Did you know that each year in the United States about $280 billion is spent across 18 million corporate meetings and events according to Event Grid? With the surge in virtual meetings, events, and gatherings, this number is sure to grow. Hosting a virtual office party may feel like a daunting task, but virtual office parties can be a lot more fun than you expect! By incorporating these elements into your next virtual office party, you’re sure to provide team members with a wonderful and fun experience while also building closer work relationships.
A Cohesive Theme
Having a theme is an ideal way to bring your team together. A theme can be anything from costumes, to music, to virtual backgrounds. Depending on the number of people attending your party, you can do themes like The Wizard of Oz, the 1920s, or favorite literary or entertainment figures. When you have a theme, it helps to kick everything off to a fun start!
If you have the budget, sending snack boxes ahead of time is a great way to enhance the feeling of a shared experience. If this isn’t an option, set up a potluck meal. This can be as simple as participants sharing information about a favorite recipe or folks exchanging recipes in order to try some new dishes. Food is a wonderful and effective way to bring people together and will bring another facet of togetherness to the virtual office party.
Virtual Activities or Entertainment
What’s a party without entertainment? This element helps partygoers let down their guards a bit and perhaps show another side of themselves to the group. An activity like virtual karaoke is a perfect way to get everyone together, no matter how dispersed the team may be. Creating teams or competing between departments adds another layer of fun and involvement.
The most important part of any successful virtual office party is engagement. Having shared experiences and a healthy dose of interaction will foster a festive spirit. Another tip is to create planning teams that start to build cohesiveness before the event even begins. Asking for feedback and input during the time leading up to the event will help to build a feeling of excitement and anticipation in the days leading up to the event. If you want your next virtual office party to be a huge success, incorporate these elements and enjoy! Give us a call today to see how we can assist you and your virtual office.