3 Ideas For A Productive AND COVID Safe Conference Team Building Event

3 Ideas For A Productive AND COVID Safe Conference Team Building Event

There are a lot of nerves around team events in 2022.

Reconnecting teams after an awful two years is high on companies to do lists but doing this safely is a challenge.

Here are 3 ideas to help ensure that you get the balance right between your need for a covid safe conference teambuilding events and the need to reconnect.

1. Start With An Icebreaker

Suddenly being in a room with 400 people is going to feel a bit weird. There’s no getting around it. When your people sit down they will potentially feel awkward or anxious.

An appropriately pitched ice breaker in the format of either a breakout chat or maybe a quick fire quiz game will distract and settle people more quickly.

The icebreaker is not a waste of time, it will increase delegate engagement levels and the productivity of the following more ‘meaty sessions’ delivered by your SLT.


2. Get Your People Moving & Talking

We’ve spent two years sat on our bums in front of a screen. Don’t invite them to travel across the country to just sit in front of more screens.

Whenever you can get your people up and moving and mingling – DO IT!

We often use team activities that, although undertaken in table teams, still require the teams to interact with each other.

Finally, if you can, give each table / team their own equipment to minimise handling.


3. Involve Remote Workers

Things have changed and remote working is here to stay. The role that remote working will play will differ from organisation to organisation. You can count on the fact that a percentage of your workforce will be remoting in to your conference.

It’s important not to leave these team members out of your team building events however and so make sure that you that you involve them at the planning stage. Make them a virtual team (activity allowing) or use them as a resource for the teams in the room.

The activity itself is not as important as remote workers feeling engaged and connecting with as many people as possible outside of the usual weekly team zoom pulse dynamic.


Finally – go easy on yourself! We’re all working this out as we go. Fingers crossed it will keep getting easier.

We’ve been able to do this a few times now and have had learn quickly how best to adapt our activities to post COVID conferences.

If you’re a bit busy for this and just want to skip the outcomes i.e. a more engaged, more connected team then why not give us a shout and book a no hassle / no commitment chat with us?

We’d love to share our experience and get on your radar for future events. Obviously if we can take it off your hands and deliver a covid safe conference team building event then perfect!

Get in touch!

Email info@www.emlteam.test to get started.

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“EML have been absolutely amazing from the very beginning – their proposed team building activities have helped us achieve the objectives of our learning event while also having lots of fun! Very much looking forward to the next opportunity to work together!”

Rebeca Fartusnic | Associate Director | Deloitte

Professional, knowledgeable and friendly team to work with from beginning to end. Thank you for making our day a great success!
Caroline Greenfield | Aramco Overseas
You actually listened to the criteria I asked and followed up with a call to discuss options, out of 4 contacted no other company did that.
Michelle Duberry | Galliford Try
Really enjoyed working with Jon, Ruth and the team, exceptional customer service and support, would definitely work with you again.
Nicola Newman | The AA
Great day had a wonderful time thank you to all the team for making it such a successful event with many happy memories.
Mark Hoggard | Depuy J&J
Very professional and engaging company to work with. Great ideas and energy on the day resulted in some excellent staff feedback.
Jenny James | RoSPA
Just a big thank you again for a brilliant date. So well organised from start to finish and the team on the day were all amazing. Everyone had a great time and the feedback has been brilliant.
Laura Heaton | Hazlewoods
We have had lots of positive feedback from many members of staff. They really enjoyed all the activities and felt that it allowed them to have fun and to get to know colleagues better. Thank you!
Sonia Johnson | Bracknell Forest CC
Brilliant facilitation, really understood our needs and worked with us to create something amazing. Feedback from staff has been really positive. They were engaged, and it really did support us in our messaging. Thank you!
Clare Salerno | Saints FC
Many thanks to Neil and Ruth for leading our virtual team building exercise... Many laughs were had while scrambling to collect the twenty items...!!! The Murder Mystery was my favourite and my team winning was the icing on the cake. The Haka showed how uncoordinated we are but the laughs ...just proves what an enjoyable experience we all had.
Suzanne Mitchell | Beckton, Dickinson & Co
Our team really enjoyed the event - they are already asking when we can do another!
Karen Wilson, | Zhero
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Victoria Goodwin | Croudace Homes
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Michelle Hammersley | GKN Aerospace
Great fun had by all. Both inclusive and engaging. We will be looking to use EML again next year.
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