If you’re sitting there wondering if coworking suits your personality or working style, then let us debunk some myths for you. Here, we’ve proven how shared workplaces are a perfect fit for introverts (and overcome some other coworking misbelieves along the way).
Everybody already knows that the idea of coworking and the uber-social extroverts go together like peas in a pod.
That just leaves the question about the preference of ambiverts. Do shared workplaces fit the bill for those who are neither introverts nor extroverts. The short answer is yes and here are the reasons why.
But first, let’s get to know the personality types.
The expressions, extraversion, and introversion were popularised by Carl Jung in the purview of modern psychology. The psychoanalyst believed that every person is a mixture of both sides, with one generally more dominant than the other. In simpler words, personalities exist on a spectrum rather than extremes.
- If you have a more extroverted personality, then you thrive in a social setting. You enjoy the company of others over being alone. You have an infectious zeal that helps you network with others.
- If you have a more introverted personality, then you thrive in comfort zones. You would rather sit in a tranquil place and ruminate over thoughts than step into social chaos. Your behaviour is solitary and more reserved, which makes networking a cumbersome task.
Where do ambiverts fit in?
People who are neither very outgoing nor very reserved fall in the middle of the introversion-extraversion spectrum and are referred to as ambiverts. An ambivert personality would love to sit alone one day and would jump into every social interaction the next.
In short, ambiverts are the neutral zone between the two poles. They enjoy networking opportunities (like the events coworking spaces host), but they don’t prefer them as much as extroverts do. They take pleasure in quiet and noise-free zones, just like introverts, but only sporadically.
So, which personality dominates the workforce?
The surprising answer is ambiversive people, i.e., the individuals who identify themselves as ambiverts. A global coworking study conducted by Deskmag shows that in a coworking space:
- 20% of members are introverts.
- 30% of people are extroverts.
- A whopping 50% of the individuals are ambiverts.
What does it prove? This proves that shared places are not just for introverts or extroverts. Coworking is one working style that suits everyone. Why? Because inside of them, shared workplaces have a spectrum of micro-working environments. There are community areas that inherently appeal to extroverts. Additionally, there are quiet, private cabins that suit introverts. And then there are meeting rooms and event spaces that fit the soul of ambiverts.
What Makes Ambiverts Choose Coworking?
It suits their mood.
Ambiverts have mood swings and a tad too much. On some days, they will spend all their work hours in isolation, preferring the privacy it brings. On the other days, they will like to be a part of a team, desiring the networking possibilities it brings.
A coworking space is a big, open work area that offers a solution to both kinds of moods.
- On those days when ambiversive people want to focus on their work undisturbed, they have the flexibility to rent a hot desk in the quietest corner of the shared workplace.
- During the week when they want to be in the middle of the hubbub, ambiverts can opt to work out of the breakout area, furnished with cosy seating and ample space for everyone to stretch out.
- For the days when they want a quick brainstorm session and, then, get back to some lone-time, the meeting room is the ideal answer.
Coworking fits neatly into every mood of an ambivert, for the fact that they are flexible.
It boosts their productivity.
Any workplace that keeps the spotlight on any one type of personality lowers the productivity of the other two. Coworking provides a space that complements all personality types. Consequently, it works as per the individual requirements of the clients.
It is the shared workplace that accommodates itself to the needs of the individual and not vice versa. This helps professionals work better and be more productive.
Plus, coworking gives ambiverts everything they need to enhance efficiency from more contacts to knowledge sharing to quick help. These are some of the reasons why shared working spaces enjoy the highest ratings from ambiverts (52% of them give coworking 9-10 stars).
FYI, it is ambiverts who remain the most loyal to coworking and turn into long-term members.
It brings out the best in them.
Ambiverts place equal value on collaborating and working alone, for they are a blend of the two personality traits, i.e., introversion and extroversion. Coworking gives them the freedom to be both. Besides, it supports them well in other areas. For instance, the Deskmag survey showed that coworking helped ambiverts:
- Focus better
- Boost their self-confidence
- Amplify their work standards
It is not merely the business arena that changes for ambiverts after joining a coworking space, but their social qualities improve, too.
Coworking Really Does ‘Work’ for Ambiverts (& Introverts & Extroverts)
What personality type do you identify with? Does it affect your work productivity? Is your workplace equipped well to suit your personality? These are a few vital questions a millennial worker is asking nowadays because the design of a workplace does impact an individual’s output.
Coworking places are tailor-made to support every workstyle. It doesn’t matter if you lean towards extroversion, introversion, or ambiversion. Shared workplaces give their members (and guests) a work environment that is cut out for their needs.
Don’t take our word for it. Give WorkWise a try. Ours is a unique coworking space in Mumbai that maintains a minimal level of ambient volume even though we span massive square footage. This quality plays well for an introvert’s style. The high number of desks, a plethora of eateries nearby, and a pantry that has tea and coffee available on-demand accommodate the socialising need of extroverts.
For the ambiverts, WorkWise really gives the best of both worlds. Private office when the mood to hunker down strikes and a lounge with comfy couches when it is the time to get out and about!