Festive Ways to Build Employee Engagement

Updated: Jan 6

At this time of year, we are all usually getting ready to celebrate Christmas with our work colleagues. Unfortunately, the traditional work Christmas party or do may have changed for many teams, due to previous years Covid changes, relocations or changes in the way people wish to celebrate. Here’s what you can do instead.

Working life has been a bit different since the start of 2021, with many employers continuing flexible working practises in the wake of the pandemic. Now many organisations are looking for alternative methods to socialise at Christmas.

Mind’s recent survey found that 33% of employees currently feel isolated. Therefore, the need to bring employees together and improve wellbeing is as important as ever. The Christmas get together is the perfect opportunity to celebrate achievements as well as the obstacles you’ve overcome together. Whilst you may not be able to have the traditional party, with some modification, you can still pull off a cracking Christmas celebration.

Plan Ahead

Give some thought to the date and time of the function to ensure this doesn’t mean a certain religious group is excluded from attending due to a foreseeable event.

Ask for ideas and volunteers

The best ideas will come from your employees. Ask for volunteers to get involved with the arrangements and ask employees what they would like to do. Gaining buy-in from employees up front will help prevent people feeling that they have been excluded from the arrangement.

Here are some great ways to get together and celebrate virtually:

Zoom virtual Christmas party

Celebrate via Zoom. Distinguish this one from you regular Zoom calls by sending invites, party hats, Christmas crackers and/or decorating kits ahead of the meeting to get your team into the Christmas spirit. Plus, you could ask your team to run a quiz, wear their Christmas jumpers, festive snail racing or card decorating. Then do a team vote on which one was the most hilarious or wacky.

Virtual secret Santa

The same rules apply here – you just do the picking of names online instead of from a hat! For instance, there a few apps that will do an anonymous selection and email the details to all participants. Gifts can simply be posted.