If you didn't already know, remote work is here to stay. According to statistics, there'll be more than 36 million American remote workers by 2025. This is excellent news for the over 97% of remote employees who don't want to work on-site full-time any longer. If you're one of them, accept the hearty congratulations from all of us at CoffeePals.
While remote work may be convenient, there are many disadvantages to working from home. For example, you wouldn't enjoy those celebratory office events anymore, right? Wrong. There are different ways to have team celebrations online.
With virtual conferencing platforms like Microsoft Teams, you can connect with your work pals remotely, just like in old times. This means you don't have to worry about missing out on your favorite team get-togethers anymore. While we're excited to let you know where we come in, you should understand the essence of virtual team celebrations first.
We've also put together numerous unique ideas to explore with your co-workers. Are you ready? Let's get started.
Why Search for Virtual Project Team Celebration Ideas?
Celebrating small wins and milestones as a team has numerous benefits. But you don't have to wait for something out of the ordinary to happen before organizing virtual work parties.
Just like money spent on experiences is never a waste, so is time spent on remote project celebrations. Here's why:
Socialization and Combating Loneliness
While remote work has its benefits, let's face it — it has disadvantages too. For example, it can get lonely sometimes, having to do all that office work without your office buddies. Trust us when we say that we know how draining loneliness can be.
According to research, 21% of remote workers think loneliness is the biggest challenge in working from home. Virtual team celebrations are a fantastic way to socialize with your team and shake off that loneliness. This means that you enjoy the feeling of togetherness while working from home.
A Sense of Mutual Purpose and Community
Everyone needs a sense of purpose and community to perform tasks optimally. In addition, that sense of purpose gives you the motivation to get up from bed in the morning to clear out your to-do lists.
How do you keep this motivation alive? One of the most effective ways is connecting with your team. Virtual team celebrations help your remote team to build this sense of community. With CoffeePals, you can automatically virtually pair up employees for informal chats or even virtual mentoring and onboarding sessions:
At CoffeePals, our favorite reason for facilitating remote events is boosting team engagement. That's why we are always so excited to think up creative virtual team holiday celebration ideas. Learn more about how we do this by subscribing to our newsletter.
These events ensure that everyone in your virtual team participates in an activity — even the most introverted among them. As such, virtual celebrations help to boost everyone's team bonding skills.
Increased Employee Productivity
Celebrating employees' victories encourages them to do better. It's one of the most effective ways to motivate staff to increase their efficiency.
When Is the Best Time to Implement Your Virtual Team Celebration Ideas?
There's no appropriate time to have a virtual team bonding moment. Apart from having fun, these activities help to boost employee productivity and business growth. So, it's an integral part of every remote team's success. So, feel free to organize a virtual team celebration when you think it's long overdue.
However, there are specific occasions where a remote celebration makes so much sense. They include:
- After rounding off a project
- Upon completing probation
- When someone gets a promotion or salary raise
- Celebrating a customer's fantastic reviews
- When someone is leaving the organization
- Company anniversaries
- When the team meets a target
- There's a breakthrough of any sort
Top Virtual Team End of Year Celebration Ideas to Implement
Are you ready to have the fun of your life while bonding with your office team members? Then these virtual team celebration ideas will get you in a frenzy:
What's a party without champagne?
From: Corporate Gift
In the cocktail shake-up event, a wine expert will anchor a tasty drink tutorial and a drinking game. Then, each team member gets some ingredients to mix up fancy drinks and celebrate with. It's perfect for celebrating birthdays, promotions, end of year events, etc.
Just a Darn Fun Event
As the name suggests, this activity involves so much fun you wouldn't want it to end. It's a combination of your favorite games like rapid-fire Bingo, trivia mashups, etc. It takes about an hour to conclude. On Microsoft Teams, you can download apps like Trivia to play fun quizzes as a team.
Virtual Care Package
This activity involves sending surprise gifts to employees in the form of care packages. This activity helps to boost employee morale and make them feel valued. Unique present ideas include scented candles, house plants, craft kits, etc.
Trivia games are one of the most exciting ways to ensure everyone participates in the virtual game celebration. You can prepare questions that suit the reason for the merrymaking. Alternatively, you can also use online trivia services.
Celebrate diversity and boost inclusion by observing unfamiliar holidays that may be special to only certain team members. These holiday celebrations help to highlight their culture, learn new things, and show them how much you value them. Some unfamiliar holidays include National Puppy Day, Scavenger Hunt Day, Boss's Day, etc.
Karaoke can be a fun virtual team event for the music lovers out there,
Employees can decide whether they want to dance, sing, or watch others singing. You can also get them to submit their favorite song before the celebration date.
Organize your karaoke to suit team members' preferences and make it fun in your unique way. For example, you can infuse a dance competition into your karaoke.
Annual Success Stories
Sharing success stories is one of the most fantastic year-end virtual team celebration ideas. Compile the team's achievements for the year, dedicate a date to celebrate, and read them aloud. You can reminisce on what you've accomplished together using photos and sharing experiences.
Send pizza to team members and discuss different topics together while munching on the snacks. Every participant gets a gift card or stipend to purchase their favorite snacks. It's a creative way to turn lunchtime into bonding time or a learning event.
CoffeePals team lunch guide has extensive information to get you started.
Watching a movie with your team is one of the best ways to get introverts actively involved in the celebration. It's a time for them to relax and get comfortable with the team while partaking in an activity they love. Also, you can decide to schedule breaks where team members can discuss and build connections with each other.
Online Birthday Celebrations
Show your team how much you value them by tracking their birthdays and celebrating with a virtual party.
Social Media Shoutouts
With everyone finding more creative ways to utilize social media, you and your team shouldn't be left out. You can ask for your team's approval to give a shout out to them on social media — just as you would friends and family. Here’s a great one by Habitat for Humanity:
It's an affordable and convenient way to celebrate your team members' achievements. Social media shoutouts also extend the celebration to the team's loved ones. They'll appreciate the gesture.
Online Cooking Class
You get a professional to teach the team to prepare specific special delicacies in an online cooking class. Employees get to interact with each other as they learn to cook.
Virtual Team Holiday Celebration Best Practices
Regardless of the celebration activity you're having, these guidelines will help you make the best of them:
You Don't Have to Break the Bank
We know you love the finer things of life and would always love a grand celebration. However, the beauty of virtual celebration is the team connection and not grandeur. So, you don't have to spend lots of money planning one.
Again, who says you must plan every virtual celebration with your colleagues beforehand? You can give a shout-out to appreciate a hard worker during a department meeting or any other official function. There are no strict rules to these things.
Be Generous and Specific With Praises
Never underestimate the importance of praises and commendation in boosting an employee's morale. But, again, you don't have to wait till they've done something extraordinary to give a shout-out.
Genuinely appreciate your coworkers for whatever assistance they may have offered you. Remember to be specific with your praises by mentioning what you're thanking them for. Trust us; they'll look for opportunities to do better.
Pleasant Surprises Are Never Old Fashioned
Surprise your team with a sweet gesture they never expected. There are many surprise ideas to explore, from personalized "thank you" cards to paid courses and career coaching sessions.
It's Time to Get the Ball Rolling!
What's your favorite virtual team celebration idea? We can't wait to see you execute them. But more than just watching you enjoy your celebration, we want to be part of it.
At CoffeePals, we help teams within Microsoft Teams build stronger bonds through online coffee chats. Get started today.