If you are someone who does not enjoy the company of others or need your own space, then sharing your office space with a coworker might not be the best way to work. Here are a few ways in which you can make it easier and less stressful to share your space.
It is absolutely important to be positive at situations like this as it is probably a situation that you have no control of. So the best way to face it is by being positive and you would be pleasantly surprised at how things change for the better. Regardless of what you are feeling, it is wise to keep an open mind and be optimistic about what is presented to you. A co-working space is not the worst thing that can happen to you, it is your attitude towards the change that will ultimately choose whether it is a positive or negative situation.
Get to know each other
If you are having a shared office with a coworker, then it is best to get to know each other as the more you know about each other, the comfortable you will be with each other and sharing a space among one another. Some ways in which you can get to know each other is to get to work earlier than usual and prepare for the day without any external disturbances. This will help you relax and gather your thoughts before you interact with anyone. If you don’t know your coworker, introduce yourself and try to have a friendly conversation. Try to find a common ground, such as a TV program or favourite fashion brand to talk about. This usually helps to break the ice.
Personalize your work space
Although, you are not getting your own space per se, there is no harm personalizing the space that is available to you. You can add some pictures of friends and family on your desk provided your work allows you to do so. Fond memories and memorabilia will help elevate your mood instantly if you are feeling bad. It is important to be respectful of your coworkers and keep your work space modest and organized at all times. Anything that is large and is a disturbance to others will not only be distracting to you but will also bother everyone else around you. Keeping your space organized will also help you prepare for the next day with less hassle and also sets a very good example to a not so tidy coworker.