The battle between co-working and working virtually: which ends up at the top?

Team brainstormCo-working and working virtually duke it out for the top spot when it comes to the best method for working in the professional field.

While a majority of work is done virtually now-a-days, co-working is shown to be just as successful, if not more. Working virtually is both convenient and successful due to the high amount of travel taking place, as well as the need for communication between regional offices. Yet, The Daily Muse recently did a study and uncovered the benefits of co-working in person, specifically in a small company.

For starters: brainstorming. It is much easier to physically sit down at a table together to dish out ideas and play off others’ suggestions. Pulling in outsiders who do not directly deal with a particular project can also be refreshing and beneficial to providing organic insight.

This can go hand in hand with bonding. While it’s necessary to maintain professional relationships with your co-workers, it is just as important to create social, more personal relationships. The better you know your co-workers, the better you can work together. Not to mention, it makes work fun and who doesn’t like that? This can be as simple as grabbing lunch or meeting for happy hour after a long day of work.

Happy hourBut wait, there’s more. Another perk of co-working – you cut down on email at a great level. You might not realize the outrageous amount of email traffic that clutters your inbox and may not even be necessary at times. Popping your head over the desk or taking a quick stroll to pass along a message or answer a question can almost always guarantee a quicker response. Additionally, it is often more beneficial to talk with someone in person when it comes to giving direction; email explanations can get quite confusing.

Last, but certainly not least – amenities. With small companies come tight budgets. However, most employees are a-okay with compromising a smaller desk for a fully-stocked kitchen, conference rooms and other places to take a breather. This goes back to each of the above reasons why co-working is beneficial. Smaller work spaces bring people together, allow for easier communication and providing perfect set-ups for those much-needed brainstorms.

So there you have it. You can take this with a grain of salt, agree or disagree, but I thought I’d share a few reasons why co-working in person can come in handy…for the better, of course!