What Event Planners Need to Consider in 2021by MIT Endicott House
It is important that business and corporation leaders look ahead toward the future of event planning in 2021. Although many non-essential offices and buildings are not fully operating because of COVID-19, things will eventually change. Once the back-to-business efforts begin, things like staff training and team building activities will need to be scheduled. For this reason, event planners must find ways to achieve these goals. Event planning in 2021 should include locations that small groups can use for training activities. Virtual team building is definitely still one of the top things that companies are considering during this pandemic. Some staff are working remotely right now on teams, but once they return to their offices, they will require supplemental training. The stress associated with the new normal, as it relates to administrative and business activities could build over time. This is why medical groups, academic groups, and scientific organizations utilize retreat facilities. It is not too soon for event planners to prepare for these activities.
According to PCMA, the business events industry will likely be instrumental to the recovery process after COVID-19. This is an industry that includes efforts that reinforce business objectives, as well as, helps employees to readjust after critical changes. One focus that employers will want to invest in is their appreciation for staff. Retreat activities have proven effective over the years where this is concerned.
Accommodate the New Normal
Some experts say that limited numbers of attendees for events, no matter for work or pleasure are likely to remain low. This is one of the reasons why event planners will need to accommodate the new normal. Smaller groups of staff or even teams should be considered for training activities and events. The type of training, whether it includes presentations, meals, or other activities, may have to be streamlined for a time. The virus has impacted a huge percentage of these types of events.
Important Supplies to Stock
Along with preparing for the new way that businesses are going to have to advance their training efforts, they have to also stock important supplies. It is a good idea to stock things like hand sanitizers, disinfectant sprays, and possibly even face masks. The stigma associated with the virus may continue into the next year, so being prepared for scheduled events is necessary.
Plan for Your Group
Event planners may be directed to make arrangements for limited numbers of employees or virtual events. Since there are parameters for gatherings now, such as the 6-feet of distancing, it is important to consider your specific group or team and what will be necessary.
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