Why It’s so Hard to Actually Work in Shared Offices

“Jarred was trying to sell me on more than just aesthetics— he was offering a utopian vision of community. My future co-workers, he said, would be fascinating. They were startup founders and young creative types. A tequila company had rented office space and wanted to host tequila Tuesdays. He opened the WeWork app on his phone, and I watched as a cascade of posts from my soon-to-be colleagues and collaborators flew past. ‘I’ve heard from people who have tried other co-working spaces and…the other ones aren’t bad,’ Jarred said with an exaggerated pause. WeWork was just that much better. ‘We know your name, we remember your birthday, we remember your dog’s birthday,’ he continued. I don’t have a dog, but I appreciated the sentiment. I signed up on the spot.”

Nicholas Hune-Brown – The Walrus – February 2018


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