The holiday season is almost here, which gets many people excited for one thing; the annual office holiday party. For some with global teams or employees that work remotely, this could be a challenge to plan. But virtual doesn’t have to be boring. All a team needs to do is get creative when they’re planning hybrid or virtual employee get-togethers. From quirky gift boxes and festive video-chat backgrounds to Uber gift cards, here are some of our favourite ideas for making parties special online.
Play fancy dress
Who doesn’t love a good fancy dress contest? Have guests dust off their favourite ugly sweater or themed hat. Put it to a virtual vote with the most festive taking the crown. We’ll let you decide on the prize.
Get in the kitchen
There’s nothing like some hands-on fun with the team. Bring the festive spirit to the table, start cooking and share the joy. Have a mixologist or a chef host a video cocktail experience or cooking class for you and the team. Guests can toast their success through the screen while they enjoy the fruits of their labour.
Organise a gift exchange
The tradition of gift giving in the office lives on. Use an online gift exchange generator to have employees opt in, set a budget, and make a wish list. Have everyone open them at the virtual party and let the cheer roll in.
Get into the cinema spirit
Host a virtual watch party and “live” stream a holiday classic. Reward points for those who theme their snacks or outfits with the movie.
Change up the background
Invite employees to take a virtual trip with their video-chat backgrounds. Inspire them to create their own cheer-filled screens, or let them choose from a selection of pre-made ones.
Don’t forget about snail mail
Events might be virtual or hybrid, but that doesn’t mean the good old post is dead. Send employees gift boxes with themed treats, like cookies to decorate together…but apart. Or include some fun props for a not-so-planned video-chat photo shoot.
Celebrate connection with vouchers or gift cards
Uber vouchers and gift cards are a great way to add sparkle to your event or say thank you for a year’s worth of hard work. Employees can order their favourite meals for delivery during the party or get their caffeine fix the next day. And if they want to request an airport trip for their in-laws, we won’t object to that either.
Just because people might not physically be together doesn’t mean that the celebrations will be any less festive. Learn more about how Uber for Business can help you upgrade your holiday events.