The Christmas season is fast approaching. And for every company that wishes to keep their employees’ spirits alive, especially during the busiest time of the year, it is imperative to find the best team building activities that fit the holiday mood.
Team building activities can be a great opportunity for companies to bring their members together and have a jolly mood. At the same time, it can build team dynamics. Here are some team building ideas this Christmas season that you might want to go for.
Food is always a good idea to bring people closer together. But during the Christmas season, it’s a good idea to do it in such a way that everyone contributes. Potluck dinner is always a good idea since people can feel good sharing their recipes.
If you have an organization that includes members from different cultural backgrounds, it can be a good idea to ask them to bring something from their family’s recipe. This way, each member of the organization can get to learn something new about each other. It can be a great way to open up conversations and to get to know each other outside the confines of just work.
As a rule of thumb, bring food that is good for at least five people. This is also cheaper compared to having dinner, especially during the Christmas season. You might even have difficulty having a reservation. With a potluck dinner, it can be done in the office after office hours or maybe on someone’s home.
Almost all companies spend on their employees’ Christmas party. Christmas party is not just an occasion where people can drink alcohol and eat lots of food. It is time for them to unwind and have a good time with each other. It can also be a way to celebrate the ups and downs of the year.
One common misconception by company owners is that they have to celebrate grandly. This isn’t the case especially if you only have a small company. Just provide some music, a few drinks, and some food and you are ready to go. Keep in mind that the reason why Christmas parties are popular is to keep the morale of the employees. This can keep them motivated to work especially once the New Year comes.
Celebrating Christmas can be tricky because there is also the chance that people will go wild on drinks. This is the last thing that you want. Instead of seeing your members drunk after the night, you want to make sure that they get to know each other and bond with them. You can plan activities such as games or even a karaoke night during your Christmas party. This can help keep them occupied and avoid excessive drinking.
Volunteer Work At Your Nearest Non-Profit Organization
Aside from your typical dinners and Christmas parties, you can also have a more meaningful team-building activity with members of your team. You can celebrate Christmas by helping other people. You can get members of the organization to participate in volunteer work. Perhaps, have a day where you can volunteer to feed the hungry homeless individuals. Or perhaps, participate in activities that can help provide toys for children. There are a lot of non-profit organizations that you can partner with. And also, this can be a good way to get members to build teamwork as they finish a common goal of helping beneficiaries of the organization.
Typically, these team-building volunteer activities are done instead of a workday. Instead of going to work, members of your organization will be volunteering. This is why a lot of members of companies look forward to these types of activities. It gets their attention off the typical day at the office, however, they are still getting paid for their day. And not to mention, they can feel good after simply because they accomplished a good deed.
Ugly Sweater Day
Now, if you are running out of ideas for a Christmas team building activity, you can lighten the mood and have an ugly sweater day at work. It’s simple. Everyone needs to bring their ugly Christmas sweater at work. This could help lighten the mood in the office. A lot of businesses are still busy during the Christmas season. This simple activity can help lighten the mood. It can help bring smiles and give them the drive to work. They can also feel that it’s already Christmas and it’s that time of the year to be happy.
What’s Christmas without gift-giving activities? You can be someone’s mystery Santa. It works by drawing the names of other team members. And also, everyone is going to have a wish list written somewhere. It can even be done online or in a bulletin board in your office.
One of the rules that you can set is that the one giving the gift should remain anonymous. This could add a fun factor to the entire activity. Plus, everyone must agree to the minimum cost of the gift. This way, it won’t be unfair to some that they are going to receive a $5 when they spent $75.
Now, companies can also do their small gestures. Some companies provide gifts as a sign of appreciation for the hard work that members of the organization have done throughout the year. It doesn’t have to be an expensive gift. It can be a small souvenir. It can even be a mug with a personalized name written on it. This is an inexpensive option that can bring a smile to their faces.
Christmas season is that time of the year where companies can regroup and take advantage of the happy mood people are in. You can have team building activities to iron out some conflicts within the organization. Or maybe, you can develop trust and team dynamics within the organization by doing so.
Christmas team building ideas don’t need to be over complicated. It can be a simple dinner and gift-giving activity. Plus, you can combine these ideas to make a memorable experience for the members of your organization.