Christmas is coming, and we can all agree that this year hasn’t been the easiest to promote team spirit among colleagues during the Christmas season.
Many people endured unprecedented changes in their personal and professional lives. With no clear end to lockdown restrictions and remote working arrangements in sight, our festive season plans are surrounded by just as much uncertainty. Will we be able to see loved ones? What about Christmas shopping?
Don’t forget your team. It’s understandable that businesses are tempted to cancel their end-of-year celebrations.
But with all the challenges we’ve overcome since the pandemic began, getting together and spending quality time with colleagues is more important than ever. It’s the perfect opportunity to boost morale and give everyone something to look forward to.
With traditional office party options off the table, we must turn to digital alternatives that allow us to celebrate remotely at home. Luckily, there are many creative and exciting ways to make this happen.
Here are some suggestions.
Let’s start with food, which is essential to any festive season celebration. Thanks to the wide range of delivery services currently taking orders, you can spoil your team with tasty treats even if they’re celebrating at home.
For example, you can send them a food hamper. These are great as the meals don’t require any special skills or equipment to prepare.
Pantry Packages, which was launched by City Pantry earlier this year, specialises in helping companies bring meal kits to their employees’ doors. They even offer international delivery to certain areas.
The good food guide by Waitrose provide similar services by listing some of the UK’s best loved restaurants offering nationwide delivery. You can complement your wine gifts with cheese boxes from Homage2 Fromage, the box includes everything you need to become a mini master of cheese for the night.’ or help colleagues count down the days with a hot chocolate advent calendar.
If you prefer to deal with a more corporate-focused service, Deliveroo for Business has an exclusive new range for the festive season. Employees can choose from various hampers, kits, and experiential events.
Before (or after) everyone tucks into their food, you can liven up your office party with some digital entertainment.
Encore Musicians is particularly popular among remote teams. The online platform is home to an array of musical experiences facilitated by different artists, including live performances from award-winning singers and musicians. They also offer rap-writing workshops and other interactive team-building activities.
Hire Space, on the other hand, plans to go big and host the largest-ever virtual Christmas party. Dubbed the ‘Big Top’ experience, viewers will be treated to an extravaganza of performances from countless entertainers. Expect to see actors, comedians, musicians, magicians, and more. Food and drink deliveries for employees are also planned.
Perhaps your team will fancy a bit of intellectual competition. In that case, you have two great options.
First are escape rooms, which have moved online to continue helping businesses keep staff on their toes. The premise is simple – everyone is locked inside a room that’s filled with hidden clues and puzzles that need to be solved within a set amount of time to win. Trapped in the Web and The Panic Room are go-to options in this category.
Alternatively, you can opt for the ‘Dome from Home’ experience. Here, your team partners up with a Maze Master to navigate a virtual version of the iconic Crystal Maze. There are over a dozen new puzzles and challenges to tackle along the way, resulting in an experience that’s just like the show.
Maybe your team will prefer to flex their creative muscles and to some degree, their physical ones. Following are a couple of hands-on activities that you can get stuck into.
If you’re familiar with any bars that offered mixology classes to businesses, you’ll likely find them offering virtual versions of the same services. What’s great about these services is that employees don’t need to buy any beverages or equipment to participate. Everything is delivered as a kit to your door. Popular companies in this space include:
- The Cocktail Service
- TT Liquor
- Mix and Twist
- Design My Night
- Southside Bars
Another approach is to organise an online wine tasting experience for your team. Connoisseur employees will likely recognise Benedict Butterworth, host of Tour de France Wine Tasting. After taking delivery of your four top-quality bottles, you and your colleagues will enjoy an educational tasting session over the internet.
Looking for a less boozy solution? Consider setting up a virtual team painting event with Brush and Bubbles. Their professional art classes are designed to get your creative juices flowing from the comfort of home with step-by-step guidance. All of the necessary equipment is sent out in a bespoke art kit that contains:
- 2 [8×10] canvases
- 1 paint palette and brushes
- 1 pack of acrylics
- 1 can of champagne
- 1 artists’ beret
PopUp Painting offers similar services over live Zoom events that have been enjoyed by the likes of Facebook and Google. These ‘social painting experiences’ are the perfect way for remote teams to spend some quality time together.
It isn’t always possible for everyone to join in on virtual celebrations. Whether you want to ensure that absent colleagues feel appreciated or surprise the whole team, there are many different ways to make it happen.
Consider the letterbox flower delivery service, Magnolia the Florist has been bringing colour and delight into thousands of homes all over the UK since 2003.
Another solution is to send out an ‘AT HOME’ cocktail kit from Peckham Cellars, run by small team of wine enthusiasts, They deliver their bottled cocktails nationwide and, among the selection you’ll find your favourite classics.
Have fun but be sensible
The ever-present pandemic has meant a lot more staying at home this year.
In early December, the UK based cyber security body National Cyber Security Centre and GCHQ, started the next chapter of its Cyber Aware campaign initiative, focusing on online security threats during the Christmas period.
Cyber Aware is the UK government’s “national campaign on cybersecurity” aimed at helping the public and UK businesses of all sizes understand how they can stay cybersecure, so while the festivities unfold, it’s important that employees remain vigilant of the online security risks that propagate around this time of the year. This is crucial for remote teams who make use of company equipment off-site.
We, at Work from home IT Support are on hand to protect your data and improve staff productivity. If you’d like to learn more about remote IT Support and what we can do for your business, please get in touch for an obligation-free chat with one of our friendly technical experts.