Traditional offices typically have a set of boundaries, either written or unstated rules of conduct that enable coworkers to exist peacefully together. While shared workspaces may operate on a slightly different plane, there are still some common rules of courtesy that keep the work atmosphere congenial and comfortable for all the professionals using the space.
Here, then, are some common dos and don’ts to keep in mind when you leverage private workspaces for your business.
DO: Use common areas for networking.
One of the significant advantages of using coworking spaces is the great networking opportunities that such spaces provide. Use reception areas, shared communal areas like the kitchen and copy rooms, and even the elevators or stairways to meet and get to know others in the building. Casual conversations in relaxed settings often lead to productive partnerships and unexpected benefits for all involved.
DON’T: Invade private spaces to network without invitation.
While networking is great, be careful to maintain proper boundaries. If the professional in an adjacent private workspace or suite closes his or her door or is obviously working intently, respect personal space and allow others to work without distraction.
DO: Take advantage of all the amenities provided.
To get the most from your stay in a private workspace environment, be sure to use the provided amenities. For instance, take full advantage of onsite fitness facilities, free parking, and other perks. Ditch the walk to the nearest Starbucks in favor of a cup of coffee in the kitchen area. You’ll save time and money.
DON’T: Inconvenience others by improper use of the amenities.
In common areas, use good common sense to avoid inconveniencing others. For instance, keep smelly foods out of the kitchen area. When using onsite fitness facilities, keep in mind the need to wipe down the equipment so that others can also have a clean place to work out.
DO: Book conference rooms for special meetings.
Trying to land that big account or increase a current client’s contract? Need to train a larger group of employees regarding a new product or service you are offering? Use booked conference rooms equipped with everything you need to accommodate larger meetings.
DON’T: Linger in conference rooms past your booked appointment time.
Coworking Resources states regarding sticking to the schedule: “By prolonging your client meeting or taking too long to wrap up a call, you're probably causing a delay for everyone else who needs to use that rented space…That’s why time management is crucial when booking a meeting room in a shared workspace.”
DO: Keep your noise levels in check.
While you might be extremely pumped about winning over a big client or you might have a somewhat naturally boisterous team of workers in your private workspace, it pays to be respectful of other workers in the building. Keep unnecessary noise to a minimum.
DON’T: Take business calls in common areas.
If you know that a business call is scheduled for a certain time, be sure to be in your private workspace to take the call. Try your best to avoid causing noisy distractions in common areas like kitchens, hallways, elevators, and fitness facilities. Your neighbors will thank you.
One More Definite "DO"
In addition to all these etiquette tips, there is one more thing that you should definitely do. Schedule a tour of a Premier Workspace today and meet other professionals who are enjoying all the benefits of our well-appointed private workspaces.
Premier Workspaces offers high-end private office and coworking spaces in prestigious locations throughout the United States. Contact us today.