Updated: Jan 28
The people you work with can become like family to you over time, and now with most offices shutting down and working remotely, it can be difficult not to see your work family as often. Simply sending out a 'Happy Thanksgiving' email can be disheartening and make you feel even more distanced from your colleagues.
Let’s look at a few thanksgiving celebration ideas that will make even a virtual thanksgiving memorable.
A Virtual Thanksgiving Meal
Eating together on thanksgiving is such a wholesome and wonderful experience, and it would be so sad to miss out on having a thanksgiving meal with your work family. You can organize a food delivery to your colleagues’ homes and then have a virtual meal together.
It would be a great surprise for your colleagues to receive a pie or a bottle of wine at their doors and then have a toast over a zoom call.
A Gratitude Message Forum
You can arrange a forum where everybody on your team can post messages for each other and write down something that they are thankful for. It may not be the same as an in-person toast or a heartfelt speech, but it is as close as we can get to that under current circumstances.
You can use an online space or forum to do this, such as Slack, Microsoft Whiteboard, or any other online whiteboard application. This can be a great way to have a virtual thanksgiving where you let your colleagues know how much you appreciate them. It can also be very rewarding to hear the nice things that other people may have to say about you.
Virtual Thanksgiving celebrations could also be a great way to unite everyone and get into the holiday spirit! You can do many fun activities over video conferencing by hosting a virtual dinner party, exchanging gifts, or playing online games using Canva's whiteboard. Whatever you decide to do, it will be a fun and memorable way to celebrate the holiday with your colleagues!"
Although a virtual thanksgiving celebration cannot live up to actually meeting and seeing your friends, family, and colleagues, this may be the best we can do with the situation at hand. We must stay thankful and positive.
For more ideas on raising employee morale and taking new initiatives, reach out to Inspire Consulting & Management Group. We hope you have a happy virtual thanksgiving!