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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Adding Fun to Your Reception

Keeping your guests involved at your wedding reception is key to making it a success. Engage them, surprise them and let them walk away remembering how much fun they had! Here are a few clever ideas for a fabulously fun celebration. 

Added Surprises

After you tie in all your favorite traditions, excite the crowd with surprise entertainment.  This can be in the form of a guest who wants to sing for the happy couple, a performance from children who want to pay tribute, or a fireworks send off at the end of the evening. 

Dancing

Nothing wrong with spicing up your first dance!  Sure, start off slow and sweet, but after a minute or so, turn up the heat and break it down. If you are into line dancing, this is a great time to invite guests to jump in and finish your first dance in sync. 

Games

Adding in a few games at your reception is a great way to be interactive. Mixed with cocktails, dinner, and dancing, this will keep your guests from wanting to sneak out the back door.  Here are examples of wedding game hits.

Stand up Sit Down Game: Prepare a series of questions and ask your guests to stand beside their seats.  Once a question is read out loud, whoever the answer is applicable to must sit down. For example, “If you didn’t believe the bride and groom would go on a second date, sit down.” Make the questions light hearted and fun!

Corn hole: This game is always a hit for outdoor weddings.  It is an effortless way to entertain kids, old college friends (who are still a little competitive), and those who find it awkward to stand around the dance floor. 

Piñata: Who said the are only for kids? Even adults will get a good laugh out of this one. 

Weddings are always filled with excitement, but it is good to add some flare and veer off the familiar path. Your wedding day will be extra special when you tie in a few extra laughs, collaboration, and some friendly competition. So, don’t hold back, have a ball!