What does a good coworking member look like?
If you’re just looking for a place to work, sure, we can help you out. But what really makes a great community member is someone who is excited to be part something bigger than themselves and is actively looking for ways they can give back to the community, rather than take what they can get. Vocationally, we don’t fit into any one set mold; Current membership includes designers, developers, writers and entrepreneurs — and we are actively working to further diversify this list. We want The Salt Mines to include artists, musicians, lawyers, students and startups. The Salt Mines isn’t defined by the professions of its members, but rather by the spirit of collaboration and community that comes from people who are endlessly curious — curious about what we can do when we work together, often in unlikely combinations, to do things that excite us and inspire those around us.
The Salt Mines belongs to all of its members, and that can empower you to do some pretty cool things. But as Uncle Ben said, with great power comes great responsibility. It’s also up to all of us to keep The Salt Mines running smoothly, whether that means cleaning up, locking up, making coffee, or welcoming guests, everything is everyone’s responsibility.
Specifically, if you notice the following things that need attention, be the office hero and take care of it:
- Kitchen cleanup: If you’re making lunch and notice that the prep areas could use a quick cleanup, take 20 seconds and grab some paper towels and 409 and give it a wipe-down. If the trash is full, take it out and replace the liner with a new one from the supply closet.
- Coffee: If you take the dreaded last pump of coffee from the thermos, ask around if people would drink more if you made it. If you haven’t made French press coffee before and aren’t quite sure how to do it, feel free to ask around. It’s super easy, anyone can do it. Additionally, check the hot water pot occasionally and feel free to fill it back up.
- If you break something, tell someone and work out the best way to get it replaced.
- Be courteous about the Internet. If you have large amounts of information to upload or download, try to save it for low-traffic hours when less people are around.
- Respect other people’s stuff. The Salt Mines is a shared atmosphere, but that doesn’t mean everything belongs to everyone. If you aren’t sure if something is free to use, ask.
- Mind the door: If you’re the last one out, even if it’s just a quick run for lunch, lock up behind you. Everyone who left before you has entrusted their equipment with you, and you don’t want to let them down.