Working Lunch at The DoubleTree by Hilton
Over the last year, there have been a few too many times that I have had the urge to chuck on my best glad rags and go out for a delicious dinner or a champagne-filled lunch with my team. But with COVID-19 sweeping the nation as well as the world, businesses all over the globe have felt the harsh effects of this virus. Unfortunately, some businesses have had to close doors for good, and for others, we’ve had to adjust to working in the virtual world almost permanently for the past year and a half. Thankfully with COVID-19 cases on the low and businesses starting to open back up in the UK, some sort of normality appears to be around the corner. This got me really excited and got me thinking about how much I have missed going out to eat and the importance of meeting up with people and being outdoors. In today’s blog I want to discuss the benefits of meeting up with your team and working outdoors and share with you guys the great experience I had with my team at the COVID-safe garden of the 14Twelve Brasserie at the DoubleTree by Hilton on Friday.
If the pandemic has taught me anything, it’s that my team is more than capable of working remotely and it actually works really well for us. However, there’s something to be said about meeting face to face, and it’s definitely something that Zoom calls and Slack can’t quite replicate fully. In terms of communicating with workers, remote working can lead to isolation. With 56% of employees that took part in a study by SmallBizTrends saying they communicate less with their co-workers than they normally would. This means it is our responsibility as employers to bring the team together to ensure relationships are maintained, and what better way to do this than meeting up in a safe and sanitised outdoor space, fuelled by good food.
During the pandemic, I was very fortunate to be able to recruit two new members into my team. On our trip to the Hilton, finally being able to meet each other face to face really helped to bond the team and made the recruits feel much more at home. It also meant the pre-existing team could touch base (at a distance!) and let their hair down after months and months of not being able to communicate with each other without Zoom fatigue or internet delays.