In recent years the co-working arena has taken off globally. From WeWork to Regus, it's a popular choice for entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and those just looking for an inspiring environment to work.
One of BAME in Property’s Partners is WorkSpott, a growing network of drop-in workspaces. They transform underutilised urban locations, such as restaurants and bars, into productive spaces where people can come and get things done.
Workspott’s Co-founder, Van Sharma and BAME in Property’s Founder, Priya Shah believe co-working and diversity come hand in hand. The people you meet and the stories you hear from around the world in shared spaces are the foundation for ideas, different ways of working and appreciation of various cultures.
Here’s our round up on four ways that we think co-working and diversity go hand-in-hand.
1. Grows Your Network
One of the biggest draws to co-working is that you are constantly meeting new people, thereby broadening your personal and professional network. Co-working environments are a great way to get out of the house and make impactful connections that can lead to new prospective clients, relevant connections and even new friends. If this was an office, you’re essentially meeting a new colleague everyday - embrace this, say hello and you never know where that person might fit into your entrepreneurial journey.
This week, we are delighted to have our first guest blog from Manchester, with a contribution from Moiza Butt, an employee of the General Medical Council. As co-Chair of the Muslim Network, Moiza shares some of the activities that she has encouraged in her workplace to create a more inclusive working environment.
Moiza Butt, General Medical Council
In April 2018, I received an email from a Muslim colleague to help run and organise a pre-Ramadan event at work. I started to think about my workload and how I didn’t know any of the people involved. Could I really afford to lose a day volunteering just to make awkward small talk with people I didn’t really know?
On the other hand, I felt honoured that a colleague recommended me to be part of this event, which they were passionate about making a success of. Pushing my anxieties aside, I ended up accepting the invitation to volunteer.
The event would consist of Muslim staff members collectively bringing in their traditional home-cooked food to do one of two things.
Sell the food to all staff members and donate the money to a selected Manchester charity
Create an open space for non-Muslim staff members to ask questions about Ramadan.
We had hundreds of staff members willing to buy food and ask questions, which resulted in a rewarding outcome. Over £1,400 was raised in total- which is the most that the company has ever raised for charity!
Nobody expected this and we knew we were onto something great! It seemed like a shame to stop at one event. So, over the course of 15 months, we formed a Muslim network, ran another successful Ramadan event in 2019 and started on our new project to educate others about the Islamic practice of completing Hajj.