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.
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.