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A quick guide to co-working

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In an article published in the Harvard Business Review last year, employees in co-working spaces were reported to have a level of thriving of 6 on a 7-point scale, at least 1 point higher than the level of those who work in conventional office spaces. Why is co-working so effective? There are two major factors help explain why people in co-working spaces thrive.

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They are more likely to see their work as meaningful

Shared workplaces consist of employees from different projects and functions, so people tend to have more chances to talk about what they do, which can make their work seem to be more important and interesting. There are also many opportunities for co-workers to help each other out using their distinctive skill sets.

They feel part of a community

“Connections with others are a big reason why people pay to work in a communal space, as opposed to working from home for free or renting a nondescript office,” the Harvard Business Review reported. In other words, people are not simply going to work, they are part of a diverse community. And as a result, people feel a much stronger work identity among those with different professions and roles.

Enterprises are embracing co-working spaces

Although co-working offices have their roots among start-ups and freelancers, there is an increasing number of companies adopting the co-working culture. They can do that in two ways. Co-working spaces can be offered to their employees as an alternative workplace. Companies can also turn their regular offices into co-working spaces.

The 6 etiquette rules for co-working spaces

If you’re new to the co-working culture, then you should be aware of these basic rules.

Leave no trace in the shared areas

Make sure you leave the communal spaces – pantry, meeting rooms, discussion areas – how you found them. It means cleaning up after yourself and throwing away your trash.

Mind your voice (and motion) when on the phone         

Loud phone conversations cause distraction, especially in the open space of a co-working office. More important, you may not realise how loud your voice is. So be considerate of others. Besides, some people tend to move around a lot while taking a call. Use a phone booth or meeting room if necessary.

Do not disturb people with headphones on

Wearing headphones is often the signal that a person does not want to be disturbed.

Keep it tidy

Untidiness may be a sign of brilliant minds. But to some, a messy desk negatively affects their ability to focus and process information. Try to keep your space neat and tidy.

Avoid supply snatching

Use your own supplies – pens, stapler, paper clips, etc. Or simply ask to borrow them from your neighbours. Do not take things without asking.

Be friendly

Spend some time saying hello, making connections, and building relationships.


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