Enhancing Team Collaboration: Hybrid Team Building Case Study

Posted by Jake Mandel on Jun, 15, 2023


Bringing team members together in a large organization has always been a challenging task, especially when they are scattered across different locations worldwide. However, with the advent of technology, virtual team building activities have revolutionized the way organizations approach team cohesion.

Virtual events provide a cost-effective and efficient way to connect with geographically-dispersed employees. Microsoft, a company known for prioritizing team communication and collaboration, recently organized a hybrid team building event to foster improved communication and stronger employee relationships.

In partnership with Teambonders, Microsoft successfully hosted a hybrid Survey Showdown activity, blending in-person and virtual participation. This program was designed to inject an exciting and meaningful experience into the interns' summer, offering a vibrant game show atmosphere complete with visuals, sound effects, music, and an enthusiastic host.

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Microsoft's hybrid team building event aimed to achieve several goals, including team bonding, improved coordination, enhanced trust, diversity and inclusion enhancement within the Microsoft Identity department, and increased intern morale. By leveraging the power of technology and a dynamic event format, Microsoft sought to connect summer interns working in different locations seamlessly.

Hybrid Survey Showdown: An Engaging Experience

The event commenced with a breakfast served at the Microsoft office in Redmond, USA, for the in-person attendees. Simultaneously, remote attendees joined via Zoom from various locations, including California, Dublin, Vancouver, and Atlanta, fostering a sense of inclusivity and togetherness. The attendees were divided into teams and engaged in a friendly competition, where they had to guess the most popular answers to a range of exciting questions. Survey Showdown proved to be more than just a spectator sport; it enabled all interns to connect with each other in an enjoyable setting, fostering camaraderie and a sense of belonging.

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Success of the Hybrid Format

The hybrid format of the event played a pivotal role in its success. It allowed participants to mingle in-person while including those based in different geographic locations worldwide, such as the US, Canada, and Ireland. This approach eliminated the need for costly and time-consuming travel, ensuring the inclusion of all summer interns across the department. 

Microsoft's hybrid team building event showcased the power of technology in bringing team members together, regardless of their physical locations. This event exemplified the effectiveness of virtual team building activities, demonstrating that organizations can foster better communication and stronger employee relationships, even when working across dispersed locations.

If you're planning an upcoming corporate event, conference, or team social gathering, consider exploring the possibilities offered by Teambonders to create an engaging and memorable experience for your team. We provide on-site team building expertise and will make sure everyone has a memorable experience.


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