The meeting and event industry is no stranger to crisis. Natural disasters, political unrest, health scares, or an unimaginable act can happen at any time, anywhere in the world. Event organisers must be prepared to pivot and act quickly. You’ve likely dealt with one-off event disruptions for years, and hopefully have a crisis management plan in place to address those situations. But when massive, widespread disruption strikes, the stakes are even higher.
As we enter the second month of the Covid 19 crisis, a lot of the talk within the events industry has honed in on the need for diversification by way of virtual events and meetings. Perhaps understandably so given that the live events industry has come to an almost complete standstill. However, are we placing too much emphasis on the need for companies to diversify into the virtual sphere once we finally reach the daylight at the end of this unprecedented tunnel?
Everybody who works in the event industry knows how vital it is to maintain strong engagement levels with their participants. High ratings and positive feedback often follow when event organizers are able to successfully involve participants throughout a meeting! There are plenty of good activities to use in a physical meeting in order to promote engagement, but what if the participants are participating virtually and calling in through a conference platform?
During these challenging times, we need to make sure we are checking in with our team members, to make sure they are OK. This not only means their physical health, but also their mental health. Regular catch up calls with your team members, where you turn your camera on, can really help with the human connection that we are missing. At Shocklogic, we practice mindfulness as a team. This includes an online conference call, where we all participate in a mindful breathing exercise.
Remote work is the future.
A 2018 Global report states that 52% of workers work from home at least once every week, while 18% of people work remotely full-time. Work flexibility is also an increasingly important requirement for many workers. 61% of people have left or are considering leaving their current job because of the lack of work flexibility.