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The Holidays Aren't Cancelled - Keep Your Team's Spirit Up

Updated: Dec 3, 2020

The end of the year is a great time to bring all employees together and celebrate what an amazing job they have done. But it is 2020 and things are a bit different this year. Renting a large venue and having a big gathering is out of the question. Don’t let the events of this year keep you from spreading holiday cheer to your employees.

Here are some holiday party replacement ideas:

Take an online class - Send your employees the supplies they would need for a cookie decorating class, cooking class or wreath-making class. Better yet, have multiple options that fit different types of people and have each employee sign up for one they want. Lots of local chefs and shop owners are offering sessions as a supplement to their bricks-and-mortar businesses.

Virtual gift exchange - Assign each employee a Secret Sender and have them send another employee a gift to their house. Host a virtual gathering where everyone goes around and opens their gift and guesses who it is from.

Virtual wine tasting party - Send employees a few bottles of wine and have a local winery run a wine tasting virtually. Cap the time and spend the rest of the time talking and celebrating each other and the year’s accomplishments.

Host a holiday food truck - If you have a space with lots of outdoor room, hire a food truck to come for lunch. Make sure everyone is wearing masks, and bring some heaters so people can enjoy hanging together outside.

Whatever activity you choose make sure it includes these things:

  • It is interactive for EVERYONE. Playing online games are only fun if everyone can play. Watching other people play Family Feud or Pictionary isn’t how people want to spend their time. This shouldn’t feel like a meeting, so make sure management isn’t just talking the entire time.

  • Make it inclusive. Remember, not everyone celebrates Christmas or Hanukkah, so make sure your activities and conversations are appropriate for everyone.

  • Recognize the team. Holiday parties are for celebrating! Keep it upbeat and positive. Give people awards or note each department’s outstanding accomplishments.

*Management Tip - Write each person on your team a personal note. Let them know you appreciate them and their work. It will go a long way.

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