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Things to Do Instead of an Office Christmas Party for This Year

It’s unfortunate that offices can’t have a Christmas party this year. It’s something everyone looks forward to. However, due to this pandemic, mass gatherings are impossible. The good thing is that the employees can still have fun without necessarily hosting a party. These are some ways to make this Christmas meaningful for everyone. Send gifts

It’s unfortunate that offices can’t have a Christmas party this year. It’s something everyone looks forward to. However, due to this pandemic, mass gatherings are impossible. The good thing is that the employees can still have fun without necessarily hosting a party. These are some ways to make this Christmas meaningful for everyone.

Send gifts through delivery services

You can still exchange gifts with the employees. Assign a person to control the names to ensure everyone receives a gift. The items can get delivered through delivery services. You can also open the gifts together through a Zoom meeting.

Have virtual games

You can still have games for your Christmas party. The only difference is that you’re doing them online. Assign employees to host these virtual games. Family members can also join if they want to. Don’t forget to offer prizes to the winners of the games. You can have monetary rewards or certain gifts that you will deliver at a later date.

Call each other

If you can’t gather the entire team since it’s too big, another option is to call each other privately. You don’t have to require everyone to call, but you can encourage the employees to keep in touch. The goal is to check in with one another. You still make regular phone calls, but they’re usually for work. This time, you have no other intention but to have a normal conversation. Don’t forget that some employees are alone during the holidays. They got stuck in a different city, and they don’t want to take the risk of travelling to their loved ones who reside in a different part of the country. Others have elderly loved ones, and they don’t want to make them ill. Staying alone is the safest choice, but it’s not the best feeling. You can call them to show you care.

Promise a better Christmas party next year

Sadly, you can’t have regular parties this year. The good thing is you can always do better next year. Host a bigger Christmas party when a mass gathering is possible again. You can even have a funfair stall for hire to make it a fun and meaningful party that involves the entire family. There’s nothing you could do to change the reality now, but there’s always a chance to do better next year. You may also start to ask for suggestions from your employees on how to have a better party next year.

We have to make sacrifices this year. Several special occasions such as weddings and graduations got cancelled. Most people have to celebrate birthdays alone. The cancellation of office Christmas parties shouldn’t be too bad compared with all other milestones that didn’t happen. Use it as an opportunity to think of ways to make future celebrations more meaningful. Your employees also understand what’s happening and they will feel satisfied with whatever alternative you can come up with. It shows that you still want to end the year on a positive note.

 

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