Over the last few years, coworking spaces have become a popular workplace of choice, with an estimated 35,000 currently existing in the world today. The global market value of flexible workspaces is also on the rise and currently estimated at a whopping $26 billion.

What makes coworking spaces so popular?

They’re flexible, cost-effective and all about community. 

Freelancers and new businesses can greatly benefit from the social environment of coworking spaces. It allows them to share ideas and collaborate with people they otherwise never would have met.

But coworking isn’t just for new businesses or the solo entrepreneur. Established companies are also renting desks in coworking spaces as a way of reaching new locations, without committing to the expense of a permanent office.

There are many benefits to co-working but as with everything, there are potential downsides too. When working in a collaborative environment, there’s a certain etiquette to adopt so that everyone can make the most of the opportunities it presents.

Here we’ll take a look at some of the dos and don’ts when using a coworking space in Gibraltar.

DO get involved

The idea of a coworking space is to facilitate collaborative working. There’s nowhere else you’ll gain access to such a broad spectrum of individuals, from a wide range of industries, so make the most of it. It can feel a little intimidating when you first step into a coworking space but don’t let it hold you back. Introduce yourself to others at a convenient time – make the first move and say hello.

A lot of coworking spaces host networking and social events outside of work hours. Attend as many as you can and get involved. The more you throw yourself into coworking, the more you’ll get out of it.

DON’T take without giving back

Collaborative working should offer mutual benefits. You help someone else and in return, they help you. Don’t go into a coworking space thinking you can access other people and their services, without being willing to offer your services in return. It’s easy to spot and it’s not in the spirit of coworking.

DO be considerate of others

Remote coworking spaces tend to be a little less formal than your average office but remember, you’re not at home and need to be considerate of those working around you.

  • Keep noise levels at a minimum – No one needs to hear the ins and outs of your business call. Like working to music? Headphones are an absolute must.
  • Make sure your workspace is clean – Tidy desk, tidy mind. Respect that other people may need a clutter-free working space to aid their productivity.
  • Do your bit – Make a coffee for others or stack the dishwasher. It won’t go unnoticed.

DON’T make it personal 

In any working environment, you’ll get an over-sharer. Just make sure that person isn’t you! Keep things professional and work-focused. There’s no room for personal drama in a coworking space.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ask for help if you need it. No one should struggle in silence. If you’re having problems, get in touch with the workspace manager for support.

Follow these etiquette guidelines to get the most of your coworking space.

Like the sound of what coworking has to offer? Call or email to find your team and join the action.

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