One of the recent trends has been digital or virtual happy hours with friends, family, and coworkers. Conversations around the world have shifted to virtual happy hours, increasing 1505% in March of 2020! Here are some helpful tips to make yours more successful, and avoid the awkward happy hour flop.
Virtual Happy Hour Setup
While our favorite is Zoom, there are many other options for the software to use when virtually chatting with your friends or team. FaceTime, GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, or one of the other fifty or so options all have their benefits. Try to get in an area that is well-lit, quiet, and will have minimal distractions and interruptions. With the entire country practicing social distancing, however, companies are well aware that interruptions do happen, and it’s the norm these days to expect the unexpected during a virtual hangout.
Virtual Happy Hour AgendaGetting together virtually with your team on a Friday at 3pm to celebrate the weekend is a great way to close out a busy week. Gone are the barhopping team building days of the past, and virtual happy hours are the new normal. However, staring at a 4x4 grid of faces is a bit more awkward than hanging out at the bar, so it’s best practice to have something (aside from cocktails) to break the ice.
We recommend games like trivia, jeopardy, two truths and a lie, or our absolute favorite the Jackbox Party Pack series. Jackbox has seen a huge increase in downloads since the pandemic hit and many team building events have already started a weekly ritual of spinning up one of the many games the Party Pack’s include. Usually this involves using a streaming service like Twitch, Mixer, or Youtube live to stream the game to your remote teams, but pair up the hilarious games with a few cocktails and your virtual happy hour gets far more entertaining!
Virtual Happy Hour CocktailsPrepare your cocktails, snacks, appetizers, and accouterments before happy hour starts. We obviously suggest our amazing handcrafted cocktails, which are available for same-day delivery within the greater Los Angeles area, and next day delivery to the entire state of California. Having cocktails sent to your team is an easy way to ensure that every member of your team has a cocktail ready to ‘cheers’ to at the end of the week.
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