The Wework man­i­festo

When you join a co-work­ing space, you join a cul­ture. It may be a cul­ture that of­ten wears sweats, but still, there are rules.

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - Contents - BY JAMES LYNCH


If you wouldn’t wear it to the shop­ping cen­tre, don’t wear it in the work space.


I once saw a guy take off his wet socks, tuck them in-be­tween the couch cush­ions, then put his bare feet on the cof­fee ta­ble. Don’t do that.


Chew with your mouth closed. This has noth­ing specif­i­cally to do with co-work­ing spa­ces, but it is a rule we should all live by.


No, not the bike shorts.


To es­ti­mate the amount of space you should take up at a shared ta­ble, imag­ine 15 cm be­yond the width of your body on ei­ther side, ex­tend­ing no more than 50 cm in front of you.


Why are there wet jeans draped over an ar­chi­tec­tural fea­ture? Are you wear­ing other pants?


Yes, a R10 000 vet bill for your cat’s UTI treat­ment must be very stress­ful, but we’d rather you make that call in the hall­way.


Your bag goes on the floor.


Don’t com­plain about peo­ple bring­ing in their dogs. It’s 2018. The dogs won.


Leave the tuna ( in fact any kind of fish) at home.


Re­spect the signs: re­cy­cling, com­post, quiet spa­ces, clos­ing times, fridge rules, con­fer­ence-room poli­cies, cof­feea nd sugar ra­tios.


The le­mon wedges from your water aren’t mirac­u­lously go­ing to put them­selves in the bin.


You don’t have to greet ev­ery­one who sits down at your ta­ble, or in­tro­duce your­self when you see a new face, or even smile all that of­ten. But re­mem­ber: You never know who will have a busi­ness con­nec­tion you may need. Plus, work friends will watch that lap­top while you’re out to lunch.


Push your chair in; no one wants to ask.

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