Keeping Your Employees Safe and Happy
Let’s face it, the holiday season is a time for social gatherings, celebrating, and giving thanks for a great year of hard work. While this year may feel like there is very little to appreciate, that doesn’t mean you can’t show your office staff how much they mean to you.
So, let’s talk about some potential holiday office party ideas that are COVID safe but put a little jingle in your step.
Out with the old…in with the Zoom
It is no surprise that the traditional office party is off the table this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up the celebration completely. The safest way to interact this holiday season is to do it remotely. While some may rejoice because they don’t have to buy a new outfit or awkwardly interact with the weird guy from marketing (everyone knows that guy at work…right?), a Zoom office party can be fun if done correctly. Try to think outside of the box and spice up the Zoom call with games or prizes. From a thrilling Zoom Bingo game to a Holiday Talent Show with potential for prizes, there is no limit to what can be done virtually. Don’t like those ideas? Maybe one of these will work:
- Zoom Trivia
- Guess that Movie
- Virtual Murder Mystery
- Spot the difference with holiday pictures
- Zoom Pictionary
- Virtual Charades
- Office Holiday Olympics
If you don’t want to put the time and energy into organizing a Zoom celebration, did you know there are virtual party hosts that can facilitate a live event for your staff?
Holiday Mask Competition
If you are not 100% sold with the online celebration idea, try to make your in-person party a little different this year. What about a holiday mask competition? We ALL love the ugly sweater competition so take it up a notch this year by asking your staff to create holiday-themed masks. Encourage them to bring their holiday “A-game” and handcraft the mask with lights, pompoms, and bedazzling of all forms.
Mask, washing hands, and staying six feet apart are the three most important things to think about when throwing an in-person holiday party. One way to make sure you reach all of those requirements is to have an outside bonfire where people can interact safely. Have your employees bring their own chairs and provide them with the supplies they need to make s’mores, hotdogs, and all things bonfire. If you are worried about the weather, think about renting a tent. J&J Tents and Party Rentals has you covered with a wide variety of tents, tables, chairs, and linens for any outside event. Want some lighting and audio for the party? No, worries J & J tent has you covered.
This year has been challenging for everyone, so take the opportunity to help your community. Instead of throwing an office party, consider giving back to those who need it most. Some ideas may be:
Host an Angel Tree Gift Wrapping Party- Employees can pick out gifts for a local charity and wrap them. If everyone brings their own supplies, this could be a great way to social-distance while doing something nice.
A Donation Race- Many local charities are struggling this year because of the coronavirus. A great holiday office party idea is to create some good ol’ fashion holiday competition. Run a donation race where each employee (or group of employees) has to collect the most nonperishable food items.
As you plan for your holiday office party, be mindful of the rules governing your state and consider everyone’s feelings about safety. While partying and socializing is what the holidays are all about, your employees need to feel safe during these times. If you do choose to hold an outdoor event, let J&J Tent and Party Rentals help you plan. We offer a wide variety of party tents, tables, chairs, linens, lighting, audio, and stage equipment rentals. Call us today at (919) 977-3691 to reserve your party tent and accessories to make your office holiday party a huge success despite COVID-19.
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