Talking Politics in a Coworking Space – How to Keep It Chill.

Coworking spaces are buzzing hubs for freelancers, entrepreneurs, SMEs and remote workers. Our coworking space, Use.Space, brings people together from all walks of life, creating a dynamic and diverse environment, all thanks to Manchester being the culturally diverse city that it is. But with diversity comes a mix of political views, and navigating political conversations can be a bit tricky. Here’s how to handle those discussions without causing any drama.

The Unique Vibe of Coworking Spaces.

  1. Mix of People: Here at Use.Space, we’ve got members from different industries, cultures, and political backgrounds all sharing the same space. This makes for interesting conversations but can also lead to differing opinions.
  2. Shared Space: Unlike traditional offices, you’re working alongside people who might not be from the same company. This means extra care is needed in how you interact.
  3. Community Feel: Coworking spaces thrive on a sense of community and collaboration. Keeping the vibe positive and inclusive is key.

How to Navigate Political Talks.

  1. Read the Room: Before jumping into politics, check out the atmosphere. Are people open to these kinds of discussions, or do they prefer to keep things light and work-focused?
  2. Respect Boundaries: Notice if someone looks uncomfortable or disinterested in the political chat. If so, it’s a good idea to change the subject. Not everyone wants to mix work with politics.
  3. Pick the Right Moment: Avoid bringing up politics in common areas like lounges or shared desks where it might make others uneasy. If you really want to discuss it, find a more private spot like a meeting room or have a chat over lunch with someone you know well.
  4. Keep It Cool: Stay respectful and professional. Talk about ideas and policies rather than making personal attacks or heated comments. The goal is to share views, not to have a showdown.
  5. Listen Up: Show real interest in what others have to say. Listening actively can build respect and understanding, even if you don’t agree with their point of view.
  6. Don’t Assume: Don’t think everyone shares your opinions or even wants to talk politics. Be open to the fact that others might have different but equally valid views.
  7. Find Common Ground: Look for areas where you agree or share values. This helps keep the conversation positive and can make it more productive.

When to Skip the Politics.

  1. Busy Times: During peak hours or when the space is full, steer clear of controversial topics that might distract others who are trying to work.
  2. Community Events: Events in coworking spaces are meant for networking and collaboration. Keep these inclusive and avoid divisive topics.
  3. Tense Periods: During politically charged times, like general elections or major political events, it’s probably best to avoid political talks to keep the peace.

Tips for the Flex Industry.

  1. Set the Tone: Lay down clear guidelines about political discussions, stressing the importance of respect and professionalism.
  2. Promote Inclusivity: Encourage a culture where everyone feels respected and included, no matter their political views.
  3. Provide Private Spaces: Make sure there are private areas for personal conversations, so others aren’t disturbed.
  4. Lead by Example: Show how to have respectful and constructive conversations. Set the standard for the community to follow.

Wrapping It Up.

Talking politics in a coworking space can be a balancing act, but it’s all about respect, awareness, and keeping things professional. By understanding the unique dynamics of coworking spaces and handling discussions with care, you can help maintain a positive and inclusive environment. Whether you’re a freelancer, an entrepreneur, or a remote worker, creating a respectful atmosphere ensures that everyone can enjoy and benefit from the vibrant coworking community.

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