Coworking means you share a common space with businesses that are different from your own, which offers plenty of opportunities for collaborative thinking and innovation. A coworking space is a great place to build your business network, make interesting friends, and be a part of an awesome community. One of the best ways to help build community is to be an awesome coworker. Here are 5 tips on how to do so.
1. Clean up
Leaving dirty dishes in the common area or having a messy desk can impact the entire office. Some people find it very hard to work in cluttered, messy environments. If you work in a common area, consider how your workspace hygiene affects your fellow coworkers.
2. Be considerate of noise
Rules of a coworking space tend to be a little lax when compared to a traditional office, but that just leaves more responsibility for everyone to be considerate of the people around them. Take your business calls to a conference room if possible, and invest in a good pair of earbuds or headphones if you prefer to listen to music while you work.
3. Be a resource
Whether you can offer quick tips and input to help your fellow coworkers get through the workday more easily, or if you always have an extra k-cup on hand, be a resource in the office and you’ll find that your favors will often be returned ten-fold.
4. Remember that everyone is there to work
Daily planking contests and youtube video viewings aside, the point of a coworking space is overall to get work done. Freelancers and others who often work from home may thrive at the idea of some actual human interaction, but be aware and recognize when your coworkers are trying to get stuff done. Earbuds and headphones are a universal “do not disturb” signal.
5. Go to the office parties
Office parties are a great way to kick back and get to know the people you share your coworking space with everyday on a more personal level. Trade the earbuds for a glass of wine and make some friends!
Follow these easy tips and you’ll be well on your way to becoming the hero of the coworking space. Have you ever come across a great coworker? What are some habits you try to keep at your coworking space?