What About Events for Remote or Hybrid Teams?
More and more workplaces are now turning towards different ways of working. Infact, a bill is currently underway to formalise work-from-home policies.
Many jobs have also become location independent, creating not just opportunities for people to work from anywhere but also for people to work with colleagues based overseas. Many employers have adopted a hybrid working model, to address the changed ways of working in this new normal. It has also been seen as a more cost-effective and sustainable measure.
How to Create a Memorable Online/Hybrid Office Event
Adjust for the online medium.
Firstly, you need to accept that hosting an event via Zoom, Google Meet, or MS Teams will not be the same as designing an actual, tangible affair. If you have a great idea for a “traditional event,” you can’t just translate it for the web.
Minimise speeches in the programme or give speakers a shorter time limit
Skip things that would be considered “better if it was done in person”
If there’s a dress code, make it fun by limiting it to headware
If you’re a big organisation, split it in groups to make the events more compact
Prepare for technical glitches and fails
Keep it short and simple.
Again, there are very many physical limitations when you’re dealing with remote teams. You can’t exactly do trust falls or relays over Skype. Everyone only has about an inch of screen space to move around in.
You also can’t be sure that everyone has the same computer and connection speed. Keep your programme simple, easy to follow, and short.
Add something “analogue.”
Give a sweet touch by sending out care packages to your remote colleagues. Arrange a personal hamper complete with various tropical fruits, chocolate treats, crisps, and biscuits. It sounds like an effortful endeavour, but can go a long way in creating a meaningful experience.
Fun, Location-Independent Team Building Ideas
Here are some suggestions of virtual activities you can do:
Online trivia – Create a simple deck with questions and answers and award points to the fastest person to type in their answers. You can change this to other categories, such as Guess the Song, Guess the Photo, and more.
Prosecco and Paint – It can be heaps of fun for smaller teams to get together and whip out their paint brushes while sipping on a glass of Prosecco. Such activities can be a great way to destress and help teams bond in a relaxed environment. And for all you know, you might discover the company’s next Van Gogh in the process!
Virtual Bingo – You can easily convert this classic game online. If you’re a small team and share inside jokes, make it personal by putting predictable actions on the cards. For example, write in “Scott asks a question” or “Niamh goes to the restroom twice.”
Show & Tell – This ice breaker is ideal for new joiners who are still getting to know each other. You can declare a theme, such as pets or talent, that they can talk about during the meeting.
Virtual Escape Rooms – You can also download an app or install software that allows you to have fun solving puzzles via a digital escape room. Other apps such as JackBox Games, Tabletopia, and House Party let you allow group games via video-call chats.