What you need to Know about Coworking Etiquette
Coworking spaces are a great way of achieving your goals to have an office especially if you are starting your own business and have no enough resources to rent personal space or if you are in freelancing profession. Boredom due to lack of interaction with other people can make work boring and unproductive if you are not engaging with other people and hence co working provides that much needed opportunity keeping you productive and happy. Coworking is a new concept in the professional world that many people and organisations have welcomed warmly and therefore you might soon find yourself sharing office space with other professionals working as independently or remote workers working for different organisations. Having said that, it is only fair then if we delve into co-working tips and etiquette that can make you a great co-worker. Check out the following tips.
The first and foremost critical tip is about coworking developing consciousness about the shared values on noise levels. Even if you are joining a co-working environment for the very first time, it is important to understand that you are not exempted from noise rules just like in any other normal office or work premises. You can quickly learn about noise by reading instructions on the notice board and observing how other co-workers are using the space allocated to them and get an idea of what is expected of you. You may notice certain things such as loud music, loud phone calls on speaker, and loud discussions during your initial visit. That experience generally tells you of what is expected of you once you start coworking. On the contrary, if you find everyone seated and quiet concentrating on their work, do not go chatting up your co-workers and making noise while receiving calls and playing loud music. Noise levels also determine the choice of your communication channels while at work e.g. emails and Skype or other messaging applications to contact your clients and stakeholders if the co-working environment is quiet.
Independence is another essential tip you need to be aware of making sure that you are not always disturbing your co-workers with requests on how to use various equipment or where different facilities are located. Essentials such as the phone charger is a must have as well as being keen to learn where different facilities are located and access to utilities such as the Wi-Fi passwords.
Collaboration skills is a must have skill when it comes to co-working. While your aim may be not to disturb anyone, consider the fact that human beings are interactive and cannot exist without collaborating. During the breaks such as when taking lunch or grabbing coffee, it is always good to interact with others.