There are many reasons for food and home cooking becoming the newest trends and Classes Are A Must for Virtual Team Building Activities in 2024. One example is that virtual cooking is not only therapeutic and of course, a delicious way to fix those palette cravings needed in the time of limited dining, it is also a creative outlet to connect during confinement.
But what does this have to do with Virtual Team Building and Cooking Classes Are A Must for Virtual Team Building Activities in 2023?
Even before the crisis, the notion of ‘company outings and socializing’ was questioned to be a value add for teams. In a September 2019 New York Times article by Alex Williams entitled, Company Socializing Has Become Work: Two Words Mandatory Fun, Williams argues that people can become distant when forced to take part in activities not to their interests.
Most of us could agree there are many reasons for food and home cooking becoming the newest trend. Whether the chef in the kitchen is a beginner trying to tackle the basic baked chicken dish or the advanced culinary critic on the hunt for the perfect pesto, cooking has united the masses. It is as if the culinary world has added a new unspoken language of savory in numbers and the ability to unite and connect with the food lovers of the world. With social media platforms on provision photo overdrive with endless hashtags to match, the light bulb is perpetually lit, on the topic of cooking together – apart.
To cook online, a focused approach is ignited on how to get your point across. When you remove the physical connection of cooking together, the void is replaced with what one can control: communication. Whether you are following along with a class or sharing on your social media platform, dictating your process and message you want to land on your beloved viewers, is done through the many angles of communication.
This brings us to the topic of why online cooking is becoming the must have in virtual team building.
Now with many global companies embracing a permanent smart-working policy or simply because these organization are geographically dispersed by design – teams have less opportunities to meet in the classic corporate social environment or even for a chat in the elevator. Regardless of whether people loved or hated the corporate escape rooms, ski trips and bar hops – one thing we know for sure is that all these activities cannot happen when employees are New York, London and Singapore at the same time! They can travel and gather all together for a global offsite once, maybe twice a year, but is this enough for social bonding? Is it cost and time effective for the companies to organize such traves frequently enough to build employee engagement?
Businesses that have heavily relied on the team driven, open floor plan communication in the office, in the last two years had to rapidly adapt to the remote working world. The shift from lunch gatherings, coffee breaks and happy hours, which had allowed teams to build some rapport outside of all things corporate are off the table for the time being. Now that the “known” element of team camaraderie is assuming a completely different perspective in the new world post pandemic, companies are on the hunt to new innovative ways to boost the morale of remote teams. And this time with new team building activities that have a universal and growing ‘interest.’
Could food be the medium of connection needed?
When one sits back and breaks down the goals of team building, the similarities are comparable to the skills needed to succeed in the kitchen.
What are these synergistic bullet points and how can they merge business with “pleasure”?
- Problem Solving and Decision making
- Planning and adaptability
- Building trust
When one reads over these traits, it is very easy to see that they are also “key” points of focus used in many facets of life. When in the kitchen, not only is communication a given, but how many times have you encountered a recipe and did not have an ingredient! For those with allergies or dietary restrictions, modifying can be in some cases, life or death, creating the need to troubleshoot and adapt and problem solve.
The ability to take what is needed for business success and merge the underlying tactics needed in the kitchen is a win-win for individuals, teams and organizations.
Perform any of the following Easy kitchen activities that will make cooking together a fun experience this festive season
Let’s give the people what they want!
- Different formats, from small groups to town hall events
- Virtual dine time – where teams can share a common after cooking experience
- Pitch your plate – where teams can practice effective communication during online meetings
- Virtual breakout sessions – where larger teams can be broken down to smaller groups and focus on particular topics
We believe that:
- Food is a medium of connection
- Food is a medium for developing life skills
- Food is a medium of cultural learning
Attending our Live Interactive Online Cooking Events as your must do Virtual Team Building Activity will not only help your team bond and build rapport, enhance virtual communication skills, learn culinary skills for life, but also gain cultural knowledge about the international cuisine of your choice!
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