Welcome to the new normal. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, so much has changed in the past 6 months since the Covid-19 pandemic took the world by storm affecting almost all industries in a negative way and the teambuilding & events industry was no different.
Are things going to get back to normal anytime soon? When can we start planning events again? What are some measures your company will be putting in place?
Today, we answer some of the most popular questions we’ve been getting. We hope it comes into handy.
Disclaimer: At the current moment, as an organization, after pondering the different measures, we’ve made the decision not to take on any physical events regardless of size for the safety of all participants as well as our team until we are 100% sure it is safe to do so. Could we change our stance in Phase 3? Maybe, but only if the government and our team is absolutely sure no-one is at risk. For now, we are sticking to virtual team building events.
However, if you are exploring an event and your group is really small, here are some doodlings from our team discussion of measures to include should we open up for events. We hope this helps you in planning and finding a provider.
Yes, you can start planning for one in future phases to keep the option open but no, we don’t think you should be planning for any event in Phase 2.
Here are two reasons why. We do have a few more reasons but this post is already long enough so maybe we’ll release it sometime in the future or you can drop us an email and we’ll be happy to share more.
Hmmm… we wish we had an idea but like you, we are not too sure ourselves. Will events ever go back to normal or will it be a new normal?
However, in the interest of planning ahead, for starters, consider looking at a date 3-5 months down the road hopefully in Phase 3 or more to work towards. For events organized by us, we currently allow conversions of events from physical to virtual with 1-week notice. The best part, we’ll refund you the difference in cost. If you are still exploring, check in with the various providers to see if they can allow this flexibility. This way, it allows you to have a backup plan and more importantly a peace of mind.
At the end of the day, both options allow for team bonding & team building across teams. However, each option has a different value proposition.
On the physical team building front, it provides a lot more human and physical interaction allowing for stronger bonds to be build across teams, better communication and a much higher engagement level.
For virtual events, it provides a means for teams to stay connected and build bonds virtually especially in a time where everyone is adjusting to work from home and the idea of remote working. At the same time, it’s a lot lower in cost as organizations no longer need to procure a venue for it and l and it saves a ton of traveling time.
Will virtual events replace physical events totally in the future? Highly unlikely because there are many benefits to meeting physically. However, will virtual events vanish once a vaccine is found? NO.
The one positive thing about COVID-19 pandemic is that it has forced many companies including ourselves to turn to technology to grow and move forward. As event organizers, we’ve seen how powerful a tool virtual team building events can be and I believe many clients are also seeing it’s added benefit in these trying times. With that being said, we are quite sure this something teams might explore as an alternative option in all team building events moving forward especially for teams spread out around the world.
Similar to what we shared when we first launched virtual team-building, our stance has not changed. Times are tough and morale is at much lower levels right now so we want to play our part to impact as many companies as we can who at this point are facing severe budget cuts whilst defraying cost to ensure all of our team members can continue to keep their jobs and stay on with us as well as to maintain our consistent quality across events.
Keeping it as affordable as we can also allows us to take on more events providing jobs to our part-time facilitation team as part-time jobs dry up during this period.
Well, that’s it folks for this round of answers. Check back in as we share our thoughts and answers on another batch of questions soon.
Till then, #stayhealthy & #staysafe.