ACCORDING TO A STUDY BY HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL, VIRTUAL SOCIALISING BETWEEN TEAM MEMBERS CAN IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNICATION PATTERNS BY MORE THAN 50 PERCENT. BUT THE WORDS ‘ONLINE TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES’ CAN BRING EVEN THE MOST ENTHUSIASTIC OF US OUT IN A COLD SWEAT. HOW MANY MORE HOURS DO WE HAVE TO SPEND ON ZOOM?!
We all know that the most important aspect to a strong work culture is communication. When you feel connected to the people you work with, it helps create a strong working environment. Post COVID, the move to flexi-remote working — a blended model where some of us have returned to the workplace and others continue to work from home – has been a tough thing for many companies to navigate. And global travel restrictions have meant that connecting and engaging a distributed workforce all over the country and internationally has become even more of a challenge. Despite the benefits of more family time and less commuting, teams have become more isolated and digital exhaustion is a real and present danger.
1. A VIRTUAL COCKTAIL MAKING EXPERIENCE DOESN’T FEEL LIKE WORK
There is nothing worse than organised socialising. But an online happy hour is the perfect way to indulge in workplace drinks without the physical workplace and bring joy to your distributed team so they have a laugh at work and create authentic connections.
2. A VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR AND A HALF IS A GREAT WAY TO UNWIND
Remote working can be exhausting. Endless virtual meetings and dodgy internet connections can cause burnout, meaning staff are left unmotivated and anxious. Treating your team to a virtual cocktail making experience at home is the ideal way to help them relax, switch off and de-stress.
3. SHAKING AND MAKING COCKTAILS TOGETHER WITH A PRO HELPS PROMOTE COLLABORATION
As virtual icebreakers go there’s nothing like being guided through a cocktail step by step by a professional to help you explore new tastes together, reminisce over your favourite cocktails, compare ingredients and equipment, share tips and help each other out.
4. COCKTAIL THEMED FUN AND GAMES BOOSTS MORALE
We’ve all become a bit more disconnected over the last eighteen months, so if staff morale has dropped, the skills you’ll pick up on a live-streamed cocktail making class even if you are a complete novice will make you feel like a bartending rockstar.
5. IT’S A GREAT WAY TO REWARD YOUR STAFF
Say thank you to your team for completing a project or winning some new business by treating them to some free booze and cocktail classes at the company’s expense. It’s also a brilliant way to celebrate a staff birthday or host a leaving do.
6. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GET A ROUND IN
No more arguing at the bar because you are at your home bar. And everyone else is at theirs. Enough said!
Which leads us finally to Reason Number Seven…
7. YOU WON’T HAVE TO GET A TAXI HOME AFTERWARDS!