Tips for Hosting a Virtual Company Holiday Party
Just because you aren’t able to gather in person doesn’t mean you can’t host your own company holiday party – make it virtual! This year has been especially difficult with COVID-19. Many people have been working from home and are missing face-to-face interactions with their co-workers. This is a better time than ever to get your creative juices flowing and create an unforgettable experience to celebrate the end of another year.
Here are our tips for hosting a virtual company holiday party.
Curate Pre-Recorded Content
Unlike in-person holiday parties which usually have less structure because people are able to mingle and move around to talk to one another, a virtual holiday party allows you the opportunity to curate pre-recorded content. Although this requires some preparation leading up to your event, it gives you the opportunity to be innovative and create engaging content to celebrate your co-workers. This could include messages of thanks or a slideshow of how employees have been spending their time working from home.
Set up virtual tables with assigned seating
Set up tables with assigned seating so that your guests can chat with one another throughout the virtual holiday party. These could be password protected or open so people can move from table to table. Depending on the size of your company, it could be challenging to talk to one another if everyone is in the same room. We’ve found the “assigned seating” method the best when working with our clients to ensure everyone has a chance to join the conversation.
Add gamification to your agenda of activities! We recommend using polling, asking trivia questions, or creating a scavenger hunt where participants need to look for items within their home. Virtual events need a bit more structure compared to in-person holiday parties because everyone will be looking at their screens and are unable to walk around. Planning interactive games will help keep employees engaged.