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What We Know About Events in 2021

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Jan 6, 2021 1:05:54 PM

Last year was filled with uncertainty, as we all tried to make sense of the first pandemic of our lifetimes. It's still early January, but this year continues to point toward uncertainty, as vaccine distribution is rolling out, but the COVID spikes are still extremely high.

So, what does that mean for events in 2021? Should you be planning for virtual or in-person? What's the timeline? 

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Topics: virtual social activities, digital company events, virtual events, digital events, 2021 event planning

How to start strong in 2021 in 3 easy steps

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Dec 16, 2020 2:19:54 PM

As this year comes to a close, we're all ramping up for 2021. Because next year is going to be different. It's going to be better. It just has to be. Right?

Our clients keep telling us how important it is that they set a positive tone for 2021. But that won't just magically happen. It takes a little planning and forethought. Well, good news, team. Because we've got big plans for you!

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Company Culture, virtual events, virtual company events, 2021 event planning

Why January is a Perfect Time for a Virtual Company Event

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Dec 2, 2020 10:12:00 AM

And just like that, it's already December. There are only a few weeks left in 2020 (good riddance, honestly), and only so many workdays before the holidays are upon us. But if you haven't had the time or bandwidth to get a holiday party scheduled, don't panic, and definitely don't feel bad!

But definitely DO consider January, and kicking off the new year with a bang!

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Topics: virtual company events, digital events, 2021 event planning

Throwing a Virtual Holiday Party? Here are 3 tips you need to know.

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Nov 18, 2020 10:03:44 AM

No matter how big or small your team, it still takes lots of hard work and attention to detail to throw an amazing virtual holiday party. And since we've been in this virtual events game for a while, we're happy to share some notes to help you as you begin your planning.

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

Your One Month Action Plan for an Amazing Virtual Holiday Party

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Nov 11, 2020 11:30:00 AM

This year, it feels as if time is both standing still and flying at the same time. So it's hard to believe, but we're already two weeks into November. I know. Try to catch your breath.

I don't mean to rush you, but that also means that December—and this year's virtual company holiday party—are right around the corner. So, if you're feeling a little overwhelmed and behind, now isn't the time to worry. Now is the time to take action!

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Topics: company holiday party, digital company events, virtual events, virtual company events

3 Arguments to convince management to do a Virtual Holiday Party

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Nov 4, 2020 12:00:00 PM

You and your coworkers really want to have a holiday party this year. Working remotely has been really challenging, so celebrating the wins, reflecting on your team's perseverance, and having some fun together would be hugely important. To you, it seems pretty obvious why.

But you're having trouble getting management to see why a virtual holiday party is necessary for employee morale.

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

3 Reasons to stop procrastinating and start planning your company's virtual holiday party.

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Oct 28, 2020 9:29:03 AM

Maybe you're just really busy. Maybe you're still not sure how this whole "virtual holiday party" thing is supposed to work. Maybe you're feeling overwhelmed and kind of clueless.

Whatever the reason is, it's time to stop procrastinating and start planning your company's virtual holiday party or end of year celebration.

Here are 3 reasons to start planning your company holiday party right now!

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

Can you really plan your virtual holiday party in JUST ONE STEP??

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Oct 21, 2020 1:30:00 PM

Even in a good year, it's hard to keep up with everything. Now, throw in a global pandemic, a frenetic news cycle, an election, adjusting to a remote working environment, and maybe even trying to wrangle childcare. 

You have so many things on your plate that it's tempting to kick the can down the road on planning your virtual holiday party. Soon enough, pushing it back "just one more day" becomes one more week, becomes two weeks or longer. And then suddenly, you're scrambling, frantically trying to pull off a fun event for your team. 

We know it's hard to juggle everything. And planning your company's virtual holiday party can feel like just one more thing you don't have time for. But here's the silver lining of 2020:

This year, there is only ONE STEP to planning your company's virtual holiday party.

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

3 Reasons to Outsource Your Virtual Holiday Party Planning

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Oct 14, 2020 10:30:00 AM

Be honest. When you think of "virtual holiday party," what comes to mind is a computer screen filled with a million Zoom boxes. No one is actually engaging. It's a "virtual happy hour," but no one is actually happy. It's just kinda awkward and sad.

But wait. What if there's a better way to have a virtual holiday party?

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

Top 5 Icebreakers at your company holiday party

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Dec 5, 2019 9:30:00 AM

It’s that time of year again. There’s a chill in the air. Puffy jackets, hats and scarves are on. Your morning coffee is dressed up in a holiday cup. And your company holiday party is just around the corner.

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Topics: Holiday traditions, Holiday, Tips, Fun, Activities, company holiday party

It’s Not Magic: Tips to Get EVERYONE Playing at your next company event!

Posted by Natalie Simmons on May 1, 2019 9:15:00 AM

The experts have spoken: Play is more than just fun and games. But as HR professionals and people leaders, how can we be strategic in using play to engage your coworkers? How can we design experiences that make employees excited to raise their hand and jump in the game?

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Topics: Office Culture, Play, Team Building, Event Planning, Play at Work, Corporate Event Planning, Company Retreats, Ideas, Employee Engagement, Fun at Work, Connection, Culture, Employee Experience, Company Culture, Tips, Human Resources, diversity and inclusion, company events, Employee Appreciation, Fun, Play Personalities, Stuart Brown

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