Team Building After the Pandemic

Businesses are opening their doors and allowing team members to return after many months of working from home. This can be a stressful and intimidating time for many. While your employees have spent most of their time “bonding” over Zoom calls, it may be time to host in person meetings and consider creative ways to let them reconnect in the office setting.

Safety First
Some may be excited to gather again while others are reluctant to congregate in groups as “normal.” Following CDC protocols is essential and will keep everyone safe regardless of where they fall on the pendulum. Keep surfaces clean and sanitary (especially high traffic areas) and notify your employees of all sanitizing procedures. Openly encourage employees who are feeling under the weather to stay home and wait until they are cleared to return. By now many employees are well-equipped to carry on in their home office without missing a beat.

Where to go?
When you are confident that your space is clean, gather your team for some much-needed fun. Or, better yet, take them outside to reconnect! The COVID-19 transmission rate is lower outdoors, so you can carry on with less concern in the sunshine. Plus, it will give your team an energy boost and a change of scenery.

What To Do?
Now is a great time to allow your employees time to get reacquainted with old friends. Time away from their desk  to visit together statistically improves company profitability. Provide a meal and tables with seating at a safe distance and simply let them socialize.

After a meal, let your team play some games! While there will be a time for adult field day to return, for now let us modify the plan. Consider games such as Catchphrase, Pictionary, Charades, Memory, variations of Freeze Tag, or Sardines.  These options are fun, gather people together for some laughs, and can be played at a safe social distance.

How This Will Help Your Business
Team building activities strengthen communication amongst your team. People grow confidence in each other and have the opportunity to identify strengths and weaknesses. This inevitably will help them work productively on projects inside the office.

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Rehearsal Dinner Guide

Traditionally, a rehearsal dinner takes place the night before your wedding. This is a perfect time to gather with your wedding party, close friends, and family to intimately celebrate your upcoming nuptials. If you are planning to have a rehearsal dinner party, here are a few tips to get the preparation underway.

Who is the host?
It is customary for the groom’s family is plan, organize, and pay for the rehearsal dinner. Today, some couples choose to share the responsibility and host this event on their own. Whichever route you choose, the person that oversees the event will send invitations, book the venue, plan the food, and pay.

Where should it take place?
Some rehearsal dinners are formal and take place in a ballroom with a seated dinner included, while others take place in the backyard with barbeque. The possibilities are endless. First consider if you want a formal or informal event and recognize that the price will vary depending on the location and size of your party. If your wedding is formal, you may choose to keep the festivities in line with a proper setting.  If your wedding has a more causal and laid-back atmosphere, stick with a relaxed and warm party.

Who should be invited?
When organizing your rehearsal dinner guest list, begin with parents of the bride and groom along with immediate family members, the wedding party, and the officiant. Then it is time to branch out to spouses and potentially their children (depending on how large your event will be). Ring bearers, flower girls, and junior bride’s maids should be included and, depending on their age, possibly their parents. Once this list is finalized, reach out to close friends or out of town guests that you want to be a part of this intimate gathering too.

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