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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

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

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

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 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 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

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

Choose Your Own Adventure: What event should you plan for your team?

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

Decisions, decisions. 

Every team has dynamic personalities and varied interests, so sometimes it's tough to figure out what kind of virtual event is fun and engaging for everyone. Trust us: the answer is NOT to just plan something bland and generic. Come along with us, we're going on a Choose Your Own Adventure joyride!

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Topics: company events, company party, virtual events, virtual company events, olympics

Summer Games: Why Virtual Company Olympics are the PERFECT Team-Building Event

Posted by Natalie Simmons on May 12, 2021 10:30:00 AM

The Olympic Games may have been postponed last year, but that only makes us more excited for this year's Summer Games. And we're not just talking about Tokyo... we're talking about a can't lose virtual summer event that is perfect for any company looking to have fun, stay connected, and play to win!

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Topics: virtual events, virtual company events, summer events, olympics

Gift Boxes: The Secret to Taking Your Virtual Event to the Next Level

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Apr 14, 2021 10:15:00 AM

We love how many of our clients keep asking us about the next big thing in virtual events. They want to stay at the head of the class, leading the way on the newest and most innovative new ideas. So, what have we been telling them? What are the best and most exciting developments in virtual events? Gift box activations. Here's why.

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Topics: virtual events, care packages, gift boxes

3 Ways to Bring Spring Cleaning Mentality into Your Work Life

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Mar 31, 2021 10:30:00 AM

The weather is warming up, the flowers are blooming, and the daylight keeps stretching longer and longer. It feels like everything is getting better now that spring is finally here!

If you're like us, spring also makes us think about the soul-cleansing experience of "spring cleaning." But we're not talking about dusting the bookshelves or putting away your winter wardrobe. We're here to give you some amazing ways to bring that same rejuvenating cleanliness to your work life.

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Topics: Mental Health, Work Life Balance, Company Culture, virtual events, spring cleaning

3 Important Reasons to Do a Virtual Take Our Kids to Work Day in 2021

Posted by Natalie Simmons on Mar 24, 2021 10:15:00 AM

Like almost everything this year, National Take Our Daughters and Sons to WorkTM Day is going to look and feel pretty different. But there's enormous value in continuing the tradition, especially in a year when our home and work lives are endlessly overlapping. 

Why should your company adapt your Take Your Kids to Work Day if there's no office? Will kids take away valuable learnings from a virtual experience? The answer is yes, yes, a thousand times yes! Here's why.

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Topics: virtual events, take our sons and daughters to work day, take your kids to work day

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

Boosting Your Company's Morale Through Uncertain Times

Posted by Jia Bamerk on Dec 9, 2020 10:25:00 AM

This year has brought a lot of bad news, from the continuous rise in COVID cases to the uncertainty of the job market and beyond. More than ever, it’s important for businesses to keep everyone’s spirits up to maintain a happy workforce. “When employees feel their best, they perform their best, encouraging their co-workers to follow suit,” according to Business News Daily.

If you’re looking to boost your employees’ morale today, here are some things you can consider.

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Topics: digital company events, virtual events, virtual company events, company morale, employee morale

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