Virtual Events and Team Building with James Whelchel, Mary Helen Rowell, and Julia Telfer

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Virtual Events and Team Building with James Whelchel, Mary Helen Rowell, and Julia Telfer

Podcast Summary

In this conversation with Allocations team members, James Whelchel, Mary Helen Rowell, and Julia Telfer, they talk about facilitating connections and fun in remote work environments.

Today, you’ll hear about:

  • The famous Trivia Series and some of the interesting trivia topics
  • The various types of virtual events at Allocations
  • The pros and cons of virtual events
  • The infamous Allocations birthday ritual
  • Other ways team members can connect
  • Some interesting upcoming events

James is an Angel Investor and the Director of People Operations at Allocations. Prior to joining Allocations, James worked as an Accounting Lead and Finance Manager in a remote setting since the start of the pandemic.

Mary Helen is an Executive Assistant at Allocations. Prior to joining Allocations, she served in various roles in companies including MyEA.now, KAVAL Inc., and O.N.S. Clothing. Mary holds a BSc in Fashion and Merchandising from the University of South Carolina.

Julia is an Executive Assistant at Allocations. Julia holds a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University - New Brunswick.

Episode Outline

[00:54] The Trivia Series

[03:13] Mary’s favourite trivia topics

[04:14] Favourite virtual events

[07:45] Choosing external facilitators

[10:35] Large teams vs smaller team events

[11:20] Virtual escape games

[13:28] Do virtual events facilitate enough connection for teams to bond together?

[14:59] Interesting events coming up

[17:53] Allocations birthday ritual

[19:39] Other ways to connect with team members

[21:46] Q&A

[22:20] Event inclusivity for an international team

[24:27] How often should events take place?

[29:49] Making up for in-person experiences

[33:26] Words of wisdom

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