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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

Don't Kid Yourself! Virtual Connections are Real Connections

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Aug 11, 2021 1:00:00 PM

Plenty of companies have held off as long as they could, delaying from planning company events, in hopes that the whole team would be back together in the office soon...

But then the Delta variant arrived. So, now it's time to face facts. Virtual events foster virtual connection. And in today's workplace, virtual connections are every bit as real as in-person.

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Topics: virtual events, virtual company events, virtual team-building

How the Delta Variant Is Impacting Company Events

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Aug 4, 2021 10:15:00 AM

With COVID case numbers increasing due to the Delta variant, we've noticed some trends amongst our clients. We know there's a lot of uncertainty and that you may be trying to suss out what's happening so that you can make the best decisions for your own company. Here's what we're seeing in the market.

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Topics: Team Building, covid-19, virtual company events, virtual team-building

How to Pull Off a Seamless Global Event for Your Company

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Jul 28, 2021 10:30:00 AM

So, your company has employees in multiple time zones, across the country or across the globe. And you want them to feel together and united, even if they're working remotely or from different offices. You want to plan and execute a global event that is fun, fresh, and focused. Well, we're here to tell you how to make it happen.

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Topics: company events, virtual events, global event

The 4 Most Important Things for Creating a Positive Company Culture

Posted by Samantha Roblin on Jul 14, 2021 10:15:00 AM

At work, we spend most of our time creating fun events for our clients. But these events are not JUST intended for fun. They have the much bigger, broader, and more important goal of helping companies build a stronger, more positive company culture. How do we do it? 

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Topics: Company Culture

The 6 Things Your Employees Want from Company Events

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Jul 7, 2021 10:15:00 AM

We're constantly reviewing feedback from the events we host, looking for details of what went well so we can build from it. And from poring through that data, we've found some consistent trends of what employees want. Here's what we found.

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Topics: company events, virtual events, best practices

52 Connections: It's Like Speed Dating, but for Work Friends

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Jun 23, 2021 10:15:00 AM

Have you ever wondered how to make it less awkward to get to know your colleagues? Whether colleagues who have been acquainted for years but don't really have a tight bond or a class of new hires, there must be a way to make this process easier and more fun. Right? 

Abso-freaking-lutely! So we thought about it and created something fun, fast, and friendly. It's called 52 Connections. Trust us, you're going to want to grab our deck of cards and start playing.

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Topics: Connection, company events, Games, Activities, virtual company events

How to Plan Your Company Event Like You're an Olympian

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

For the past month, the sports world has been abuzz with jaw-dropping performances of the world's top athletes, as they attempt to qualify for this summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo. From well-known names like Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky, and Serena Williams to new, exciting athletes like Caeleb Dressel (swimming) and Noah Lyles (sprinter), the Olympics are going to be must-see content for the summer.

We're so inspired by these athletes that we thought we'd apply some of their lessons to planning your company event.

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Topics: company events, virtual company events, olympics

Improve Your Virtual & Zoom Meetings with These 4 Best Practices!

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Jun 9, 2021 10:15:00 AM

After working from home for a while, your team may have fallen into some bad habits around your virtual meetings. Maybe the meetings drag on a bit. Maybe they lack focus or don't get the results you need. Maybe employees are tuned out because it's hard to get a word in.

Well, after months of hosting and managing large events, working with our clients to understand how their organizations work best, we're ready to share what we've learned.

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Topics: virtual meetings, meetings, best practices

Pride: Why authenticity matters most of all.

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Jun 2, 2021 12:25:00 PM

Now that it's June, you many notice lots of companies changing their social media identities to the rainbow flag.

Yes, Pride is here... And there! And everywhere! At best, it's exciting and educational and a chance to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community and connect authentically with coworkers. But at worst, it's viewed as nothing more than a corporate stunt, and could get your company called out. 

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Topics: Pride, pride month

Should You Plan a Virtual or In-Person Event? The 2021 Dilemma.

Posted by Natalie Simmons on May 26, 2021 10:18:00 AM

Many of our clients have started announcing or rolling out their "return to office" policies for the year. While the progress toward normalcy feels SO great, it does make planning your company team-building events a little bit more complicated. Should you wait it out or risk cancellation and do in-person? Should you stick with virtual? And how do you know whether you're making the right choice?

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Topics: Team Building, company events, digital company events, virtual events, digital events

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