For Remote Employees, The Best Christmas Gift Is Acknowledgment - Deepstash
Holiday events build connections

Working from home has the potential to be very isolating. Holding virtual holiday events are a way to build connections with faraway colleagues.

A company holiday party acts as an acknowledgement of your membership in a community and recognition of your work. When the option for you to participate is missing, it can send a signal that you're not a full member or fully appreciated.

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Just being invited to the party is not enough. Many companies inadvertently make remote employees feel like second-class citizens. When organizing company events, they do not consider the logistical problems their remote employees face, such as plane tickets and hotel costs.

Some companies who do remember to host remote workers do not always include them properly. Videoconferencing means virtual employees can watch everyone having a good time, but they can't participate and will still feel excluded.

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In order to make a holiday event inclusive for everyone, companies can come up with ways to celebrate and have fun together.

  • They could set a clear expectation that for the first half-hour, employees will talk about their greatest accomplishments from the year and what they want to bring into the new year.
  • Turning on the camera could be made mandatory.
  • Come prepared with conversation starters like, "What's your plan for the holiday?"
  • An instant messaging platform like Slack can be used for people to discuss their interests outside work.
  • Companies can give a budget to employees who live in the same location to throw their own local holiday party.
  • Those who don't have other colleagues close can create their own party open to anyone working remotely. They can unite around the idea of remote work.

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