The Dos and Don’ts of Coworking Etiquette

Using The Coworking Space Correctly

Coworking is a great way for professionals and startups to share space that allows them to have cheaper overhead costs. Not only does it provide them with the necessary amenities for day-to-day workflow, but it also creates the opportunity to collaborate and get social interaction with other professionals. But if you choose to share a working space with others, the dos and don’ts are essential in navigating proper coworking etiquette.

Do Respect Boundaries

To begin with, just as is true in any office, you need to respect the boundaries of others, both physically and emotionally. Keep your items on your own desk or work space, don’t borrow things that are not communal, and don’t touch things that don’t belong to you. Unsure who that coffee mug belongs to? Ask for permission to use it, or make do without.  If you see someone deep into their work, perhaps wearing headphones, resist the urge to interrupt them.

Don’t Make Too Much Noise

Respect the noise level of the office and don’t exceed it. If you need to make a phone call, step away from others so you don’t interrupt their concentration. There will always be some level of existing background noise in the open spaces of coworking spaces, but be reasonable about the noise you create. That goes for watching short videos on your phone without headphones to scheduling your doctor’s appointment for all to hear.

Do Abide By Schedules and Calendars

A very important coworking etiquette point – if you book a conference room, you need to wrap things up within your allotted time. If your meeting runs long and there are people in line to use the space behind you, you are infringing on their business. Mind the schedule, and pay attention to the time to avoid stepping on anyone’s toes.

Don’t Leave Trash Behind

Workers can come and go throughout the day in a coworking space. You want your workstation to be neat and tidy when you come in and it should be that way for the next person as well. No one wants to deal with whatever you leave behind. No one should be picking up after you, so mind your trash. (That type of etiquette is not just reserved for coworking!)

Do Obey The Rules

Different coworking spaces might have different sets of rules and if there are any in your office, obey them. That might mean only eating in designated locations, respecting visitor policies, and noise levels. Use your common sense and treat your workspace as you would want others to treat it. This is a shared space, not just meant for you. Be respectful to the space and those around it.

Entering Into Coworking Spaces

If you are ready to look into spaces, now that you are aware of the dos and don’ts of coworking etiquette, contact the professionals at BizHaus. We’re here to help you find the space that works well for your business right now. If you need to make a shift and change to a different space later, that’s okay too. With private offices, open desks, conference rooms and more, everyone can find a good fit.

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