For many years, since Erik started his own agency before Array Digital, he started taking his staff out to lunch every 2 weeks. At the time, his staff didn’t have a really strong sense of team because of the staff augmentation style his business model had. For that reason, he invented company lunch.
Since then, we’ve gone to company lunch every two weeks on a Thursday and had lunch on the company. But when COVID hit in March, we couldn’t get together and have lunch so we decided to do virtual company lunch. We would play games and have a theme, obviously bring your own food. It worked well especially for the employees who don’t normally get to participate in company lunch as now we have more employees who don’t work remotely than those that do.
Then, about 2 months ago, we’ve been having company lunch but modifying it by eating outdoors. It’s a great time to let your guard down and have a good time with your coworkers regularly. It’s a great way to build the team up so think about taking your own company out to lunch outside.