Co-working offices are usually some of the best, most creative spaces for employees to gather around and share synergy. They’re known for grouping like-minded people who share beliefs and work ethics, despite the fact that some of them might not even be working for the same company. Very often the point of these kinds of spaces is sheer productivity and having a quiet place to focus, but anyone who’s worked in such a place will tell you that collegiality is still important and very much encouraged. Since they work similarly to regular offices, fun events are a good way to get people to bond more and truly create a strong community of motivated individuals.
If you’re looking for interesting events that you could host at your co-working offices, you’ve come to the right place. For some great ideas on what you can do, read on!
There’s a reason you all converge almost every day to work in the same space—you’re all in similar situations. Your coworkers are all facing the same problems you are, and some of them might have just the kind of experience that the rest could learn from. Organizing panel discussions about hot topics such as financing, entrepreneurship, and the challenges of managing workloads are a great way to pick up tips, share your own knowledge, and throw around good ideas. If you like, you can also organize various demonstrations (for example, a startup might want to present its business plan) and have the community give some feedback.
Classes and courses
A co-working office is a perfect space for a group of hardworking enthusiasts to invest in themselves and learn some great new skills that will help their business along. From language courses to leadership lessons, it can be very easy to organize classes. Plenty of people are bound to sign up for it and you can have a lecturer come in every week to teach a course, or organize less frequent seminars lead by guest speakers.
Laidback networking party
It’s a good idea to really get to know people around you, and there’s nothing like a nice little party to help you bond with each other. Create a cool playlist full of dancing tunes and invite everyone from the office to attend. Invest in professional event catering to make sure that there’s plenty of good food, and bring in a few bottles of quality wine to help break the ice. This way you’ll give people the opportunity to network and make new business acquaintances, but you’ll also get to know everyone and make new friendships.
Super social happy hour
If you aren’t yet ready for a big party, introducing a happy hour every Friday is also a good idea. A recurring social event such as this one will give you more than one opportunity to talk to each other, and as long as you organize it in the afternoon people are likely to attend it. You can pick a nearby bar to be your go-to spot every Friday, but you can also have it happen in the office space itself—simply make sure there’s a mini-fridge full of beer and wine and a big room where everyone can gather around.
Modern-day habits subject us all to a very sedentary lifestyle, and even though you might be getting out of the house to get to your co-working space, it still doesn’t mean you’re getting enough exercise. Since everyone’s in the same boat, organizing yoga days, morning runs, or any other kind of workout sessions with your coworkers is a great idea. It gives you something to do together, but it also lets you boost your health and enjoy good company.
Nothing like a board game to get people to bond. Grab games such as Dixit, Telestrations, Exploding Kittens, Codenames, or Cards Against Humanity and bring them to the office. Grab snacks, schedule an evening dedicated solely to this activity, and then enjoy playing with your coworkers and laughing together.
Is someone from your group launching a new product soon? Then why not help them celebrate! Acknowledging and praising each other’s success is important because it creates a good atmosphere and a launch party is an opportunity to do some more networking with each other. Regardless of whether someone is launching an app or starting a whole new business, organize a gathering and be there to support them.
Invest in creating bonds with your coworkers, and you’re bound to enjoy it! These suggestions can help you establish trust and get to know everyone better, so don’t hesitate to organize some fun events like these.
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