Taking care of your coworking space
When working in a shared office space, you can create a friendly environment by being conscientious of the other workers.
If you follow some basic workplace etiquette rules, you are well on your way to commiting in a friendly, efficient and courteous shared space.
Keep a pleasant and quiet phone voice.
One of the most important shared workspace etiquette rule is keeping the place quiet. If someone on the other end has a hard time hearing, try to work out a different time to call or go to another part of the building if possible. Talking in a normal voice prevents conflicts and ensures that other workers can hear their partners on their phones.
Bring your own supplies.
If someone loans you supplies, try to return or replace them as a courtesy.
Be friendly and courteous.
Make an effort to keep a pleasant tone, greet coworkers and listen patiently. This boosts morale and fosters good working relationships.
Be aware of scents.
If you like a certain perfume, lotion or air freshener, make sure that it is subtle. Since some people may be sensitive to smells, it is optimal to skip the perfume. Also, you can ask coworkers who share the space if they mind the scent if you really want to wear it.
Be an independent role model.
In some cases, collaboration can be beneficial. However, it is better to be self-sufficient. This also sets an example to other workers to do the same, which means more efficiency for everyone.
Try to make connections.
One of the biggest benefits of shared working spaces is the networking opportunities. Reach out to other coworkers, and get to know them and what they do. These connections can be valuable and can help earn you some word-of-mouth advertising.