Next Level Events With Veertly brings the latest insights from the online event industry for those who want to level up with their virtual or hybrid events. We interview experts worldwide and share their vision on how to create better and more engaging virtual or hybrid events.
In this episode, we discuss the importance of building empathy within your team, as it is instrumental to building teamwork and extending professional and personal connections amongst colleagues. In order to get more insights into this topic, we invited Alexander Abell, CEO of Lunchpool whose aim is to fulfill the hunger for human connection by bringing people together through team events.
Alexander Abell is an entrepreneur, social innovator, and technology enthusiast, whose passion is to bring people together and build empathy amongst teams. This brought him to create Lunchpool in 2018, a company that focuses on creating interactive events which build stronger communities.
“Innovation is what happens when you think outside of the box. It's about making connections and talking to people that you don't usually speak with”
Innovation is what happens when you are thinking outside of the box. Everybody knows that, but how do you get outside of your box?
It's talking to people that do different things than you. It's making connections between vastly different industries. We try to have mixers and connect people from different teams. For example, we get the developers to network with the marketers. That is when innovation starts to happen within the company.
“We need to treat the virtual world, not as a replacement for the physical space but as an extension of it. You can connect with people from all over the world”
The hypothesis in building empathy that we've tested and that that's working really well is treating the virtual world, not as a replacement for the physical space, but as an extension of it.
You can connect people from all over the world. Now we don't have the benefit of body language, but we have a chance to speak face to face. Which can make us want to meet face to face.
“Teamwork is not effective if your team does not know one another. A baseline level of trust and empathy needs to be established. You cannot force it but can encourage it through team events”
Teamwork is not effective if your team does not know one another, right? There's a baseline level of trust and a baseline level of empathy that needs to be established right?
And you can't force that, but you can certainly help encourage that through, different events. And you can do that more easily via virtual gatherings. For example, if you have a coworker in a different time zone, it's going to be tough to eat lunch together, but you could have lunch/ dinner.
"We need a work-play balance. Just because you are at work doesn't mean that you cannot have fun and just because you are outside of work, doesn't mean you cannot build connections that will help you to work"
I honestly don't think that there should be a distinction between, the typical work-life balance. I think it should be a work-play balance. And that is your life, right? You don't want to work all the time, you don't want to play all the time. But just because you're at work, doesn't mean you can't have fun.
And just because you're outside of work doesn't mean you can't think critically and build connections that will help you do work. So the line is blurring, but I don't think that that's necessarily a bad thing.