UNDERSTANDING THE CULTURE OF COWORKING

Offices, once thought to be mundane workspaces, have undergone a complete makeover – not just in terms of architecture but also in terms of functionality that has been aptly synced with efficiency. Not so long ago, corporates or MNCs have broken the monotony of a place full of workstations and replaced it with a happy place where people not only work but spend a significant amount of their day.

This witnessed a surge in ‘cool’ and ‘chic’ office spaces like that of Myntra and Viacom18. The coworking spaces were the next milestone added to the work culture.

Coworking spaces, also called shared spaces, are slowly becoming the ‘it’ thing in commercial real estate and not only serve as the perfect launchpad for start-ups and entrepreneurs but also as the much-needed missing link in the expansion plan for big corporates which, despite owning luxurious office spaces, are aggressively investing in shared spaces.

Shared spaces are attracting independent professionals and start-ups for numerous reasons including – affordability, flexibility, lower operational costs, better amenities, and most important community building and networking. Coworking spaces provide a better opportunity for social interaction allowing members to connect.

If you’re a fresher in the world of coworking, here’s a quick checklist for you.

  • Be aware of your surroundings and respect boundaries. Your right to freedom should not violate the privacy of others. In coworking spaces, the person next to you can be of any other company, field or profession right from a graphics designer to an investment banker or writer to a marketer. The need is to be respectful of the people around you and their jobs.
  • More varied and diverse the workspace, the more one has opportunities to learn and network. Since coworking provides a wide variety of professionals around you, you can benefit from this and learn from the people around you.
  • Be interested and supportive of other’s work, but also keep in mind time restrictions.
  • Clean up after yourself and leave it the way you want it to be for yourself. Also, it won’t take much time to put the shared office supplies back in their designated place.
  • Keep down the noise. If you must take a call, go out to the common area or hallway. Not everyone wants to listen to your calls. Make sure your mobile phones remain silent and use earphones to play music. Some level of noise will be there in the workspace but be reasonable about the amount of noise you create.
  • Take part in discussions, planned events, and community-building activities.
  • Don’t be too dependent on your co-workers. Although co-working provides a combination of freedom and collaboration, don’t be tempted to rely on others to go overboard.
  • To avoid last-minute hustle and bustle, book the meeting room in advance.
  • Stick to the schedules. If you have booked a meeting space, make sure you vacate it timely. While some bumps are expected, try not to prolong the meetings beyond the scheduled time slots.
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