The holidays are a time for everyone, whether it be families or coworkers, to come together! It’s important to take some time out of your office’s busy holiday schedule to give your team an afternoon to relax, recharge, and encourage team building. We have a few ideas your team is sure to love. Pick one or two and make it a holiday tradition!
- Get Out, Give Back!
‘Tis the season of giving! There are many possibilities when it comes to your company giving back for the holidays. Try collecting care package items for your local homeless shelter, such as socks, toiletries, and nonperishable foods for something that’s less time-consuming for the whole office. Make a contest of it! See who can bring the most items before the deadline.For a team-building activity, find a local food bank. Food banks are always in need of help sorting and boxing food, and your team can spend a few hours together helping out. To make things more interesting, consider matching employee donations to the food bank and encourage everyone to bring a contribution.
- Classic Secret Santa
Everyone loves Secret Santa! Throw a simple holiday party potluck during lunch and organize a Secret Santa gift exchange. Remember to set a budget for Santas to keep gifts around the same level, and encourage the team to sign up for potluck items in advance in case the company needs to supply any food or drinks. To put a twist on Secret Santa, you can even make a theme for the potluck and gift exchange!
- Raid an Arcade
Who doesn’t love fun and games? If your city has a local old-school arcade, consider renting it out for an evening. This is a great way to include your team’s families as well. Bring everyone together to play arcade games, and at the end of the evening hold a tournament on one of the games or see who has the highest Skee Ball score.
- Deck the Halls
Decorating for the holidays can be a fun activity that encourages creativity throughout every department, but in too many offices it’s the same team members decorating every year. Hold a contest between each department to find out who has the best holiday decorations. If you’re looking to mix it up, consider putting together random teams! Give each team an area of the office to decorate. This will allow those who don’t normally interact with each other a chance to get to know one another.
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