As a company that is currently fully remote, we at Aronson Advertising have had to get creative with team bonding sessions. This can range anywhere from playing word games during virtual team meetings to staying connected via the team group chat. Each team has quarterly get togethers, with outings that run the gamut from team lunches to mini golfing to ghost tours. What are some of the benefits of these team outings?
Get to Know Each Other
As SEO Director Jessica Eugene put it, “What I really enjoyed about both events [Fat Rosie’s Bar and Congo River mini golf], is the fact that we could do things together and disconnect from work to get to know each other better. It really helped bring everyone closer together. We also have a few new people on the teams that we haven’t met in person yet, so it was really good to get to meet them and build that relationship.”
SEM Manager Marina Klyavina added, “All these activities are great team building events. We solve problems, compete, help each other, or just enjoy a good conversation. Since we only see each other virtually on a daily basis, the team always looks forward to our team outings.” Marina’s team has gone to “Topgolf in Schaumburg (games and lunch), Feed My Starving Children (volunteering), and Chipotle (lunch in a park).”
Experience New Things
One of the manager team outings was a restaurant tour in Chicago called a Secret Food Tour! As Content Team Manager Kayla Kinney described it, “Restaurants aren’t revealed until you get to the spot, and one of the food items is kept a ‘secret.’” The tour “also included some architectural history of famous buildings, like the Harold Washington Library.”
Learn While Having Fun
Another manager team outing was a Chicago Gangster and Ghost Tour. “This was a historical walking tour in the Loop/riverwalk area of spots where Al Capone and his gang ‘conducted business.’” Kayla Kinney reminisced. The spooky aspect of the tour was really emphasized when “we ended the tour in Grant Park with the fog rolling in, which made for a fitting way to end a ghost tour!”
Get Some Fresh Air
One of the recent Content Team outings was to the Chicago Athenaeum International Sculpture Park in Schaumburg! It was a lovely spring day perfect for walking. We saw a variety of sculptures that ranged from abstract to contemporary. One of the highlights of the sculpture park was a ginormous statue of a Greek goddess called the “Awaking Muse.” The muse is depicted laying with her body buried in a hillside. We sat beside this sculpture and the pleasant fountain burbling nearby and conversed until it was time to head back.
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