This past year, the worldwide pandemic has paused many events and gatherings. However, an abundance of people are now planning to host socially distanced events in the not-so-distant future. Businesses all over are now opting to host socially distanced events, especially since coworkers are now eager to see each other in-person again and employers are looking to create a friendly atmosphere for their employees.
While you may feel like it’s impossible to host a corporate event while also keeping your guests safe and healthy, there are many simple and easy ways you can still host a fun and exciting event for your employees that encourages them to stay six feet apart. We’ve compiled a list of a few tips to help you plan your company’s next socially distanced corporate event.
Host your event outdoors
Outdoor events are now very popular thanks to the CDC’s guidance about indoor events posing more of a risk than outdoor events. Outdoor events provide a more relaxing atmosphere, and you can host one anywhere, from a park to a luxury golf course. If you are worried about poor weather, you can rent a tent to provide guests with full coverage. Tents also contribute to the aesthetics of an event, creating a sweeping canopy over guests.
Plan team building activities
Since you probably want your event attendees to have fun and bond, planning team building activities for your employees is a great idea. You’ll want to plan games that require no physical contact between people and allow guests to stay six feet apart. These types of games usually ask people to sit or stand in a circle, or complete tasks in separate areas. Some games you could play include Two Truths and a Lie, Never Have I Ever, or other icebreaker activities.
Offer hand sanitizer stations
Hand sanitizer stations can provide guests with peace of mind. Plus, you can dress up a hand sanitizer station with decorations to make it look more appealing. You can even include signs to help encourage people to use the station.
Use a plated menu
More people are choosing to serve their food plated instead of buffet style at events. When you choose to serve food plated, your guests won’t need to congregate around a buffet table, and you won’t need to worry about people sharing serving utensils. Plated service can be beneficial because everyone at the table gets their food at the same time. Plated menus take away from the stress of a crowd of people at your event and will allow your employees to relax while they are served their food.
Consider the layout
Outdoor events provide more space for guests to move around. When you choose to have an outdoor event, you’ll be able to easily spread out your guests’ seating, and you’ll be able to be creative with the seating layout if needed. Consider different types of tables for seating at your event, including larger round tables and banquet tables. That way, you’ll be able to spread out seating more easily. Providing enough space for guests at your event will allow them to be at ease and enjoy the event.
Give out face masks
To encourage guests to wear face masks at your event, you could give out customized masks as favors. Consider getting creative with the masks, including giving out themed ones. That way, the masks will match the theme of your corporate event, and guests will be able to stay healthy and safe throughout the event.
Ready to host your event
After following these steps, you’ll be ready for your socially distanced corporate event. You’ll be able to bond with your employees and show your appreciation for them—plus everyone will be surrounded by an exciting atmosphere that is safe for all. Your corporate event will be a hit and your employees will be able to spend time bonding with one another in-person.
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