It's finally here. The summer season which millions of people expected would push us closer to a 'return to normal' is upon us. Many companies predicted or planned months ago that the slow return to the office would happen in earnest through the summer and fall of 2021.
Virtual events, the only event option many of us had for the better part of a year, are slowing down just a bit as organizers and planners determine how they need to engage and reach their audience. Will it be at the office or remote? Should we schedule events or give people a summer break from Zoom meetings? What of those who ARE returning to the office...how do we make it special to be back?
Interesting trends are emerging that answer that last question. From food to music, new sanitation standards and layout changes, companies are experimenting with all sorts of ways to make the 'return-to-office' a little more fun. LinkedIn highlighted another trend in this same vein last week when they noticed thousands of selfies being posted by people around the world celebrating their return or 'first day back'.
At Snapbar, we love using visual media to get people excited and bring them together. Our products were used at thousands of virtual events over the last year and are now being used for hybrid and in-person events, including ideas like 'return-to-office' selfies.
As many offices reopen for the first time since the pandemic began, LinkedIn members around the world are sharing pictures of their return to the workplace. Some are likening the experience to a "first day at school," marked in many cases by entirely different office configurations and "new" faces of colleagues who have only ever met virtually.
Here are 3 easy ways to use Snapbar to make the employee experience more engaging as they venture back to HQ.
1. Use Virtual Booth To Take Fun, Branded 'Return-To-Office' Selfies
Our Photo Booth Platform makes it easy for anyone to scan a QR code or access a link via their mobile device. From there, a custom photo experience can be run on a web browser and lets users take selfies, brand them, apply stickers to them and create fun, unique content that's ready to be shared on social media or internal company apps like Slack, Microsoft Teams, Yammer, etc...
2. Use Galleries And Virtual Mosaic To Collect Or Display Team Selfies
As an extension of the easy, app-less virtual photo booth, our clients love to collect and display the content their teams or audiences create. Using our galleries and virtual mosaic options is simple and make fantastic 'statement pieces' when displayed on screens LIVE or sent to teams post-event or post-campaign. Getting people excited about their return to the office is important and sharing that excitement is one way to encourage those who are still on the fence.
If your company is adopting a hybrid model, the virtual photo booth makes it easy, once again, to create experiences for either group...those working from the office and those continuing to work from home. Creating experiences that bring the team together, regardless of location, remains the most important opportunity.
3. Use Integrated Surveys To Poll Team Members
An option during the virtual photo booth process is layering an integrated survey into the experience. Using surveys to quickly and easily poll team members on what they're most excited about for their return to the office, or asking them what they'd most like to see now that they're back, is an easy win and provides a simple way to ask team members for feedback or insight.
The 'return-to-office' novelty will be a short lived experience, something we might never experience again en masse. Using every opportunity to encourage and excite your team about collaboration, community and company culture is important. Snapbar products provide an easy way to engage and connect people to each other, to ideas, and to their company itself.
We'd love an opportunity to tell you more about how our clients are using Snapbar products, so please let us know how we can help.