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Virtual Team Holiday Parties for 2020

Virtual Team Holiday Parties for 2020

Author: Laurie Knafo/Tuesday, November 10, 2020/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, SNI Certes, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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Heading into the holidays this year isn’t what we thought it would look like a year ago. With many employees still working remotely, and those going into offices practicing social distancing, thinking of year end holiday team parties can leave many managers stumped for ideas. Many companies have chosen this year to take their usual in-person party online for the safety and comfort of their employees. In our blog we’ll provide ideas for virtual holiday team parties, to ensure that even though 2020 has been a strange year, you and your team can connect and celebrate the holiday season (even from afar).

If you are already having routine calls with your team, make the most of the holiday season by implementing fun themes and topics. For example, have an Ugly Sweater themed virtual call and give a gift card to the winner with the ugliest sweater. Another idea, shared from Forbes, is to have a “Best in Show Pet Share” where employees show their pets at home on camera and tell the story of how they ended up being in their life. The one with the most heartwarming story (as voted by the team) wins. Depending on how frequently you have virtual calls as a team, you can either spread out fun ideas throughout the month of December, or choose to have one virtual holiday party. If you choose to have 1 one big virtual holiday party, TeamBuilding.com has a list of 32 virtual holiday party ideas to get you inspired! A few of our favorites are:

  • Gingerbread House Contest: before the event, send each employee a gingerbread kit and before the call have them create their gingerbread house. Each participate will share their creation over video and the team can pick the winner with the best house. Similarly, you can do this same idea with cookie decorating.

  • Virtual Holiday Trivia: TeamBuilding.com has a PDF to use for this, but there are a variety of similar ones you can find online.

  • Name That Tune- Holiday Edition: With this game, each team member will either hum the tune of a holiday song or mute the microphone and truly sing the song. The other players of the game then will listen carefully or read lips to pinpoint the holiday song. Holiday carols would be chosen ahead of time so there would only be a set number of songs for each person to choose from.

With a little creativity, your virtual holiday work parties can still bring the team together and provide a fun and festive team building opportunity.

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Laurie Knafo
Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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