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Stereotypes to avoid in a Co-working space

While co-working provides networking opportunities, it’s also the place for conflict and to have a negative effect on the workspace.

New way of working becomes more common, the need for a code of conduct in a co-working space becomes essential.

Noisy and disrespectful coworking members quickly reveal themselves in coworking spaces and undermine the cultural mission of the co-working concept.

If these habits sound familiar to someone you know, it might be due to the negative energy in your workspace:

Salesperson

Many individuals join coworking spaces with networking opportunities in mind. It becomes an instant bond with other co-workers in the space and provides a opening to good conversation and opportunities.

However, coworking space doesn’t mean that you are owing each other favors.

if you’re in sales and some of your co-workers seem like good potential clients, it’s not ok to push them to give you their contact lists or personal information.

Don’t assume that sitting with them means they’re obligated to buy from you or are comfortable recommending you to their supervisor.

Rather than pursuing contacts right out the gate, you should take the time to build relationships with other co-workers.

Building trust over time is where the real value lies as a professional, especially in a co-working environment where word can travel fast.

Promoter

Similarly as the “Salesperson”, the Promoter is constantly in the business for themselves.

They might storm emails, badger other members to follow them on social media platforms or cover the community bulletin with their own flyers and materials.

Co-working spaces provide good opportunities to learn about events in other companies,

But the Promoter often hogs the spotlight at events, treating them as their own platform for promoting their business.

Promoters often forget that business connections should be mutually beneficial and that other members are there to work too. They are often need to be reminded that they are not the only one with a business to promote.

Desk Hog

In a co-working space, each & everyone is paying for their work area which means every square foot of desk and workspace is a asset for the co-working business.

The Desk Hog often takes up not only their own space but also any space around them which is empty.

They forgets that the co-working space is not their home & easily lose track of their things because their belongings are spread out all over the working areas.

They can also be that person who drops their stuff on the biggest desk before heading out for a meeting.

The lesson here: bring what you need, but keep it within the area of your dedicated space & respect the hospitality of the co-working space.

Talker

Almost every co-working space community can relate this, the person who seems to be on the phone whole day speaking loudly in areas that are meant to be quiet.

They don’t realize that other co-workers can’t focus while listening 30 minutes worth of chit-chat coming from three feet away.

If the call is going to take more than five minutes, then step into a phone booth or a conference room.

Many co-working spaces have designated rooms for meetings or calls and designated quiet spaces.

Recluse

It’s easy to understand that everyone needs a quiet space once in a while. But taking up an entire conference room for business for the whole day is bound to annoy your co-workers.

The Recluse often winds up in the conference room, no interactions with other people and rarely takes part in events.

It’s difficult to know whether the recluse is an introvert, or they are avoiding being involved in the co-working community.

Unofficial Host

Most of the co-working spaces have some sort of guest allowance, for visitors and business meetings. But the Unofficial Host misuses this privilege to the point of giving their friends and colleagues free memberships. When there is a freeloader continuously occupying the best desks.

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