When we ask our members, what drew them to our coworking space, the answer is almost always the same; the community and the potential to form great relationships. Recently the Harvard Business Review reported that being part of a community was one of the key reasons for why those who worked from a coworking office space felt they thrived more in their work.
So, with so many different personalities all working under one roof, how can you get the most out of your work relationships without ruffling too many feathers? The first thing to note is that we don’t expect everyone to become best friends! Shared office spaces in London are bustling with all kinds of different people, we are at the heart of the UK and thus play host to people from all different walks of life, and not everyone will work the same way.
Over the years we have noticed a trend in the types of personalities that crop up in our coworking spaces, and today we want to share them with you. The key to a harmonious and cooperative shared office is not only understanding that everyone works differently, but also knowing how you can still get the most out of your professional relationships, whether you’re loud, quiet or one to work on your own.
In some ways, working in a shared workspace is no different than working in your traditional office environment, in that you will always come across certain individuals that love to be heard! Don’t get us wrong, we love a good laugh, and part of what makes Areaworks so great is that we are laid back and informal for the most part. That being said, if you have a big project in the pipeline, a crucial meeting on the horizon or a deadline looming, the last thing you want to be is sat next to someone who is loud and distracting.
The majority of coworking spaces will have a no noise policy in some parts of the office, to allow for those who really want to zone out and get their work done in the right setting. However, if you find yourself in close quarters with a distracting individual, here are some of our top tips for how to handle the situation:
Ever tried to offer advice, only to be shot down by someone who has been there, done that and got the t-shirt? The office know it all tends to be large and in charge, refuse assistance or advice, and wouldn’t be caught dead consulting someone else on a project.
These types of work personalities are fairly commonplace; however, you can get along swimmingly if you follow just a few of our tips:
Every office has one, whether it’s your typical 9-5 haunt or a coworking space, there will always be someone who is impossible to please! During your time in a shared office, you are likely to meet a few that love a moan; the coffee is too hot, the office is too cold, you know the type!
Hearing someone complain all day can be incredibly draining, and can hurt morale and hamper motivation, so check out our tips on how to form a great work relationship with the office whiner:
We have all had those days, haven’t we? We get to work and just can’t muster up the motivation to make real progress, especially when you could just drink coffee and have a chat instead!
The slacker is perfectly happy to have these unmotivated days, every day of the week. The important thing to remember is that not everyone needs to be as motivated as you. One of the biggest benefits of a shared office space is that you’re not likely to be in direct competition with anyone, and so everyone can do their own thing.
If you find that you are in close quarters with someone who seems to be easily distracted and loves watching YouTube videos on their phone, here is how you can still be productive whilst also having a great relationship with your resident slacker:
Although we love it when our members get to know each other, and collaborations begin to form – we don’t expect it. Becoming a member of Areaworks doesn’t mean you must socialise and become friendly with everyone else, and for the lone wolf workers out there, this is really important.
There are many signs you can look out for to determine whether someone prefers to be left alone, or is up for a chat, so making yourself familiar can go a long way! Remembering that some people simply work best in their own space will help you make better connections with them and avoid any awkward moments:
If you are looking for a shared office space in London, then why not contact us and book a tour? We can show you around one of our coworking spaces and introduce you to a few members whilst you’re here!