Staying connected with your work team is important now more than ever. As schools, businesses, and corporations have moved their offices to their homes and are working remotely, staying connected through video conferencing and emails can feel stressful and distant. The importance of human connection isn’t just for seeing loved ones, its beneficial in all areas of life.
We’ve given tips before on how to create the perfect office happy hour, but how do you do that online? Fun fact, it doesn’t have to involve alcohol or anything related to it. Virtual happy hours are a great way to build strong team bonds with your employees from the comfort of your own home.
Office happy hours are a great way to relax and destress with your coworkers after a long day, so its no surprise that virtual happy hours would have the same effect. Get together with your team on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meetings, or wherever you do video conferencing and share stories, play games, and share a treat together. We’ve provided some tips down below on our favorite virtual happy hour ideas.
Outback Team Building
Ready to build a sense of community and family with your colleagues but don’t know where to start? Outback Team Building has you covered. They provide a full scale service of fun and exciting virtual team building games and activities for offices that have gone fully remote. It doesn’t matter where your team is located, everyone will be able to participate.
Outback Team Building offers four team building activities. These activities can be hosted by a member of your team or by a member of ours. Play games like Clue, Team Pursuit, Code Break, and Game Show Extravaganza.
Clue: Get your team together to solve the classic case of “whodunit” in this virtual edition of the deadly mixer mystery crime game.
Team Pursuit: Bring your team together as comrades for a fun night of various challenges ranging from physical, mental, mystery, and skill.
Code Break: Get your team together to solve puzzles, trivia, and riddles in a strategic online competition.
Game Show Extravaganza: Split your work team into groups and compete against each other in a fun filled virtual game show experience. Challenges range from pop culture trivia to guessing games with photos.
Outback Team Building has been used by top companies like H&M, Sony, and Microsoft. Consider this virtual happy hour idea if you have a larger team you would like to form stronger connections with.
Laughter On Call
During the extended time apart your team has faced, it is unsurprising that your colleagues may feel burnt out and disconnected. Nothing raises down and out moods like a little laughter. That’s where Laughter On Call comes in.
Laughter On Call is an interactive experience that provides your team with different improv exercises and activities. They provide services like “Happier Hour”, “Laughter Gym”, and “Improv Workshop”.
The Laughter On Call team is made up of stand-up and improv comedians. They originally started doing shows for Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients and families to get them to laugh and improve their mood, but since the pandemic began, the team of comedians has been working with companies and businesses to help their staff members enjoy themselves more and build team communities.
Have you ever played online drawing games like “Draw Something” or “Drawful”? Skribbl.io is going to be your office’s new favorite drawing game. Skribbl.io is a multiplayer online drawing game. A game is made up of multiple rounds where every round someone is given a word to draw and other players must try to guess what is being drawn. The person with the right answer gets a point. Whoever has the most points at the end wins.
Virtual Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt is a game where one person creates a list of specific items and everyone else in the group goes to look for those items. Once a person has found every item on the list, that person wins. This is a great way to get your office team together to play games and strengthen the bond of your team.
Some items you could include in your scavenger hunt are a coffee or tea mug, office supplies, hand sanitizer, a newspaper, etc. There are multiple templates for lists that you can use. We’ve included a website that has our favorites. Your scavenger hunts can be themed, have prizes at the end, and can be played more than once.
Virtual scavenger hunts are an exciting way to team build as they split up the everyday humdrum of the work week. They are low cost, entertaining, and boost company work ethic. Consider this virtual happy hour idea if you are looking for a low cost alternative to expensive virtual games and activities. =
Providing a theme for your virtual happy hour is a great way to increase the engagement of your work team. We’ve provided some of our favorite virtual happy hour ideas for themes.
Break out your bell-bottoms and tie-dye for a hippie inspired virtual happy hour. Have your colleagues dress up in their best 70’s attire and accessories. Offer a fun virtual disco background to add to your screens. Create interesting conversation by sharing your favorite 70’s music or playing 1970’s bingo or trivia.
A black tie event is a more sophisticated social gathering where participants dress in formal apparel. Black tie events are usually in the form of galas, award ceremonies, and balls. Black Tie events have since gone virtual since the pandemic began, so try hosting a virtual black tie event for your colleagues.
Have your coworkers and staff dress up in formal clothing such as gowns, suits, or other fancy attire. Use a food delivery service such as DoorDash or UberEats, to deliver hor d’oeuvres. Deliver your worker’s favorite bottled alcoholic beverage. Black Tie virtual events are perfect for fundraising.
Life’s A Beach
Having a beach backdrop is a great way to get your employees feeling relaxed. Help them unwind by creating a fun, carefree, happy hour.
Set up your virtual backgrounds in a tropical setting. Create a summer playlist with common beach themed songs like “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by The Beach Boys and “Soak Up The Sun” by Cheryl Crow. Send out recipes for beach themes drinks like Pina Colada’s and daiquiris. Dress up in your best sunglasses and Hawaiian shirts.
Netflix and Drinks
With this virtual happy hour idea, bring Netflix or your favorite streaming service to work! Talk about your favorite shows you and your coworkers are currently binge watching. Send out treat bags full of popcorn or movie theater boxed candies. Play movie trivia. Dress in pjs or comfy clothes.
Happy Hour Tips
Make your coworkers feel included and close together by sending them all treat baskets of snacks that they can all enjoy. Consider sending treat boxes like SnackCrate, MunchPak, CandyClub, or Naturebox.
MunchPak boxes come with an assortment of the most popular snacks from around the world. They come with full sized snacks from different countries. These boxes come as a subscription so keep that in mind if you are interested in purchasing multiple. Looking for something similar to MunchPak boxes? Try SnackCrate!
CandyClub: Candy Club provides a decadent selection of candy delivered straight to your colleagues doors. Candy selection ranges from licorice to jellybeans to sour straws.
NatureBox: Nature Box provides five delicious and healthy snacks every month to your colleagues’ doors. Their snacks are made of heart healthy ingredients and zero artificial additives.
Send out Favors
Make your colleagues time worth while by sending out festive and custom happy hour favors that everyone will enjoy.
Personalized Cocktail Kit: Find out your team member’s drink of choice and send out personalized cocktail kits. The kits come with everything you need to make the perfect cocktail, a recipe card, and coaster. They come in margarita, old fashioned, hot toddy, champagne, and the Bloody Mary. All of these kits can be screen printed and laser engraved with your company name and logo on them.
Personalized Koozies: If cocktails aren’t everyone’s speed, think about sending out personalized beverage koozies instead. These insulators are made with premium foam and come in a multitude of colors for many customizable options. There is space on the koozie for your company’s name and logo.
Yeti Wine Tumbler: Do your coworkers not like beer or liquor? Try sending out customized wine tumblers. These Yeti wine glasses are made of stainless steel and come in a variety of colors. They are able to be digitally and laser engraved with your company’s name or logo on one side.
Don’t Make Attendance Mandatory
After work events such as virtual happy hours or after hour team building events should not be mandatory. People should be able to say no to these events. Making after work events mandatory does not help boost company morale and team building. Create a virtual happy hour that your employees will want to attend. This will make sure people who missed out on the event will want to come to the next one.
However you decide to throw your next virtual happy hour, let us help you make it perfect. Chat with us now to discuss personalized favors for whatever theme you desire! Be Safe and Happy Happy Hour!