According to a recent Harvard Business Review article, written by researchers studying how organizations enable employees to thrive, people who work out of coworking spaces reported a very high level of thriving (infact, they scored a 6 out of 7), which means they experience a very high level of vitality and learning. One of the main reasons why this happens is the sense of community and value that people get out of such spaces. And events are a big part of that. Owners and community managers of coworking spaces are slowly realising that there is actual value and opportunity in growing and nurturing such a community of startups, entrepreneurs, freelancers and other skilled professionals. And there is nothing better than events to keep this community spirit alive.
So here are four ways to host events in a shared workspace so that those using the space get extra value from it.
1. Business Networking Events
Let’s face it that most entrepreneurs, freelancers and start-ups head to shared working space to drive down their operational costs and also to network. So, one of the best ways to make newcomers feel part of this growing community is to host a networking event. You can opt for a Happy Hour to welcome new members and introduce them to others. Alternatively, you can invite guest speakers and other business luminaries for a talk or breakfast meet, so that your members benefit from this interaction.
2. Host a Day of Fun and Frolic
In a digitally connected world, professionals are never cut off from their work and business. Hence, they are always anxious, stressed out and overworked. They do not get sufficient time to relax, unwind and have fun. You can help to forge balance between work and leisure with an array of social activities. Not only will it allow the members of the coworking space to get much-needed time off, but it will also enable them to get to know each other better. To pull off an event like this, you need to know your members well, so that you can organize events that they like. Think of a weekly film night, video gaming evening, picnic or even cooking.
3. Charity Work for the Local Community
Supporting the local community you operate in is a noble cause. It is a great way to involve the shared workspace members to do some good in the society. You can think of charity work like raising funds for a school, involving the members to teach street kids, host a cleaning drive or visit old people’s home. When you do such things, you can promote it as part of the shared workspace’s event and get some free publicity.
4. Promote Wellbeing Among Members
Most people who use coworking spaces are ambitious and driven professionals, who are looking for commercial success. They hardly care about their wellbeing. So, you can think of hosting an event related to members’ wellbeing. Make sure they understand how self-care can result in enhanced productivity. It will be easier to sell the notion of wellbeing to member then. Organize early morning yoga, have space for members to meditate, invite a nutritionist to give talks on healthy diet and also provide tips to relax and de-stress.
These are four great ways to host an event in your coworking space and provide value to your clients and members. They will appreciate it and prefer staying on than moving to your competition.