How Is AI Changing Coworking Management Software?

How Is AI Changing Coworking Management Software?

Like most industries, AI is impacting coworking in multiple ways.

Coworking operators are harnessing AI-driven smart building technology, advanced analytics and OpenAI models to optimise occupancy levels and drive ROI. Ultimately, AI can help coworking managers meet members’ needs and spend more of their valuable time on the human aspects of the role – like building a community.

From help desk support to generating ideas for events, let’s take a closer look at how AI is influencing coworking management software.

1. AI for help desk support

OpenAI is the AI research and deployment company behind ChatGPT and other models, which are, according to ChatGPT itself, “designed to understand and generate human-like text, making them useful for a wide range of applications, from language translation and content generation to virtual assistants and more.

OpenAI is the AI research and deployment company behind ChatGPT and other models, which are, according to ChatGPT itself, “designed to understand and generate human-like text, making them useful for a wide range of applications, from language translation and content generation to virtual assistants and more.

Nexudus recognises the opportunities OpenAI presents, particularly in relation to help desk automation. Designed to transform help desk support within coworking, Nexudus announced the addition of its new OpenAI integration feature in July 2023.

The traditional manual help desk model poses a few challenges – first, it relies on individual employees possessing a comprehensive knowledge of how their coworking space operates from technical, operational, and community perspectives.

Employees specialising in ‘community’, for instance, might not possess the knowledge required to respond to queries relating to technology, and have to delegate the query to a colleague. This is time-consuming for both the employee and the member who is awaiting a response.

Through the power of Open AI integration, members receive an instant reply and employees can focus on more fulfilling, value-added tasks.

As well as the efficiency gains instant help ticket resolution brings, this new approach to help desk management ensures 24/7 availability, providing support for members across different time zones and those submitting tickets outside of ‘working hours’.

Here’s what the Nexudus OpenAI integration looks like:

Nexudus OpenAI integration

So, how does it work?

Nexudus’ OpenAI integration uses pre-entered FAQ data stored in the coworking operator’s coworking management software, which advanced AI algorithms then interpret to provide accurate and personalised answers to common queries.

Although Open AI offers many advantages, it is only as effective as the data it reads and synthesises to produce its responses. It is important for coworking operators to provide their coworking management software – in this case, Nexudus – with accurate, detailed and up-to-date FAQ information.

Nexudus customers can head to the OpenAI knowledge page to learn how to start implementing and using OpenAI for help desk support.

2. AI for advanced analytics

While analytics relies on business intelligence to report and query, advanced analytics uses sophisticated AI-powered tools, such as machine learning, to examine data and reveal insights, make predictions or provide recommendations.

Nexudus’ coworking management software includes a number of advanced analytics features that leverage data and AI. Each is intended to help coworking operators make data-informed decisions on how best to run their workspace and drive ROI.

Take Nexudus’ Trends Dashboard, for example.

It uses predictive models to identify patterns in the occupancy and booking data stored in the coworking operator’s coworking management software.

Equipped with this occupancy knowledge, the system can forecast member engagement and trends in booking demand. The Trends Dashboard can identify the least and most popular resources in the coworking space and provide insights on when resources are likely to be in high, average or low demand in the future.

There’s also Churn and Engagement. The Churn and Engagement dashboard provides coworking operators with simple and actionable insights on how many members are likely to churn within the next 30 days, and how engaged each member is with different resources within the space.

As with the OpenAI integration for help desk queries, the better the data, the smarter the predictive model and the more insightful the predictions.

3. AI for smart building management

AI plays an integral role in the development of smart building systems in coworking spaces. These systems use machine learning algorithms to collect data from a building’s devices, sensors, systems, and services. The goal of most smart building systems is to create environments that are more user and environmentally friendly.

Building sensors collect and measure specific elements within the environment, enabling workspace managers to record and track changes, and trigger actions.

For instance, a sensor placed in a meeting room can measure the temperature at regular points and trigger the air conditioning if the temperature exceeds a threshold. This helps ensure occupier comfort and reduces unnecessary energy usage.

Sensors can also be used to predict and identify maintenance issues before they become more significant – and expensive. Addressing building issues promptly saves money and makes for a better, more comfortable member experience.

Nexudus currently integrates with D12S sensors

4. AI for generating ideas

Coworking management software allows workspace operators and managers to add content to their website, send automated emails to prospective new members, and newsletters to subscribers. It also helps them to nurture the community by creating, promoting and selling tickets to events for both members and non-members.

However, generating ideas and copy for events and content can be time-consuming and challenging, especially if there isn’t a budget to hire a specialist or outsource to a freelancer. OpenAI models such as ChatGPT and GPT-4 can be used as tools to support the generation of ideas and content.

Here are some ideas ChatGPT produced when we told it to ‘generate ideas for coworking social events’:

Movie Night: Host a movie screening with a popular film or a documentary followed by discussions and popcorn.

Themed Costume Party: Choose a fun theme (e.g., retro, superheroes, favourite TV characters) and have a costume party with prizes for the best costumes.

Cooking or Baking Class: Bring in a professional chef or baker for a cooking or baking workshop where coworkers can learn to prepare a specific dish or dessert.

Language Exchange: Organise a language exchange session where coworkers can teach and learn different languages from one another.

Art and Craft Fair: Showcase the artistic talents of your coworkers by setting up an art and craft fair within the coworking space.

ChatGPT can also be used to create copy ideas for blogs, website content, newsletters, social media, event descriptions and more.

It is important to use these programmes as an aide rather than a replacement for human creativity. The tone of voice, authenticity and originality are important, and members will see through copied and pasted AI-generated content.

Here are some ideas ChatGPT produced when we told it to ‘generate subject line ideas for a coworking newsletter’:

1. "Unlocking August: Your Monthly Coworking Update"

2. "Collaboration Chronicles: What's Happening in Our Coworking Community".

3. "Hot Off the Press: The Latest from [Coworking Space Name]"

4. "Connect, Create, Collaborate: Inside This Month's Newsletter"

5. "The Workspace Word: Your Guide to All Things Coworking"

While these new and evolving AI-powered coworking management software features can enhance the workplace experience for employees and members alike, human interaction and input are still incredibly important. There’s room for both!


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