Shared Workspace Etiquette

In the age of telecommuting and flexible work arrangements, more individuals are turning to shared office spaces to run their business.

These spaces can become a safe haven for entrepreneurs and freelancers who want to escape their homes’ distractions and focus on work instead.

Top 10 shared office space etiquette rules

1. Add extra time for tasks

Don’t rush to a meeting. Give yourself time to get to where you need to go without having to squeeze-by other people or cut them off.

2. Always use your elbow

If you have to sneeze or cough, please always do it in the crook of your elbow to keep droplets from spreading to objects or people.

3. Sanitize your workspace

Even if you’re the only one who uses your desk, put everything away and sanitize at the end of the day to give yourself a clean start.

4. Maintain personal bubble

Be aware of your personal space and that of others. Stay at least 2 metres or 6 feet apart to help prevent the spread of COVID.

5. Stay home if unwell

Please don’t come into work if you’re not feeling well. Coordinate with your manager about working from home or taking a sick day.

6. No meetings at your desk

If you’re discussing a project with a colleague, try and move it to either a meeting room or outside to keep from disturbing others nearby.

7. Take phone calls elsewhere

The same goes for phone calls. If you have to answer a client call or a personal call, leave your desk to speak somewhere else in private.

8. Don’t isolate yourself

Social distancing doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make small talk with your coworkers. Ask someone about their day or weekend plans.

9. Hoard your supplies

Keep office supplies such as pens or paper at your desk and bring them with you to meetings so you don’t have to borrow someone else’s.

10. Be kind and patient

We’re still figuring out how to handle things in our new normal. Give your coworkers as much space and support as you can.

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