Forget the ho-hum chicken dinners and Santa hats. This year, planners are taking events from ordinary to next level. The goal is not only to make a big impression but also to boost engagement and interaction, especially since more hybrid work means less time together in the office.
"Companies want experiential events," says Adam Elias, CEO at WhirlyBall, with three locations in the Chicago area. WhirlyBall combines lacrosse, hockey, basketball and bumper cars. "The game promotes teamwork on a level playing field," Elias adds. The venue also offers bowling lanes, a laser tag arena and a private, four-lane VIP bowling suite, along with catering packages.