How To Plan An Engaging Virtual Company Holiday Party
By: Stephen Baer
November 13, 2020
Over the years I’ve worked for a variety of companies, some fully in-person, some partially remote and some fully remote. One thing that all of these companies have in common is that they put corporate culture front and center, regardless of where employees sit.
In one recent survey by Intermedia of 250 business leaders, 94% of small and medium-sized business owners responded that in-person meetings have played an important role in growing their business over the past two years. With Covid-19 front and center, 84% are using video conferencing to facilitate face-to-face interactions. This will be an ever-increasing tactic since 57% have reported a plan to increase remote working options for employees in the long-term.
Employee engagement must happen 365 days a year, but holidays offer particularly good opportunities to remind our workforce just how important they are to our business. Below are some tips and a few activities for a corporate virtual holiday party that will help boost employee engagement, morale and productivity.
Planning Tips For Corporate Virtual Holiday Parties
If teams are accustomed to a large in-person holiday party, this year will offer something new: a celebration from a safe distance. It’s important to create clear guidelines and reasonable expectations for your event. Before jumping into event ideation for your corporate virtual holiday parties, consider the following tips to help you get the planning process started:
Three Different Activities For Corporate Virtual Holiday Parties
Holiday parties are an important part of company culture, allowing us to reward our employees for all the work they’ve done throughout the year. While many may think that a virtual holiday party will be hands-off, you can include interactive gamified elements to make it more engaging and fun. Here are a few activities to incorporate into a virtual holiday party.
Throughout the games, hand out prizes so your employees are incentivized to stay engaged.
Bond With Your Team By Planning A Virtual Holiday Party
While our holiday parties might look a little different this year, it’s still important to celebrate employees’ achievements and to set the stage for a great year ahead. After all, we could all use a reason to laugh and spend time together right now. Whether you decide to play interactive games or host a class, careful planning and creativity will help increase employee engagement during the holiday party.