The staff Christmas party will not be happening for many businesses this year for a variety of reasons, ranging from coronavirus restrictions to workers working remotely.
According to research, 30 per cent of UK office workers will not have a party this year, with other businesses opting to run other traditional festive activities such as “Secret Santa” remotely.
Some organisations still want to get staff involved in a festive event despite the current difficulties, with Jonny Edser, director at virtual events company Wildgoose, saying it is important to maintain team morale.
He said: “Employees across the UK are fed up of perching at kitchen tables or shutting themselves in the spare room, and are yearning for the office atmosphere and the company of co-workers.
“Brilliant workplace cultures exist because people have had the chance to bond away from their desks, and these connections feed back into the work that they do as teams."
For businesses looking to recreate a unique experience for their employees, these are alternative ways to celebrate the festive season in place of a workplace gathering.
So many companies are offering virtual parties this year - it's just about selecting the one that's right for you and your business.
Choosing a quiz package that features different rounds could be worth exploring. This year, Wildgoose has created the virtual work Christmas social, which includes three different rounds, from festive trivia questions, to famous soundtracks and Christmas movies.
This is an option for larger companies as the package can accommodate up to 250 people.
Christmas cocktail making
Parties will traditionally include work drinks with your colleagues. To continue this trend and add a festive element to your activities you could look to arrange a virtual festive cocktail making class with colleagues.
Festive parties wouldn’t be complete without dancing and this year should be no exception through a Christmas-themed, virtual dance workshop.
Packages range from an hour-long or 30-minute session to dance to Christmas hits with colleagues.
Many companies are offering wine tastings that can be adapted for small, intimate and virtual get-togethers.
Purchase a selection of wines from a local stockist and lead the wine from guides already accessible online.
Craft making can be a memorable experience and a fun way to interact with your team virtually.
However, following a specialist or leader will help learn new skills, and you will be able to structure the class so you’re all learning at the same time.
Organising a virtual Christmas dinner party can mean colleagues catch up with one another on a personal level.
Ordering food from local restaurants offering a takeaway service is a good way to support local businesses, or purchase festive hampers so that everyone receives the same festive treats and goods.
Whether you’re looking to make Christmas cookies or a a more elaborate creation filled with festive favourites such as mince pies, gingerbread men and mulled wine, participating in a virtual cookalong can be a great way to get into the festive spirit.
A virtual awards ceremony is the perfect way to show appreciation and recognition to your employees. Creating an award for each individual and doing a mini presentation is a great way of bringing everyone together safely as well as celebrating individual achievements.
Whether you want to don your festive jumpers or hold anything from an Apres-Ski Party to a 90s themed party, doing this virtually avoids all of the embarrassment associated with wearing these clothes on your traditional pub crawl.