In recent years, there is an increase in offices creating co-working spaces to improve the working experience of its workers. Many have seen how better it is to work in these types of offices, especially as work habits are now shifting to adapt to the times. However, there are people who say traditional offices are still better because not everyone can adapt to co-working.

To help you decide which one is better, here is a comparison between co-working space versus traditional office based on these factors:

Employee Relations

Traditional offices opens opportunities for workers to reach out to one another since they are with their team every single day.

They can also reach out to their team leaders and managers better since they can approach them easily.

However, it does reduce the opportunities for workers to reach out to other departments and go straight to their managers if there is an issue.

Meanwhile, co-working spaces do provide opportunities for people to start networking. Workers can move around and meet other teams even if they are in a different department.

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As far as speaking to their managers are concerned, these office spaces opens the doors for employees to speak out and let their managers know what they need.

Office Familiarity

For many employees, traditional offices offers a sense of comfort because they are familiar with their workspace and the people they work with.

As a result, they work better and settle into a routine that will allow them to become productive.

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Sadly, some employees may find the traditional office ambiance to be boring the longer they stay in the department. This will affect their productivity rate and cause them to lose any motivation to work.

It can take some time to get used to co-working spaces, especially because of its format.

Some employees may find it distracting to work with other departments since there’s no space to separate them. There’s also no sense of familiarity because the spaces can change at any time.

Atmosphere

In traditional offices, employees can organize your private cubicle or table in any way you want. No one will get mad at each other for their tables and co-workers won’t put things out of place.

Employees also do not have to worry about workspace changing without warning. Privacy is also a guarantee, which can help employees focus on their work.

Co-working spaces do offer opportunities for employees to become inspired through motivational quotes in the walls or the format of these spaces.

These offices are also designed to help them relax and motivate them to be productive by providing them with creature comforts not seen in traditional offices.

It also brightens up the office to help reduce stress in employees and give them a reason to look forward to working every day.

So Which is Better?

When you look at both flexible co-working spaces and traditional offices, they both have pros and cons. But, it is important to remember that not all businesses can use these offices to their greatest potential because of their business models.

Before you decide to use either one of these spaces, see if your business model works well with it and apply it.

So which one would you like to work in?

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28 replies on “Which is Better: Co-working Space versus Traditional Office?

  1. A couple of years ago I worked for a big company that renovated, creating three zones across the floor: in layman’s terms, busy and lots of talking, some talking, and take your damned mobile phone chat elsewhere. First zone was in the centre near the lifts and kitchen, with the other two zones nesting around it.
    I worked one day in the first zone and never again. After that I stayed out in the fringes of the quiet zone. It wasn’t that people were distracting me by talking to me, they were distracting me by talking to each other. It was constant! And for all the talk about meeting new faces from different parts of the firm, there really wasn’t much of that. Teams sat with teams. The funny thing was watching Team A collectively swap desks with Team B for a month and then move back to their original positions. There were other teams that didn’t move at all!
    At the start I disliked the idea of moving around to different desks, but after just a couple of months I was one of the most mobile people on my floor. I had my favourite desks with views over the river at one end and down into a garden at the other. It wasn’t too bad, but I doubt that the firm was more productive because of the new arrangements.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your experiences. It is an eye opener indeed. I’m someone who loves moving around. I don’t mind (in fact, prefer) if I can move my seat every year. However, if it is every few months, I’ll feel counterproductive because I’ll need to spend time to pack and unpack. Lol!

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  2. Hey, dear Kally! ^^

    During this quarantine I understood the importance of the office, and why it is important to work from an office, instead of staying at home. The atmosphere, the space and knowledge is different in an office.

    If you were to ask me, I would return today, but we are still under quarantine and working remotely. Hoping that the best is yet to come!

    Take care and stay healthy.

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    1. Thank you, Katherine for contributing your thoughts. Oh I miss working in a workplace other than home as well but I definitely do not miss the commute.

      Stay positive and happy.

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  3. Which space works better will probably depend greatly on the personalities of the people working there, but then again, the best teams often have a wide range of personalities. One thing I really like about the traditional office design is that I can find people quickly by going straight to their desk. If they aren’t there, I can leave a note without worrying someone else will think it’s for them.

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    1. That’s true indeed. But I wouldn’t leave a note for fear it will go missing. I probably will drop an email or text the person. People don’t go anywhere without their precious mobile! Even to the bathroom.

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  4. A very good question, Kally! For chatting, better waffling 😉 and slurping coffee, co-working is the best. For productive work i prefer a traditional office. Thank you for this very interesting posting, Kally! Stay well and save. Michael

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  5. Hi there Kally! Thank you for highlighting today’s workspace situations which are becoming more of a reality in our ever-changing business affairs. My choice would be to opt out of the traditional office arrangement. 🤔 What an interesting, thought-provoking share, Kally. Have a wonderful week ahead!💕☕️☕️

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