The holidays are here! While sending a card that’s been signed by everyone on the team is a nice gesture, there are many ways to to share holiday cheer with remote employees. Even if your teams are entirely remote, making everyone feel included and appreciated is easy.
Here are a few ideas to get you started on spreading the merriment and virtual celebration to employees both near and far.
Share videos and photos
Don’t let remote employees miss out on seeing office decorations, homemade treats, santa hats and other holiday fun. Host a video tour, create a shared photo drive on dropbox, or post pictures in your company’s chat or social media channels.
Send a care package
Everyone enjoys getting treats in the mail, whether it’s a small box that includes the same gifts other employees have received or an assortment of cards and treats that employees have exchanged with each other. It can also be fun to open these gifts during a video call!
Host friendly competitions
Get everyone in the spirit by hosting competitions that remote employees can easily participate in through video calls and shared photos. Challenge your team to come up with the ugliest Christmas sweater or the best desk decorations!
Give virtual gifts
Instead of white elephant or secret santa gift exchanges, give gifts that can be easily shared with remote employees. Electronic gift cards, concert/event tickets, travel packages, charitable donations and time off are all easily given by email (and will probably be appreciated more than another paperweight or coffee mug).
Get your game on with video calls
Invite remote employees to participate in office parties by video for a round of office bingo, Pictionary, charades or other games. Video is also an easy way for remote employees to experience the party’s toasts and speeches.
Acknowledge great work and good times
Use video to give out end-of-year awards that recognize hard work and special accomplishments, or are simply good for a laugh. Get creative! All employees enjoy having their achievements recognized and celebrating memorable moments.
Have fun with employees’ talents
Host contests and give prizes for creating holiday-themed projects. Let employees get creative and have fun with making photoshopped images, mad-lib RFPs, humorous gifs, and other playful versions of whatever it is they do best.
Treat employees to a party of their own
You’ll never go wrong by sending remote employees a gift card or check for drinks, dinner or a night out on their town. It’s a busy time of year, and giving employees the opportunity to relax with their friends and family is sure to be appreciated.
How does your office celebrate virtual celebrations and the holidays with remote teams and employees? Share in the comments below or tweet us @highfivehq.