4 Ways To Make Virtual Meetings Fun
Now that the country is starting to return to the office and as more and more businesses offer a Hybrid Office work environment for employees, virtual meeting fatigue is starting to set in. Why is it so much easier to stack up meetings back to back when they’re all virtual?
For the foreseeable future, virtual office environments will continue to be the norm. In a way, this is a great opportunity to turn things around from “another meeting, ugh” to something less anticlimactic and even exciting.
Here are a few ways to make virtual meetings more fun for you and for your colleagues.
Gamify Regular Experiences
Create quick challenges that don’t take up too much time, but give employees a chance to connect like a photography challenge. Who took the best photo this weekend? If your colleagues are dog people, start the meeting with a challenge to everyone to try to guess how many dogs bark throughout the call. Make it a themed meeting! Ask everyone to wear their Hawaiian shirts or sports theme swag.
For particularly long meetings, take a few minutes to ask your attendees to participate in a scavenger hunt. Put 10 minutes on the clock, and ask attendees to find random things in their homes. The first person to bring it back to the meeting gets a point. Tally up the points at the end of ten minutes to declare a winner. We’ve got a handy list of things to run a successful Scavenger Hunt here.
Bring in A Food or Drink Element
Take a break from meetings all together and offer a fun activity you can all do together like a virtual coffee or cheese tasting. Send a gift of coffee, branded mug, and notebook before the coffee tasting starts to make the meeting interactive! Give your colleagues a break. We all know that our co-workers are not usually at their desks all day long at the office, if we all have to be at our screens at home why not create a fun event out of it once in a while?
Ditch Awkward Ice Breakers
Spoiler Alert! No one likes Ice Breakers. The last thing anyone wants to do during a Zoom meeting is take turns talking about themselves. Please reserve these for new team members who don’t know anyone. If you must, use better questions than “What was your major in college?” or “What’s your favorite thing to do outside work?”. Encourage team members to get to know each other by assigning break out rooms for a few minutes at the start of the meeting.
Bring in Desk Stretches
Work ethic is different when you’re working from home. It’s easier to sit at your desk or on the couch or at the kitchen table much longer than intended. In your next virtual meeting, take a few minutes at the start of the call to do some desk stretches. And while you’re warming up your body, it’s also important to warm up your mind. Guide a quick grounding meditation to decrease anxiety in those who have meetings stacked up, and give your colleagues eyes and mind a quick break from the screen.
Lennox Co. is here to help make your virtual meetings better with our virtual experiences. Whether it’s a virtual yoga class coupled with branded yoga mats or a digital bartending class with shakers and ice trays mailed to your team, we turn “forced fun” into something everyone wants in on. Pairing gifts with an experience from one of our key experts is a great way to keep your team close, even when you’re not together.