better suit your preferences. Some enforce a quiet and courteous culture. Some have designated quiet areas. Some will allow you to rent a room for yourself to just focus. You are also not obligated to keep coming into a co-working space all the time. You can gauge the environment and reach out to one of the managers, and they will be able to help you find a solution to work in peace.
This isn’t true at all. Due to the boom of co-working, many areas are opening up all over. From small communities to rural areas, there is usually always a co-working option available close to you.
This should clarify some of the myths that have popped up regarding co-working. If you are interested in getting involved, learn more by exploring our website.