How To Host A Virtual Happy Hour
It's been nearly a year since we all started working from home. Despite high-performing employees, you get a feeling more employees are feeling disengaged. You have had plenty of Zoom video chats, and google meets where you never saw anyone's face.
When you have disengaged employees, they start looking for where the grass is greener. You also know disengaged employees lead to lower customer satisfaction and a hurting bottom line.
You need an employee engagement strategy. You need to learn how to hose a virtual happy hour for your team's sanity.
How To Host A Virtual Happy Hour
That sounds like a ton of work, but DRNXMYTH wants to make the process incredibly simple. Here is your step-by-step guide to hosting your very own virtual happy hour.
1. Figure Out a Time
Arguably the most difficult part of the virtual happy hour is scheduling the event itself. With everyone working everywhere, you have to figure out timezones, flexible work schedules, deadlines, and honestly just personal preference.
We don't recommend a virtual happy hour after 12:00 (anyone's time) on a Friday unless you are going to let people off work early. Even your most highly engaged employees just want to enjoy their weekend.
On a Thursday though, people are a bit more willing to do a virtual happy hour. They think of it as a way to ease into the almost weekend. Also consider Wednesday. It’s a celebration of making it half way through the week.
Just don’t do it on a Monday. If you do it on Monday, your employees will feel like you’re trying to hard. Don’t be your dad wearing crocs, cargo shorts, and a graphic tee trying to be cool with your friends. It’s not a good look.
2. What are you Going to Meet on?
If your company already has established ways of meeting virtually, no worries. Move on to the next step.
If you don't have clearly established ways of meeting through something like Zoom, Go-To-Meeting, or any of the other thousand options, Google Meeting (previously known as Google Hangouts) has a free version of their meeting software you can use as long as you have a Gmail account.
All you have to do is create a calendar event, and ensure you add a google meeting to it.
Check out this article from Google on how to Start a Google Meeting for detailed instructions.
3. BYOB or Company Provided?
You've got your time scheduled, and everyone has the correct link (probably). Now for the happy hour part. Do you want to ask your employees to bring their own beverage, or do you as a company provide the drinks for your employees? Well, you are going to have much higher employee satisfaction with the event if you provide the booze.
The thoughts of your employees go from "They want us to log onto a call to drink with our coworkers?" to "I get to take a break from work, and get a drink? Yeah, I'll be there." when you provide the drinks.
Here's the problem. That's a freaking logistical nightmare. Everyone is working everywhere. You have to ship the drinks to all those different addresses. Postage alone is going to cost as much as the drinks themselves.
Here the solution. We partner with you to deliver freshly mixed cocktails to every employee before your virtual happy hour and you get all of the credit. Boom. Social distancing and a better employee experience all in one easy package.
4. Ask Your Employee How it Went
Every company is different. Some employees may want to have breakout groups where they can get to talk in smaller groups. Some employees may want to just have a big group where they can goof off and play a game. You won't know for sure what is best with your organization unless you ask how it went.
Use a survey to measure employee engagement with your virtual happy hour. You should ask questions like:
- Did you attend the virtual happy hour?
- If not, why?
- What did you enjoy about the virtual happy hour?
- What would you want to see differently in the next virtual happy hour?
- What would you want to see added to the next virtual happy hour?
- Do you have any ideas on what we should do for the next virtual event?
Questions like these will help you assess what's working and what isn't. These events take time and money. You want to ensure they are improving levels of employee engagement.
To get the best results, you may consider making the survey an anonymous survey. Most people will provide more honest feedback knowing that they aren't going to be associated with their answer.
If you don't have a way to survey your employees, consider using Google forms. You can easily create a custom survey for free.
5. Get to Planning
Following these steps, you will have a killer virtual happy hour. Start figuring out the best days and times for people in your organization for a virtual happy hour. Then Start the Group Delivery Process with DRNXMYTH so you can get your entire company freshly mixed cocktails without having to deal with the nightmare of figuring out all the logistical details.
To see what cocktails you could get your company, check out our full line of cocktails. Maybe get one for yourself. Just to try. You can expense it.