Justin Tang • January 30, 2024

Coworking spaces has changed the way we work. Coworking spaces are no longer just for freelancers and remote workers. Instead, it's a place for professionals who are seeking flexibility, productivity, a place for events, networking opportunities, and a sense of community.

Whether you're a seasoned pro or a newbie, working out of a coworking space for the first time can be intimidating. Here are top 10 unspoken rules to keep in mind:

1. Keep Noise to a Minimum

Don't disrupt and distract those around you by talking too loud, keep an inside voice, and keep group chats to a minimum.

Need to make a call or take a call? Take it to the hallways, the private phone booths, meeting rooms, or even outside.

Don't forget to your put your devices on silent and use your headphones if you need to watch or listen to something.

2. Book Meeting Rooms in Advance

Interested in booking a meeting room? As meeting rooms are high in demand, don't wait until the last minute, and remember to reserve your meeting rooms in advance!

Be mindful of the time, as there could be someone waiting to use the room after you.

3. Practice Cleanliness & Sustainability

Keep your workspace clean, organized, and don't leave your trash behind.

Avoid wastage, by using reusable cups instead of paper cups when you can, and cut down on paper usage.

Be mindful of water usage, especially in bathrooms and the communal kitchens.

4. Security and Privacy

Be mindful of your surroundings and belongings.

Have sensitive data and uncomfortable by the idea of someone seeing it? Bring a laptop privacy screen with you and don't forget to lock your screen when you're away from your desk.

When in doubt, ask someone to help watch your stuff, if you can't bring it with you.

5. Avoid Strong Scents & Foods that Smell

We all love to smell good.

As scents are subjective, it can sometimes be distracting, bothersome to others, or may even cause an allergic reaction. Go easy on the perfume, cologne, and even strong-smelling lotions.

As a general rule, avoid bringing in smell foods, such as: fish & seafood, cheese-heavy dishes, fermented foods, heavy garlicky foods, curries & heavy spiced foods, hard-boiled eggs, gumbo, durian, hot peppers, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and anything that splatters - like tomato sauce.

Do you remember the last time someone microwaved their leftover fish? The smell lingers for days and makes an unpleasant smell for the next person trying to use the microwave.

6. Respect Boundaries when Networking

Coworking spaces are the perfect place to network and collaborate but be mindful of those who are there to work, stay focused, and to be productive.

There's always a fine line between networking and intruding. When in doubt, ask if they have time for a quick chat. Or, wait for lunch time.

7. Obey the Rules & Guidelines

Follow the rules and guidelines set by the coworking space, as each space differs from one another.

8. Don't Sell to Everyone You Meet

In a coworking space, it's good to be social and network with those around you.

It can be tempting to see everyone as potential clients, however, try not to sell your products or services to everyone you talk to, they might end up avoiding you the next time they see you around.

Just focus on genuine conversations and the business opportunities will follow.

9. Report Issues

If you notice any problems, whether a security concern, technical issue, or a cleanliness - report it to the staff!

10. Stay Home if Unwell

Feeling under the weather? Don't risk it, work from home until you feel a little better. Even if it's a common cold, it could spread like wildfire.

In Conclusion

Remember, coworking spaces are made up of professionals with diverse backgrounds. Coworking is all about collaborations, networking, and a sense of community.

Always follow the guidelines set by the coworking space and these top 10 unspoken rules. By doing so, you can contribute to a positive, productive, and harmonious coworking environment.