This years’ Thanksgiving office celebration will look a lot different from most in the past since social gatherings, office potlucks, and communal eating will most likely not be allowed. With COVID numbers on the rise right here before the holiday, companies will have to find new ways to celebrate that keep their employees safe. The good news is that there are still plenty of COVID-friendly ways to celebrate with your staff. By shifting the focus to the gratefulness and giving of the season, you and your teammates can show your gratitude by encouraging your team members to celebrate in unconventional ways, like appreciation, encouragement, and giving back to the community. If you are looking for another to partake in the holiday, here are some ideas.
Thanksgiving is exactly that, a time to give thanks. Consider showing your employees gratitude by organizing a team activity where they can show appreciation for each other. Create a ‘Thankful’ wall, where staff can thank each other on post-it notes and write what they are most thankful for in their co-workers. A wall-like this can also be used for employees to post what they are most thankful for in their personal lives. If your employees work virtually, this idea can still work with a virtual wall that they can post to, and others can read at their convenience. This gives them a chance to celebrate the holiday in a way that still keeps them safe.
We are all used to the usual potlucks where everyone signs up for something and take some downtime to eat and enjoy each other’s company. A virtual feast is the same concept. Your company could either have the event catered or provide the staff with a budget that allows them to order their meal of choice to have delivered to their office or home. Set a time for everyone to have their meal by, then have them sign on to Zoom for your virtual feast. Everyone stays safe in their respective areas but have the option to participate in small talk and conversations like they would if they were in person. This creative idea helps to create a collaborative atmosphere as close to ‘normal’ as possible.
Sponsoring a company event can really bring people together during a time when we feel so far apart, and it’s a great way to give back to those in need. This event could bring people out for a volunteer opportunity such as a food or clothing drive as long as social distancing is practiced. Also, consider having your staff pick time slots to feed the homeless on Thanksgiving Day and encourage them to bring their families to participate in giving back. If being together is still not a safe option, your business could also raise money for a charitable organization. You could market your event and raise funds virtually.
Richline Solutions encourages you to be safe about the way you celebrate your holiday. Connect with us today at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how we can make creating your plan easier. We want the opportunity to help you grow to your next level of greatness!