With the office party no longer viable companies are looking at alternative methods to show their appreciation for their team. If you’re looking for some inspiration or a way to get started, here is a quick introduction to online events and a guide to online christmas parties.
Zoom / Discord / Meets
Whatever platform you’re using to meet with your team online ensure that everyone has the right equipment available to make it work. If a team member doesn’t have access to a webcam or microphone you can offer to loan some of the office equipment for the cause or treat it as an early Christmas gift. Most companies stocked up on webcams for members when they work from home, and many brands were left out of stock before long. Luckily with black Friday sales and Christmas, there is a fresh supply of equipment to be found online.
Also, ensure that your event is closed to the public. Send invitations early and keep the event to an invite-only basis. Otherwise, you may find yourself in the awkward situation of online Christmas party crashers sharing some explicit materials and ruining everyone’s fun. If there are some members of the team that need some additional help setting up, make sure that the support is available before the event so everyone can get involved from the start.
It’s important to keep people engaged so the event feels like an event. Use your imagination and think of a suitable activity for the team.Whatever you decide, ensure everyone can take part and give their own input.
Here are a few ideas for your Online Christmas Party:
- Pub Quiz
- Murder Mystery
- Online Games (Jackbox Party Pack, Pictionary, Tabletop Simulator)
- Awards Ceremony
- Fancy Dress Competition
- Cocktail Making Session
- Movie Watchalong
- Drinking Games
There are limits to will and won’t work depending on the crowd, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with your ideas.
A Quick Set-up Guide to your online Christmas Party would be: send invitations, set the date down in the calendar, offer technical support for those in need, have fun. There isn’t much to do once you get started apart from keeping spirits high. Just remember to turn your camera and microphone off once you’ve had one too many drinks and fall asleep at your computer.