Just because you may not be working in person doesn’t mean you can’t have a holiday celebration for your employees. With remote work, it’s absolutely crucial to take advantage of any opportunities to foster a sense of connection with your team. Although it can be challenging to transition a holiday celebration to an online format, it can be a success if you approach it with intention. Learn more about how to celebrate the holidays virtually with your company:
Your team may be in separate locations, but they can still partake in the fun and festive group activities. For example, you could do a virtual variation of decorating cookies or making gingerbread houses together by providing supply kits (or gift cards for employees to buy their own) and have everyone do them together via videoconference. You could also facilitate organic socializing by having holiday-themed icebreaker questions for the group.
Getting the group together to interact virtually with holiday-themed games can be an enjoyable way to socialize in a way that fits with the online format. Holiday Bingo is a simple game that can be easily adapted to various group sizes and personality types, with printable templates, are readily available online. Another option is holiday trivia, which can be done as teams or individuals.
Many entertainers who would normally perform at in-person company holiday celebrations have also started offering virtual options as well. Consider implementing live entertainment such as a musician, comedian, or magician to add some lively energy to your virtual holiday party and make it feel like just as much of a celebration as an in-person one would.
Although it requires more upfront planning to handle the logistics, you can still have a gift exchange in an online manner if your team would be interested in doing so. For instance, you could organize a virtual Secret Santa, use an online generator, or randomly draw names to assign employees their gift recipients. Items can be ordered online and then directly shipped to the Secret Santa recipients’ homes and saved to be opened together at the virtual party.
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