This year has really thrown up some challenges in the workplace and it would seem rather scrooge like not to not see the year out with a bang, socially distanced of course! Many teams have worked harder than ever and stepped up into positions they never thought they would or could do and even had to significantly change their working arrangements to keep their companies afloat.
It goes without saying that staff deserve a huge thank you, a festive pat on the back and some light relief to mark the end of a tough year.
Many of us were probably hoping that Christmas would be unscathed from the impact of Covid but despite the ongoing restrictions, fear not; you can still have fun with your team even if you can’t go out for a meal or have your traditional party to celebrate. Some of you out there may even feel slightly thankful of getting to avoid the awkwardness of making small talk with Lisa from Accounts’ husband or being forced into dancing to Wham.
To help you and your teams get into the Christmas spirit, here are our top 6 suggestions;
Alternative Xmas Meal
Normally, we are very lucky at Christmas and go out for a Christmas meal, followed by drinks and perhaps a few moves. This year it simply isn’t going to be possible so we have opted for a Zoom Christmas meal. We have all been given a sum of money to cover the costs and we have all chosen our treat meal of choice and will wine and dine from the safety of our own homes. Just think – it saves on a Christmas outfit and taxi fare!
If that doesn’t appeal to you or perhaps you feel the team are too big then you could order in some food to the office on the last day or perhaps people could bring in a picnic and some fizz to toast the last working day of 2020.
A Christmas Quiz
You may have rolled your eyes when you read this but a tailored final quiz of 2020 could really create some giggles within your team – we are opting for this to accompany our meal. Categories of questions could include scenarios that have happened within the team this year, or a what happens next round or even a scavenger hunt. Perhaps each team member can be responsible for a round of questions.
Everyone does /secret Santa differently, but you could make this extra fun by creating rules like the gifts have to be made or bought from a charity shop. Alternatively, if people are concerned they could end up with “tat” that they’d only throw away perhaps you could all club together and donate the money to charity or buy something collectively to donate.
Nothing beats a friendly bit of competition at Christmas and if anything, you could use it as a warm up before the obligatory family Christmas card or board games.
One of our clients has done Christmas tree decorating and we thought it was a brilliant idea. All it involves is purchasing small Christmas Trees (potted) for each department and they all compete to win the prize for the best decorated tree.
Place the blank Christmas trees with each team and tell them they have a certain time frame to decorate it (without using bought decorations) and this can either be stuff they find in the office, or things they can make or find at home. Then you can judge the best tree and potentially have a prize for that team. Our client even went one step further and said the team also had to keep it alive for the year ready for next year’s competition or you would start on minus points the following year!
If you don’t want the burden of a Christmas tree perhaps look at Gingerbread house making competitions or even host your own Royal Variety Show.
This is something that can be done either in person or online depending on the space available. Depending on your team size, you could either have a handful of categories that people can vote for or if you have a small team, an award each and the category can be something silly like best baker in the office or tidiest desk.
If you normally put on a large event for your company, chances are you are going to be saving on that budget in 2020. Why not use it to send your team a Christmas hamper for them to enjoy and if there is anything left over, why not donate it to charity. We normally buy client gifts and will really miss delivering those this Christmas but we will be donating the budget to a worthy cause instead.
These are just some ideas you could use to wind down to Christmas with your team and we feel it’s important that managers and leader take the time to celebrate with your valued team and appreciate the work everyone has done.
If the email count in your inbox is only growing and you are leaving the office later and later then perhaps before the festivities start you should consider whether you need to expand your team in the New Year. We have a blog specifically designed for these situations called ‘5 Signs it’s time to recruit’ or if your mind is already made up why not sign up to our Business Assessment Tool and identify where the greatest need is.
Don’t wait for 2021 if you are struggling now, give the team at Elite a call today!