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. Sharing working space with other professionals is great way to keep yourself engaged with other people and dispel boredom that would creep in if were working from home or in a lonely space elsewhere. Coworking, though a new concept, has gained much popularity in the recent years and hence do not be surprised to find yourself sharing office space with another organization or individuals one of these days. 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. You are expected to know noise etiquette from the first day you join a co-working environment and understand that it is upon you to know without being reminded. Learning from the other co-workers or reading the notice board instructions can give you a head start in understanding what is expected of you while you use your allocated space. For instance, on your first visit to the co-working place, you may realize that people are freely chatting, playing loud music, and receiving phone calls on speaker. Such nuances gives you a hint of the what is generally expected of you. On the other hand, if the environment is generally quiet and calm, avoid noisy behavior such as receiving calls in the office or playing music on your PC speakers. Your communication channels needs to match the noise level in the co working space i.e. if the environment is too noisy for phone calls, you may consider using text messages and emails to communicate with your clients and stakeholders.
The other most critical etiquette to consider in a co-working is to ensure that you are self-sufficient, and can function perfectly with minimal or no help at all. 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.
Collaborating with others is another important tip you need to add to your toolkit. 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.