Everyone has a different work style and prefers to set up their spaces differently. Should we assume that community managers being social in nature want a social office atmosphere as well? Do online social professionals actually prefer to work alone? This chat dives into all of those questions and figuring out best workspace and workflows as well.
Q1) What’s your ideal work set-up? At home, office, coffee shop? Does working around others help or distract you?
mediasres I work at home and at the office. I love different things happening around me. I thrive on ADD influences
7Huck Depends on task. Writing: absolute silence, maybe background music. Support: pretty flexible A1
LovelyLuMy ideal work set up is my home office, I have just enough distractions to feed my ADD, and everything I need at my fingertips
vargasl I can work anywhere as long as I am organized. Prefer my “command center” set up in home office though.
mhandy1 Easy home… roll out of bed and start working… in LA that can be hours of time saving advantage
rhappe For me, the ideal is a mix between days at home and days interacting with others. Too much of any one is sub-optimal
DigitalKaitlyn I find I work best either at home or in office at a desk. I don’t mind people as long as I have headphones & music
Q2) How important is privacy in your workspace?
evanhamilton We’ve tried to arrange desks so nobody is looking over anyone else’s shoulder in our office. But we are not privacy-crazy.
DigitalKaitlyn It makes me uncofortable to work with someone looking over my shoulder no matter what it is so a little privacy is perfered
ericfoster Privacy has little place in a collaborative workspace. Peace and quiet, however, does.
JoeKutta We work in an open office space, so we can talk about any issues with various clients and brainstorm on resolutions.
vargasl Privacy? Not overly concerned in physical sense, but very aware of online privacy & alignment w/prof workspace.
blairAtVolt We tore the walls off our cubicles. I thought privacy would be an issue at first, but now I wouldn’t have it any other way
Historian I don’t see privacy as an issue. CM’s tend to be focal points for information… for internal and external.
Q3) Does the social part of the job mean you have to be social in the office? Or do you prefer to work alone?
evanhamilton I think the title Community Manager encompasses internal community too – so being social in the office is important
nickcicero I think naturally social people have the best success online and off, I prefer to work alone bc I get in the zone!
chelsead Nice to have the social piece of an office atmosphere, but need to find tools to stay connected when off site. (Skype, gchat)
kcpike As comm mgr you need to represent (sometimes loudly) the community’s interests in your organization. Being social is a must.
theTsaritsa I get everything I need out of social media. I feel like I get more work done when I don’t have other people around.
vargasl When I interview cmty mgrs and they say they are social & should get position, it turns me off. Tell me what social means to cmty
Q3.5) How do you utilizing others around you (or on your team) to help workflow? How integral are interns?
tmonhollon I think working with a team is critical. We share links, stats, ideas, collaborate on projects. Keeps creative fresh
vargasl Anyone read ‘The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey’ – this is how I utilize team and self.
Q4) Any tips for “Feng shui-ing” your space? What does your office/work space look like? Share your pictures on here!
tmonhollon I try to keep a clean visual landscape around my computer to help me focus.
evanhamilton They do say that clutter is good sometimes, because you “discover” old ideas when searching for something…
7Huck I have toys on my desk, things to put a smile on my face. It’s more zen than fengshui
ericfoster Left side of my desk is the proactive pile, the right side is the reactive pile. I leave the drawers strictly for toys.