Using Zoom for the Virtual Office Get-Together This Holiday Season
If you’re the head of the Party Planning Committee or a manager just looking to connect with your team, you might be looking for ways to bring a little holiday spirit to your remote co-workers this holiday season. Luckily, you can use Zoom Meetings to host your events and bring your co-workers together in a virtual space for incredible team building activities!
Here are some of the ways you can use Zoom to bring some holiday cheer to your co-workers this holiday season:
Just because you can’t meet in person doesn’t mean the holiday party has to stop. You can host an amazing holiday party over Zoom by creating an event that offers a range of activities for your coworkers in several Breakout Rooms, including gift wrapping sessions, cocktail classes, karaoke, trivia, or just a place to hang out and chat while enjoying a glass of eggnog.
Pro tip: Breakout Rooms! Participants can self-select the Breakout Room they would like to join. Co-hosts also have the same capabilities as hosts in Breakout Rooms, so it’s easy to delegate co-hosts to fully manage each one.
Keep the gift-giving tradition going with a virtual white elephant gift exchange! Have the team send their gift (via webpage links) to the organizer, and that person can randomize names and gifts to start the game. The organizer can then order/ship gifts directly to each person once it’s over. We recommend having a theme for the gifting, such as “Gifts that gave you comfort during the pandemic for less than $20.”
Pro tip: Get super creative – and interactive – by making virtual backgrounds of each gift to show which items people have chosen (or stolen)! Once a person has a gift, send them the corresponding virtual background so everyone on the call knows which gift they have.
Become a virtual Santa
Encourage your team to participate in a volunteer program like USPS’ Operation Santa. You can review children’s letters to Santa as a team over Zoom and help fulfill their holiday wish list. Or, schedule a team Zoom to collaboratively write letters to these children or purchase the children’s gifts together online.
Schedule a meeting that’s not a meeting at all but a team-building activity. We highly recommend a group cooking class with a professional chef! Share the recipe with the team in advance and allow them to expense the ingredients to create a fun (and delicious) culinary experience that everyone can enjoy.
Pro tip: Be sure to pin or spotlight the chef’s video. Other participants might be blending, cutting, and chopping away, and you don’t want their videos to constantly interrupt what the professional is showing you.
If you’re just looking for some time to connect outside of the daily work grind, send a DoorDash or UberEats gift card to your teams (or have them expense a meal) and schedule a long Zoom lunch. Use the time to socialize on non-work stuff, and open up the floor for colleagues to share their current Netflix binges, favorite holiday movies, or fun plans or trips coming up.
Looking for a fun team-building event, but don’t want to host? Check out OnZoom, which offers a wide range of exciting experiences, from cooking classes to music lessons to fitness classes, that can help you build a sense of community and connection with your team during this holiday season.