Covid-19 has forced most of us to work from home. While that may be the safest option right now, there’s nothing wrong with admitting that we miss catching up with our colleagues after work or planning team outings to resorts/ amusement parks. Experts feel that relationships at the workplace have a direct impact on productivity as well.
So the employees of a city-based company called MRAH Advertising decided to schedule a virtual hangout. The company came up with a budget for each employee and everyone used it to order a variety of food and beverages including pizza, KFC, and coffee. Those who thought it was risky to eat food from outside whipped up some delicacies at their home. Everyone including the boss then got on a Zoom call and ‘partied’ for a couple of hours. The virtual party was an instant hit at their office!
“Since everyone is working from home and getting a bit lethargic, I thought about organising a virtual party over the weekend. We talked about random things except for work. We told each other what we have been doing in the lockdown and what we want to do once things get back to normal. It was an ice-breaking experience for all the 8 of us. We definitely got to know each other better,” says Anusha Vuthaluru, founder of MRAH.
It was supposed to last for 30 minutes but everyone enjoyed it so much that it grew into a two-hour session. “People got excited about working from the office. Those who are not from Hyderabad even began showing interest in flying down for occasional meetings etc. They said that they wanted to sit down in an office space and exchange ideas while following social distancing norms,” adds 28-year-old Anusha.
Kunal Leo, the Design Team Lead at the company, says, “The company was started in March so none of us actually met. So the virtual hangout was a relief. Some spoke about how they want to travel, eat outside food, or get back home post the pandemic. People were laughing and sharing their personal experiences. We were disconnected in the physical space but connected in the virtual space. We were able to see and enjoy everybody on one screen. All of us got dressed up for the party too and it was nothing less than going out!”
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