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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Jon Huggett - Founder & CEO

A great set of events to help keep spirits up and teams connected during lockdown. Especially appreciated the flexible and creative approach. Many thanks.
Adele Cox
Excellent fun and fully engaged activity, completely loved it ???? Thank you so much.
Himabindu Vutukuri
I thought the event was excellent - informal, fun & very engaging!
B. A. Nimmo
I really enjoyed the exercise and was honestly quite surprised at just how engaged with the activity I became.
Richard White
Enjoyable virtual event. I liked the theme and imaginative art class to make it a fun group event.
Conor Morris
A very entertaining experience... we had to make decisions and work together. And we also got a sense of achievement - I can’t draw and produced 2 decent superheroes. An excellent activity.
Elizabeth Donachie
A great event which made was a lot of fun! At first I was nervous to try the task but by the end I wanted to do more!
Lisa Redpath
Enjoyable event and well run, enjoyed our 3 hours with EML.
David Rodman
Good afternoon of activities and being in the winning team topped the day, thank you for the prize.
Adrienne Cousins
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
The EML virtual team building event was well organised and entertaining. Tasks were interactive and challenging in a fun and relaxed environment.
Brandon Lee Maharaj
It was fun and I loved the energy this brought out of us as a team.
Clinton De Klerk
Great and fun team-building event. Enjoyed!!!
Christopher Dahwa
Perfect. From initial enquiry to event day. I’m really pleased with the session. We had a short meeting pre activities and then 4 fun team games. The event staff were really helpful and professional all the way through.
EML delivered a great virtual training afternoon for our new Graduates, Undergraduates & Apprentices. Everyone found it to be a fun and engaging afternoon.
Victoria Goodwin
Super fun virtual event, the team are friendly and entertaining. Thank you so much Neil and Jon.
Thank you EML for a great virtual team building Christmas party. Everyone had a great time and this virtual option created a great opportunity to stay in touch with our colleagues and have some Christmas fun. I've received lovely feedback from staff - they really appreciated the event.
Sue Quick
Thanks for organising and facilitating our online Christmas social. I've had some great feedback from the participants and it was lovely to do something together even though we couldn't meet face to face.
Michelle Hammersley
Great fun, thank you.
Simon Elkins
Well organised and good fun - many thanks to EML Team.
Mark Roberts
Great fun, engaging and well organised :o)
Belinda Mitchell
Thank you so much for organising a very interesting and fun event... it gave staff an opportunity to work together in different ways and helped to develop our team skills. I'd recommend similar online events to other organisations.
Isla Boadle
Great fun had by all. Both inclusive and engaging. We will be looking to use EML again next year.
John Williams, ECCTIS

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