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A Life Without Cubicles: How to Transition Into a Coworking Space

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 10:30:00 AM by Ryan Ring

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Transitioning to a coworking space can be a major adjustment, especially if you’re accustomed to working in a traditional office. Here are some tips to help make the change as smooth as possible.

Learn Proper Coworking Space Etiquette

Firstly, it’s important to be familiar with the proper coworking etiquette. While every coworking space will have its own unique culture, there are some general rules you want to follow:

 

  • Don’t be too noisy. If others are working quietly, avoid taking a Skype call or working too loudly.
  • Don’t take up more space than you need to. When working in a common area, don’t spread your things all over the place. In other words, don’t hog working areas.  
  • Be friendly. Remember, you’re sharing a working space with other people, so be friendly and say hello.

 

Be Prepared for More Social Interaction

Coworking spaces allow for a collaborative and interactive environment. Be prepared for more social interaction. Introduce yourself to others and lend your expertise where appropriate.

 

Make Sure Your Space Is Clean

Because you’re sharing your work space with others, it becomes especially important to keep your area clean and to pick up after yourself. If you use the kitchen, make sure that you wash your dishes and throw away your trash. Don’t leave your personal belongings in places where they don’t belong. Be respectful of other people and always keep your space tidy.

 

Make Use the Common Areas

One of the big advantages of working in a coworking space is that you are not necessarily tethered to one spot. While you may have an assigned desk, you don’t have to work at it all the time. Switch things up by taking your laptop and working in the common areas. Making use of the common areas will also give you a chance to get to know your neighbors.

 

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