This year, Jobbio will be sponsoring the Best Co-working Space Award at the Annual Spiders ceremony on the 29th of November in the RDS.
So, to celebrate we decided to take a look at the co-working etiquette rules that you should always follow.
Don’t hog the shared resources
The great thing about co-working spaces is that they usually have communal printers, scanners and various other equipment. But you need to remember that these are shared resources.
If you’re going to be printing off reams of paper make sure you let people know beforehand and always give them a heads up when you’ve finished. It’s just good manners.
Be polite and courteous
In a normal office space, you would hold the door open for your colleagues or talk to a team member at the water cooler. A co-working space should be no different. Foster a sense of community by talking to the people you meet in the lift or in line for the bathroom. This will boost morale and is a great way to build your network.
Don’t be noisy
One of the most important shared workspace etiquette rules is keeping noise to a minimum. If you need to take part in a conference call, book a meeting room. If you want to listen to your favourite musical soundtrack, use headphones not the wireless speaker. Use your common sense and remember that some people prefer to work in complete silence.
Do your share of the housework
A communal kitchen is usually the heart and soul of any co-working space. It gives employees a place to catch-up, connect with new people or even just take a well-deserved break.
It’s an important place, so make sure that you respect it. Put things back where they belong, wash whatever cups and dishes you have used and for God’s sake don’t take something from the fridge if it isn’t yours. Leave the kitchen as you would like to find it.
Don’t overstay your welcome
One big perk of co-working spaces is having access to rooms where you can hold meetings, brainstorm new ideas, or just have a quiet space to tear through your work with minimum distractions.
However, you need to be careful that you do not overstay your allotted time. In a similar vein do not overbook meeting rooms ”just in case” you need them. Always cancel your booking if you are not going to use the room. Someone else might desperately want it.