If you’re new to coworking space, or even considering making the change, then you may be unfamiliar with the coworking culture. What you need to know is that it’s slightly different than the traditional office, and you can expect a more open and social atmosphere. With the many benefits of coworking space come some basic rules that you should be aware of.
Here are 6 etiquette rules we think will help anyone new to coworking spaces, or anyone wanting to make the leap!
1. Practice leave no trace in shared areas
One of the greatest parts of coworking space is that you have access to some amazing shared space. From the kitchen stocked with coffee and beverages, to various conference rooms, shared space is key to our members’ success! With that being said, it’s imperative to leave no trace after you utilize these spaces. Always throw away your trash, and always clean up after yourself. Other members will appreciate it!
2. Be friendly
Working in a coworking space is meant to be social, so it goes without being said that having a friendly demeanor is appreciated! Always say hello to your neighbors, and do your best to get to know them! You’ll make some great connections that will help you excel in your career!
3. Watch your telephone voice
If you work in a coworking space then you are probably aware that the floorplan is more open than most. In this case, it’s important to watch your telephone voice. You may not realize that you’re speaking loudly, so please make the effort to be considerate of the people around you. Loud phone conversations tend to be distracting to those around you making it difficult to focus.
4. Promote to your network
Coworking spaces, including Launch Workspaces, are always looking for new members! If you work at a coworking space it’s important to share and promote to your network; and why you enjoy working there. Word of mouth goes a long way, and if you’ve had a good experience, then you’ll want to share it with other professionals looking for a space to work!
5. Use your own supplies
This is a problem at coworking spaces that you may be surprised by– supply snatching. If you forgot your coffee mug, or don’t have a stapler, don’t simply go snatch your neighbors. Instead, use a disposable mug, or ask to borrow your neighbors stapler. Taking things without asking is rude, and will cause nothing but problems!
6. Step out of your comfort zone, and make connections
The purpose of a coworking space is to make connections and build your network. Always make a point to get to know other members, even if that means stepping out of your comfort zone. Here at Launch Workplaces we offer many events to help encourage socialization. Attend as many as you can and we promise you will make friends, and learn a thing or two in the process!
Do you have any etiquette rules you think are important for other members to be aware of? If so, please share with us in the comments section!