Being A Good Neighbor In Shared Office Space
In our virtual age, a lot of companies are cutting costs by sharing office space with other companies. Company culture, however, can clash which leads to awkward or even tense situations. Even though these companies have different core values, your best bet is to treat the other company like you would a neighbor. Learn to be a better neighbor by utilizing these three tips:
- Show Consideration For One Another
Maintaining a quiet and courteous workspace will go a long way when you share an office space. The nature of your company’s work may vary but grooming the space to be a professional work environment is important to forging respect for one another. When you think of the people with whom you share office space as your neighbor, you want someone who is respectful and courteous to you and expect the same in return. You also want a neighbor that is not snooping into your business and can keep their distance. Remain amiable, but try not to pry.
- Coordinate When Modifying the Infrastructure
Knowing when an electrical fix is going to be made or if construction needs to be done in your area will adversely affect the surrounding spaces. Send out a notice and coordinate with the people with whom you share a space. It is as important for them to know what is happening in the space in which they are tenants. Drilling and hammering is also an issue, and as soon as you find out when a construction company is scheduled to perform work, let your neighbors know. They can then plan their day around that, or at least make themselves mentally prepared.
- Be Friendly
This is the last and most simple tip. Just saying hello and remembering names will get you far in earning the respect of people with whom you share a space. Should you want to go above and beyond, you can remember birthdays or celebrate the company’s successes. Sending gift baskets and other give-a-ways are a great way to forge relationships. These give-a-ways don’t have to be expensive, as it’s the thought that counts.
Lay out a welcome mat and make yourself accessible to the people with whom you are sharing a space. If your company practices tolerance and acceptance, the other company will reciprocate. This will come in handy during a clumsy moving period or renovation phase.
Patrick Coughlin is a Marketing Analyst at Consultants 2 Go.