How to Develop Relationships at Your Shared Office Space in New Jersey

Networking is the buzzword of the day. We all know we should be doing it, but something about that word seems cold. Let’s reframe the concept in a more positive light. Let’s call it what it really is; building relationships. Whether you’ve been using shared office space for a while or are just getting started, take some time to develop relationships with the other professionals that share the office with you. These are just a few things to consider when attempting to develop lasting relationships.

Be Genuinely Curious and Listen

How annoying is it when the person you’re talking to checks their phone for updates? Is that email or text more important than the conversation we’re having in person? A person that’s genuinely curious doesn't do that. They give their full attention to the person they’re speaking to. They listen and ask insightful questions as they attempt to understand. If you approach these situations as learning experiences, you never know what bridges you may build.

Offer Your Expertise

As an independent professional, you know that you have something to offer the world. Shared office spaces are populated with many different types of professionals working in many different industries. Suppose a young startup is using the same space as you, and they have a legal question. You think, “Hey, I’m a lawyer! I can help!” By exhibiting a willingness to help, others can see that you are reliable and have a desire to help others.

Don’t Judge

You may not see the value in a project someone is working on. Remember that the reverse is also true, and both of those facts are okay. People have different interests. Keep an open mind and be open to learning something new. Humans love to talk about themselves and what they’re doing. By not limiting yourself with preconceived notions and judgments about your coworkers, you allow yourself to get to know people as they truly are. This realness is essential to meaningful relationships.

These are just of the few aspects of successfully building relationships in your shared office space. Remember, these places are where independent professionals come to get work done. Keep it professional as you build rapport with those you’re sharing the space with. While exercising your curiosity and listening to others by offering your expertise where appropriate, and remaining open-minded you set yourself up for successful relationships as you begin a new professional chapter in your shared office space.

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At Office Evolution Hackensack, we provide virtual office, coworking, and private office solutions at our shared office center. We offer meeting rooms, offices, a shared workspace coworking lounge, a shared reception, a business address, and virtual receptionist services. We have many options and price points, and all terms are flexible. Plus, you become part of a community of like-minded professionals.

Whether you live in Teaneck, Bergenfield, Maywood, Teterboro, Hasbrouck Heights, Moonachie, Little Ferry, Rochelle Park, Dumont, Bogota, River Edge, New Milford, Hackensack, Englewood, Paramus, Tenafly, Fort Lee, and other communities nearby in Bergen and Essex counties, choosing Office Evolution Hackensack in New Jersey will help you be more professional, productive, and profitable.

Written by: Mark Dresdner

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