Working in a co-working space is a great way to meet your fellow entrepreneurs and get some work done. But it can also be a bit intimidating when you first step foot into one of these spaces. Here’s how to make the most out of your time at the office:
Meet your co-workers
First and foremost, you should be friendly and welcoming. This is a great opportunity for you to make friends, so don’t hesitate to introduce yourself or ask about their day!
Be patient and understanding with your fellow employees. If someone hasn’t gotten around to working on their project yet (or if they’re just having trouble), let them know that it’s okay—you can help them out!
If someone needs some extra help with something in the office space itself, don’t be afraid to offer up some advice or assistance while they figure things out on their own time frame.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask in person or on the phone. It can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, but if you have a problem and nobody is there who can help, then it becomes even more obvious that something needs changing. The best way to get over your fear of asking for help is by doing so with the right people: those who will give constructive criticism and offer suggestions on how you could improve your process.
Don’t forget about email!
Keep an open mind
The key to being a successful co-worker is to keep an open mind and be respectful of others.
- Be respectful: This should go without saying, but it’s important that you treat your colleagues with respect. You don’t want to make them feel uncomfortable, so try not to do or say anything that might cause them discomfort or offence.
- Be open: By “open,” I don’t mean just being willing to listen—though that’s important too! Instead, I’m referring here specifically about having an attitude of curiosity toward whatever happens around us every day at work (and beyond). Being open means asking questions when we need clarifications on something; admitting when we’ve made mistakes; sharing our opinions with others even though they might seem controversial; allowing ourselves room for growth in our knowledge base by seeking out opportunities for learning new things from other people—you get the idea…
Work and let work
You need to be open and willing to learn new things. This is a journey, not a job. You can’t just expect people who come into your office space with their own ideas and experience to know everything about the business or its clients, or even themselves. It’s up to you as an entrepreneur or leader in any field—from marketing to finance—to be curious enough about everything around them (including themselves) that they’ll want someone like you as well: someone who takes risks, makes mistakes along the way but learns from them; someone who isn’t afraid of failure because every time there’s something new happening in our world today it’s because we failed once before!
If this sounds like something worth working towards then read on for some tips on how exactly do so.
Be active in the community
Co-working spaces are great places to work, but they can also be a breeding ground for some less-than-positive interactions. It’s important for you as a member of the community to step up and be active in maintaining its vibrancy, whether that means being a good neighbor or friend. If you see something going on at your co-working space that needs fixing, speak up! And if there are things about which you’d like feedback or suggestions from other members (such as what type of food should be served), share those with me so we can make improvements together.
Don’t forget to take your coffee breaks
Coffee breaks are an important part of the co-working experience. While you’re working, you may not be able to get out of the office for a bit. Coffee breaks give you time to meet new people and get some fresh air—not bad for a few minutes’ break!
The bottom line is that it’s important to remember that you only have one life, and you can use it however you want. You don’t need to wait for your friends or family to finish their work before you get started on yours. Instead, start working now so that when the time comes for them to help out or join in on their own projects, there will be room for everyone.