It’s no secret that events are good for your coworking space. They bring people together and get people to connect and share ideas – the reason why people select coworking spaces anywhere. Great events can also reap multiple rewards for your business; they’re an added value for your brand, they give people a taste of what your community is all about, and they can help you attract new members.
Hosting events for your coworking members is one of the popular ways to build a relationship among them. Team building activities are supposed to be not only enjoyable but also educational. These activities will help your coworkers learn about one another and improve their collaboration skills.
Here are some of the most interesting coworking member events you can organise to create an everlasting impression among your members –
The objective of this game is to introduce each participant to each other and establish a healthy professional relationship between them. For this, you will have to provide the members’ markers and index cards. Ask all your coworking space member participants to draw their social media profile picture on the card and add their names and positions as well. Once they complete let them stick each index card on a large whiteboard and leave enough room between each card. Ask the participants to draw lines to join the index cards of the people they already know and specify how they know them. Establishing a relationship between your coworking members will let you achieve the best results.
Before the game begins you must ensure that you had given each of your coworking members some time to visit each part of the office so that they could recall the memories associated. Provide each member with a paper and pen and ask them to draw some memories they have with any other coworking space member in the office which could also include just having a conversation over a coffee in a pantry area. They can even involve the partner to create the drawing with whom they have shared the memory. Now they will have to put up those sheets on a board and let everybody be a part of their memory at work. A memory wall will help you create a welcoming environment and a positive relationship between the coworking members.
This culinary team building activity could end in disaster or something delicious. On dividing the members into smaller teams and asking them to create a new dish together will require them to put in all their leadership skills and team spirit into their dish. You can also opt to pick an ingredient that all the teams must use or choose a particular shape for the presentation of food.
Professional development workshops are one of the simplest ways to let your coworkers bond while providing them with the opportunity to learn and grow their career. You can offer this shared learning experience for your members within the office only or if they are comfortable then off-site. You can organise any of the workshops which could specifically cater to the jobs of your employees or something general related to leadership skills. These workshops will also display your support of seeing your coworking members grow professionally. These workshops also encourage dialogues finally letting each member receive a fresh perspective.
What’s My Name?
The activity goes by different names and more the participants in the game, the better it is! In this activity, each player will be assigned a name of a famous personality- dead or living- and the name will be stick anywhere which is easily visible for other members but nit to the member who has been assigned that name. Everybody, who is the part of the event will treat that person in a similar way that they will treat the person whose name has been written on the card. This will allow the employees to find out what it would be like to be treated the way someone very different from them might be treated every day.
Stand Up Comedy
You can choose to organize a stand-up comedy show at your office. There could be no better way to give your coworking members a break than to let them break out in laughter. Keep the bonus points for some additional performance, like standup comedy with singing. This idea works best if you have a group of extroverts.
Motivating your employees to participate in the event is one of the ways to help them tap their funny, authentic self. Employees should let their ideas evolve and it is not necessary to follow a writing strategy. These stand up comedy events at the office will open up your minds to creative and authentic ideas, which otherwise you may not have been even aware of. An open-mic stand-up, which is particularly raw will also open your mind to worldly situations. Performing at a stage, among your colleagues will help employees become better at communication at work. Open mic stage will make them learn how to gather attention and ones they master it, they will know how easy is it to convey their ideas and opinions among the coworkers. Comedy is all about self-expression and the power to let the audience identify with you. Therefore it is necessary not to just say but express!
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This could be a laid-back, monthly meetup for entrepreneurship-minded people, laden with casual business matchups. It’s a fast-growing likeable event that every entrepreneurial mind would like. With food + drinks + interesting people, an entrepreneurs meetup works very well for a community-based coworking space. It is a testament to the simple fact that one of the best ways to bring people together in any work culture and bringing founders who have been craving for a great excuse to make new friends.