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