The year 2020 has been a year of change in many ways. The global pandemic has forced all of us to work from home and prevented us from meeting everyone. Not just work, but social distancing has disrupted the way we celebrate as well. However, the coronavirus can prevent us from celebrating events the way we used to, but it can’t kill our party spirits! Here are 6 awesome social distancing alternatives to office celebration for you to celebrate and party with your team.
After almost a year of closing ourselves up in our houses under lockdown, cutting off from the world, it is natural to have an urge to get together and celebrate with your team. As the lockdown has expired gradually, things have started to transition back to normal.
In spite of the lockdown being lifted, the fact is that we haven’t gotten rid of the pandemic completely yet. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) still recommends staying 6 feet apart from others who don’t live with you. This does kill the excitement for some holiday celebration, but it doesn’t mean it’s out of the question. So, we have come up with these 6 awesome social distancing alternatives to office celebration for you so that the party spirits can stay alive.
6 Social Distancing Alternatives To Office Celebration
Organize Random Trivia Nights On Zoom
Office trivia and quizzes have always been a fun way of testing everyone’s knowledge and have a good time before the pandemic. Additionally, there’s no better way of bonding than working together as a team towards winning something. However, just because you can gather together, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all of that! You can organize an awesome trivia night virtually as well. Build teams and use e-learning platforms to create amazing trivia experiences for your team.
Have A Socially Distanced Picnic
Picnics and day-outs can never go out of style. There’s nothing better than going out, feeling the breeze and the fresh air, and spending some time with your colleagues. If you don’t have local restrictions and your team is comfortable with it, you can always organize a fun outdoor picnic. Make sure you choose a location that doesn’t have too many people. This way, you can easily encourage employees to participate, take a break from work and have a little fun
Ship Out Gifts And Prizes
Even if the restrictions are lifted off, some of your employees still won’t be comfortable with gatherings. However, this should not stop the exciting office competitions and events. Since company-wide competitions are organized virtually, make sure your employees get the prizes delivered to their homes. Even with the work opening up, some employees may still not be comfortable coming back. To be more considerate towards these folks, make sure to include them in every event and ship out their secret Santa gifts and prizes.
Celebrate Holiday Customs Virtually
Holidays are indeed the best part of a year. Thanksgiving, Christmas, everyone is excited about celebrating these occasions big. However, with the social distancing norms and remote work being implemented, celebrating holidays is no more a priority. This doesn’t mean you have to kill the holiday spirit. You can organize virtual costume competitions for Halloween. For Thanksgiving, your whole team can have dinner together, virtually. And for Christmas, you can organize events and competitions virtually. Celebrating holidays with the same spirits virtually is going to boost the morale of your team.
Host A Virtual Award Ceremony
Nothing can beat morale-boosting than a little appreciation and recognition. And what better way of boosting morale than a fun night of award ceremony. Hosting an award ceremony to celebrate the year-end can go a long way in lifting up the spirits of your team by recognizing their efforts. Plan the ceremony in such a way, with quirky categories, so that most of your employees get at least one award. So what if you can’t do this physically, you can always host an online award ceremony. It is important to recognize the performance and appreciate them.
Reward Your Team
If your business has stayed afloat after the year we’ve had, that means your team worked really hard to make it. The truth is, you wouldn’t have made it through if it wasn’t for the efforts of your team. So, your employees deserve appreciation. It is totally worth it to recognize their hard work and reward them for the same and be grateful for everything. If you are thinking of rewarding your team, it is the best idea at this point in time to do some research and kick off an effective employee reward program.