Conduct and Coworking – 5 Things to Avoid Doing in a Coworking Office
The coworking space has transformed much of the way in which New Zealanders do business. For one, it provides start-ups and SMEs with affordable office space while providing numerous opportunities to connect and network. The coworking scene has become so popular that even large corporations are cashing in on a working format that encompasses so much more than work.
The coworking environment is so nurturing that many find the workspace doubles as a small community. With culture and character being created by its members, these communities can find they have more flexibility to develop business relationships and to navigate their company in the direction they want. Even so, even the most knowledgeable, experienced professionals sabotage themselves by engaging in behaviours that become obstacles to forming good relationships in the coworking space.
Let’s take a look at some of the types of behaviours to avoid at work to ensure you get on with your coworking colleagues.
Granted because of the way the coworking space is organised, you are virtually sitting right next to others as they work. A typical contains hot desks and dedicated desks, but many times these desks are a part of an open plan making it possible for anyone to view other’s work. Click on the following link http://www.servcorp.co.nz/en/coworking/ to see the way in which proximity lends itself to intentional and unintentional screen spying.
However, even in this shared space, spying on others as they work on the computer is both distracting and quite an invasion of privacy. Among the many tasks that professionals complete in a day, some include working on projects that have not been patented or have not received the appropriate copyright certification. Yes, if your co-workers want that type of privacy, they can opt to pay more for discretion but is so much inexpensive to respect other people’s workspace.
While the coworking space does not engender the type of office politics that your standard office does, but because it is a place where people network and socialise, it is very easy to get pulled into a divisive office situation. Office politics can be the number one destroyer of business growth because it pits professionals against each other. In the coworking space, in a place that promotes collaboration, office politics can pit professionals against each other, which can be isolating for the person affected, and worse yet, make others in the community uncomfortable.
Because the office space is somewhat social one, it is very easy to get into conversations regarding the work of other professionals. Yep, gossiping is right up there with the office politics in that they destroy any efforts to team build because those being singled out no longer want to participate in the community. Furthermore, no one knows how others are connected to the greater business community, and many find themselves in potentially embarrassing situations involving trash talk about someone with whom they need.
This goes without saying that, while coworking is a more relaxed environment, it is still an office. Sharing the most intimate details of your personal and professional life with everyone in the space can get in the way of people taking your work seriously. Not that you cannot develop personal friendships with those you share your coworking space, but sometimes divulging too much information is not conducive to developing positive professional relationships.
While not necessarily an impediment to developing relationships, the most egregious office behaviour relates to bringing stinky foods that smell up the office. Eggs, fish, and other malodorous foods can really cause a stink in the office, no pun intended. If you have to eat these foods, consider eating them in the café or lounge to avoid offending others.
Finessing Your Way Through The Coworking Day
As an alternative to these behaviours, consider building relationships through positive conversations. Respect your co-workers by not encroaching upon their space, more specifically their screens. Finally, find a spot where you can enjoy delicacies that are your favourites but might offend others, and in doing so, contribute to workspace nirvana.