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The Omicron Variant: How should your company handle this year's holiday party?

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Dec 1, 2021 10:35:00 AM

With last week's news about the emergence of the omicron variant of COVID-19, many of our clients started worrying about their holiday party plans, and whether they should go on with their in-person holiday parties as planned. Here's what we told them.

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Topics: Holiday Party, covid-19, virtual events, virtual company events, virtual holiday party

How to Get the Most from Your Company Holiday Party

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Nov 16, 2021 10:15:00 AM

We know the holiday season can be immensely stressful, both personally and at work. When you have the added responsibility of planning the company holiday party, it can feel like a lot to sort through. You'll have a lot to plan, many decisions to make, and a lot riding on your shoulders.

But we're here to make it a bit easier. Here's how to get the most from your company holiday party this year.

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5 Festive Games to Play at Your Company Holiday Party

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Nov 10, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Your company holiday party is a chance to celebrate, reflect, and enjoy camaraderie with your coworkers. But in its simplest terms, the goal is to have fun, right? At the end of the day, we all just want to have a good time. That's why, no matter whether you have your company holiday party in-person, virtually, or some mix of both this year, we think games are the perfect way to party! 

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Topics: Holiday Party, company holiday party, virtual holiday party

Should Your Next Event Be In-Person, Virtual, or Hybrid?

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Nov 3, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Are you wrestling with the decision of how to approach your next company event: in-person, virtual, or hybrid? Trust us, you are not alone. On just about every call and meeting we have with our clients, they are struggling with that same challenge. Here's our best approach for how to answer these tough questions and ensure your event is amazing, no matter what you choose!

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Topics: company holiday party, virtual events, virtual holiday party, hybrid events, in-person events

How to Include Your Remote Employees When Planning an In-Person Company Holiday Party

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Oct 27, 2021 10:15:00 AM

Great news! Your company has a vaccination policy in place, testing is more broadly available, COVID cases are going down, and you have senior leadership support to plan an in-person holiday party. As an event professional, it feels good to have the green light to plan in-person gathering. Am I right? But how do you make sure that your remote team members feel included?

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Topics: Holiday, Holiday Party, company holiday party, virtual holiday party, gift boxes

How to Plan a Virtual Holiday Party for Your Company

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Oct 19, 2021 10:15:00 AM

Having fun at in-person company events felt easy, didn't it? A few drinks, some delicious food, and boom! You've got a party. That's why, for even the most experienced company event planners, virtual events have thrown a bit of a curve ball. But don't worry! This is not our first virtual holiday season... we've got all the pro tips you need to make sure yours is a smashing success.

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Topics: Holiday, Holiday Party, virtual holiday party

3 Ideas to Make Your Company's 2021 Holiday Party Amazing

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Oct 13, 2021 10:00:00 AM

With company holiday party planning in full swing, we decided to share some of our trade secrets. Looking for ideas for this year's company virtual holiday party? Look no further. We've got your back!

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Topics: Holiday, company holiday party, virtual holiday party

When Should You Start Planning Your Company Holiday Party?

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Oct 6, 2021 10:00:00 AM

It's not time to pull out the garland and start decorating. It's not time to start shopping for holiday gifts for your friends and family. But trust us, there is one thing that you should start holiday planning now: your company holiday party. Here's why.

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Topics: Holiday, Holiday Party, company holiday party, virtual holiday party

3 Keys to Success: What do employees want in a company holiday party?

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Sep 29, 2021 10:02:00 AM

Your team has been working hard all year, meeting their numbers, hitting their deadlines, taking care of their clients, launching their products. So as the company thinks ahead to a proper holiday party, how do you ensure that the event lives up to their expectations and how great everyone has been. In other words, how do you make sure the pomp meets the circumstance? 

Luckily, we know what employees are looking for in their virtual company holiday parties. Here's what they want.

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Topics: Holiday Party, company holiday party, virtual holiday party

Video-On or Off? Why You Should Think Before Scheduling Your Next Meeting

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Sep 22, 2021 12:34:12 PM

“Hi All! I’m here, just having a video-off day!” This is how a Zoom call started with an external partner last week.  

In that moment, as I was finishing up my lunch, struggling to hide the piles of giveaway clothing behind me, and trying to not let my 11-month-old daughter crawl over my computer plug, a video-off day sounded quite nice. It got me thinking: What if we all had video-off days?  

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Why Smart Companies Outsource Their Virtual Holiday Party Planning

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Sep 15, 2021 9:30:00 AM

We know how it goes. Your boss suggested you plan your company's virtual holiday party in-house. Your boss thinks it will be easy and fun for you, not necessarily thinking about everything else on your plate or how much time it takes to organize and execute a great virtual event. There's a lot more to it than just sending out a Zoom link!

Here are 3 good reasons to outsource to a trusted virtual event planning partner.

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Topics: Holiday Party, company holiday party, digital company events, end of year celebration, virtual events

Here's What Makes Our Virtual Holiday Party Showcase a No-Brainer

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Sep 8, 2021 10:15:00 AM

I know it sounds crazy, but now that September is in full swing, it's time to start thinking about your company holiday party. No, you don't need to start your holiday shopping, a company event requires planning to make it special. So we invite you to join us on Monday September 10th for our Virtual Holiday Party Showcase — a fun, stress-free way to help you kickstart your planning process.

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Topics: Holiday Party, company holiday party, virtual holiday party, free virtual events

5 Fun Facts about Labor Day

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Sep 1, 2021 10:05:00 AM

Burgers. Hot dogs. Barbecues. The unofficial end of summer. Labor Day means a lot to us in how we think about and celebrate it. But where did it come from? And what does it mean? As we roll into the weekend, here are 5 fun facts about Labor Day.

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Topics: Holiday traditions, Holiday

Build Better Relationships with Your Colleagues with These 3 Tips

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Aug 25, 2021 10:15:00 AM

Think back to when you first started at your job. You were probably nervous, not just about the workload, but about how you'd fit in with the people you work with. Whether working remotely or in the same workplace, those relationships are important to feeling accepted, and feeling like a real member of the team.

No, you don't have to be best friends with everyone you work with, but it is very important that colleagues know each other beyond just the work you do. We've got 3 great tips to help your team connect more smoothly and easily.

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Topics: Team Building, Connection, virtual company events

Seriously Though... Why Is It Important to Have Fun at Work?

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Aug 18, 2021 10:16:00 AM

At face value, sure, work is about productivity. But to think that's the only thing that drives a business or motivates employees is an antiquated, utilitarian nightmare. Because when you really get down to it, work is much more than that. It's often about fulfilling a company's core mission and fulfilling employees' professional goals. And that is one of the many reasons that fun is such an important aspect of work culture.

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Topics: Fun at Work, Company Culture, company party

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