Ensuring maximum engagement at a team social doesn't just happen; it requires careful planning. Here's how to create a memorable and engaging experience.
The first step to maximizing engagement is to ensure the activity you select is inclusive of everyone's abilities and interests. If you're planning a cooking and baking event, for example, offer gluten-free and vegan options to cater to all dietary restrictions.
Clearly Communicate Expectations
It’s essential to set the tone before the event. Clearly communicate the purpose of the event and what to expect. For instance, if it’s a drink crafting event, let everyone know they will learn how to make three unique cocktails.
Break the Ice
Not everyone is comfortable in social situations. Break the ice with a short game or activity to get everyone relaxed and talking. An improv workshop can do wonders for loosening up the crowd.
Use Teams for Competitive Activities
If your event includes competitive elements like scavenger hunts, divide participants into teams. This promotes cooperation and offers a chance for less vocal team members to shine.
Make It Personal
Personal touches can make an event feel special. For example, at a pop-up wellness day, provide personalized goodie bags with an assortment of tea blends and skincare products.
Offer Prizes or Incentives
Offering small rewards can encourage participation. At a trivia night, for example, consider giving away gift cards to the winners.
Keep Time in Mind
Events shouldn't feel rushed nor should they drag on forever. If you're hosting a painting and printing session, ensure there's enough time for everyone to complete their projects without feeling hurried.
If you're hosting multiple activities, rotate them to keep the energy fresh. For instance, you could start with a pop-up yoga class and then transition into a sushi-making class.
Engage Remote Team Members
Don’t forget about remote team members. Record parts of the event or make certain activities available virtually to include everyone.
After the event, send out a short survey to gather feedback. This will help you plan future events that are even more engaging.
When you're ready to bring your team social to life, Spaciously offers a variety of experiences that will help you maximize engagement and ensure a memorable time for all.