‘All I need is quiet space and fast internet?’
While giving a tour last week to a quiet guy, he mentioned that he lives in the neighborhood but is interested in getting out of the house. He was familiar with the coworking concept and had checked out our website, so we began the tour. I started the tour in the communal side of Creative Density, where music is usually playing and conversations are taking place. He let me know that he wants to work in a quieter space, I said ‘No Worries” and we headed into the quieter room, the next stop of the tour.
He was an introvert and didn’t want a lot of activity but he wanted to be around people and get out of the house. I explained to him that we have a variety of awesome coworkers and that many are just like him. They have made Creative Density their happy community, even without talking to someone every 10 minutes.
It’s important to remember that coworking is a spectrum of spaces with different environments, cultures, and people. According to studies, it’s believed that introverts are around 40% of people. Unfortunately, the image of coworking spaces as wildly active places with constant conversation and ping-pong, can be intimidating & off-putting to these introverts. With about 50 members at Creative Density in Uptown, typically mental health update there are around 20 individuals happily coworking here each day.
Introverts may like their quiet time, but they still want to be a part of a community, attend events and meet awesome people.
How introverts cowork:
- Work in quiet rooms for moments of solitude.
- Many coworking spaces have a dedicated room or portioned off area without music and fewer conversations.
- Use Headphones.
- Headphones do two things 1) Let you listen to some pretty sweet jams 2) Signal to others not to bother you.
- You don’t have to do everything.
- Coworking is a community workspace with several events happening each week but it’s not essential to partake in every activity, participating in a few events per month can be rewarding.
- Move Around.While you work, move around the spaces in many different hot desking areas. Try out a different spot each week. It’s an easy way to meet new people, but still control your work environment.
- Coworking is an open community with introverts, extroverts, and dozens of people that swing between them. Try out different spaces, different rooms, and happy coworking.