We want deskcamping to capture the same spirit of real life camping. On a campsite there’s a sense of mutual respect and generosity. And, like camping, there’s a chance to meet new people and share stories, only this time it’s around a water cooler rather than a campfire.
With that in mind, we’ve come up with 8 values. We’ve not included any rules that aren’t already covered by the law of the land. Like, “don’t steal the printer’. Just like a campsite, the moment you pass through the gate and start driving on the grass, you don’t suddenly enter a land of lawlessness where anything goes. Although some nudist campsites in the Nordics might push the boundaries.
1. Confidentiality is important. It applies to the desk campers and the desk host. People might be working on projects that need to be kept under wraps. So discretion is paramount. Desk campers might be asked to sign the office’s non-disclosure agreement.
In signing up to deskcamping you agree to keep confidential all work-related information disclosed by the desk camper or the desk host. This agreement extends to fellow coworkers in the workspace. This includes confidential information about projects and clients in whatever form, whether tangible or intangible, disclosed by the freelancer, the desk host or coworkers in the workspace.
2. Desk campers shouldn’t invite anyone into the workspace (to visit, work or have meetings) unless they have prior agreement from the desk host.
3. Total respect. Think of it like visiting someone’s home. It’s their space so try to get a feel for the office culture and ease yourself in. Desk hosts set their own office rules on their deskcamping profile page.
4. Share. If you’re doing deskcamping it’s probably because you want to get something out of it that’s more than just desk real-estate. It’s good to be an active participant in the workspace. Be a sharer, a helper-outer, a home-baking-muffin-maker. Be yourself (but yourself on a good day).
5. Take care. It’s really important that you’re 100% comfortable with renting a desk. If you’re in doubt don’t do it, there are plenty of other desk host-fish and desk camper-fish in the sea! We’ve packed our profile pages full of information (useful and not so useful) about the desk host. If that’s not enough and you’re still unsure then maybe ask for a Skype call or to meet for a coffee.
If there’s anything we can do to make this better, please let us know.
6. Please take care to upload nice photos that are high resolution. Desk campers are interested in getting a sense of your workspace so avoid shots of empty corridors and lonely desks. Take photos of people. Make it look lively. If in doubt, take a look at our Photography Tips section.
7. Report abuse. Let us know if people are getting up to no good. Could be that the profile page is misleading. Whatever it is we will delete profile pages if they are not in the spirit of deskcamping.
8. Remember the campsite? Remember your face in the warm glow of the campfire? Remember the smell of the burning wood? Remember the night you went to bed full of excitement about tomorrow’s adventure? Get out there. There’s loads to do.
Our terms (just so we’re clear, no messing):
deskcamping is all about the coming together of desk hosts and desk campers. That’s our service. It’s the responsibility of the desk host and the desk camper to make all the necessary arrangements. We don’t get involved in this.
We have the right to delete any listings or profile pages from the site without prior notice. If we think something isn’t in the spirit of deskcamping, we will delete it. Please let us know if you see anything weird.
We reserve the right to make changes to the deskcamping site. We’re on a mission to make it better.
If you’ve got any questions, we’d love to hear from you. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org