A coworking space is so much more than simply sharing an office with other workers. It is a bustling, thriving hub. A community of like-minded people that work flexibly together to collaborate in ways that go beyond a normal office. Whilst it is very much a lifestyle choice, there can be problems if all parties do not follow the code of conduct. To help with that, we have written this article with our top five etiquette tips to help make coworking a success: 

1. Watch Your Volume

Normal office spaces require you to keep the noise down while you are working, or at the very least be aware of the fluctuating noise levels. In a coworking space, there are many different businesses working on varying projects, so things can get distracting. If you are leading an exciting meeting, think about a private room to minimize disruption to others. Listening to music while working can be fun but consider headphones to keep the surroundings pleasant for others. Question

2. Stick to the Schedule

One of the many benefits that draw many freelancers to sign up for coworking spaces is because they have access to conference rooms where you can brainstorm, hold meetings or even get some quiet time to concentrate. It can be frustrating when people stay in the room belong their allotted time, as this stops others who have paid for that space from using it. 

If you are using a shared space, try to keep to your booked time to avoid tensions with the other workers sharing the office. Likewise, try to avoid booking conference rooms “just in case” you might need them and be sure to cancel your room booking if the meeting it canceled. This stops the room from lingering empty when someone else could have used it.

3. Independence

At Capital Workspaces we have friendly and helpful staff on-site during normal business hours from Monday – Friday. If you purchase a coworking membership with 24/7 access or rent a private office, there may be some times where you are in the space without staff. We are always sure to show members where things are stored and how to add guests to WiFi or access the printer, but don’t be afraid to ask so that you know when the time comes.

4. Keep Workspaces Tidy

While we have an excellent team focused on our safety and cleanliness protocols, we always encourage members to treat the space as if it was their own – because it kind of is! We’re here for you if there is an accident and we are diligent in ensuring all spaces are clean. That said, it’s the little things that go a long way – such as properly disposing of rubbish in bins or putting that dirty mug in the dishwasher.

5. Collaboration

We encourage all Capital Workspace members to connect and collaborate with each other (as safely as possible). We look forward to bringing back member events and happy hours as soon as possible. In the meantime, don’t be afraid to say hello if you see others in the space. With mask-wearing and social distancing it’s plenty fine to have a conversation with someone in real life, versus via Zoom!

Capital Workspaces: Helping Make Remote Work…Work for You

We’re offering a free three-day trial on private offices — sign up here to secure your spot now! Whether you need to get out of the house because the kids are driving you crazy or you’re looking to get away from distractions such as raiding the fridge or doing laundry, we’re here to help you get productive!

Capital Workspaces has two convenient locations in Bethesda, MD and in DC’s Spring Valley neighborhood. We offer a mix of coworking, private office and meeting room rentals at prices that won’t break the bank. If you’re new to the world of remote work and need a place to get work done that isn’t home or a coffee shop, we’ve got you covered.