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‘Tis the Season: 4 Ideas for Digital Company Holiday Events

Posted By Bella Pace | Nov 23, 2020 9:00 AM
‘Tis the Season: 4 Ideas for Digital Company Holiday Events

‘Twas December 10th, 2019, and all came together from the HqO team.
They gathered in office with holiday cheer, and excitedly received their new HqO gear.
After the gifts the awards show occurred, then later that night the annual party emerged.
We ate and we drank, we had sushi with soy. We hugged and shook hands, oh what a joy!

That was the scene of the HqO holiday party in 2019. The year 2020 looks to be unfolding differently for most of us; employees are feeling less connected to one another and to their employers, and many haven’t been to the office in months. At this time of year — more than any other — offering a platform for connection is so important. 

In one of our recent surveys, 92% percent of employees noted that they have missed real engagement with colleagues the most over the last several months, demonstrating a clear need for companies to bridge the gap between digital and physical office experiences to find new and engaging ways to connect a dispersed workforce. As we get closer towards the end of the year, we also know that annual celebrations are just one of many things that our customers don’t want to miss out on.

There’s no better way to spread holiday cheer throughout your building community than allowing tenants to give back to their local community, or sending a customized gift. With HqOS™ and our best-in-class technology partners, we’re making sure these activities can still be achieved virtually. Here are four digital programming ideas to help your company maintain your beloved traditions and keep people connected this holiday season:

Make a Difference

Want to offer your tenants a more hands-on experience and bring people together during the holidays? Encourage virtual volunteering! Many of us turn to those in need this time of year, looking for ways to give back to our local communities. HqOS Marketplace partner Building Impact affords their clients the ability to plan a customized virtual day of service, where tenant companies can choose from a variety of volunteer opportunities, join live events to volunteer together, and receive updates on how their team is performing. Some examples of these virtual events include holding a holiday gift card donation drive, assembling gift baskets for families in transition, or packaging a set of winter essentials for local veterans. Providing meaningful virtual service activities allows your tenants to still give back this holiday season, no matter where they work.

Create Holiday-Themed Experiences

HqOS Marketplace partner ZogCulture works with clients to plan custom virtual events. Choose the activities you want to offer, and ZogCulture executes and supports those needs. Currently, their digital holiday parties can include: welcome remarks from leadership, customized breakout activities and workshops, holiday-themed trivia, carolers, or even a winter mixology class! 

In the same ways typical holiday parties support a range of guests and diversified experiences, ZogCulture’s events can accommodate any-sized group, and can even replicate large-scale events through the combination of group sessions and smaller breakout sessions. They also understand that with everything going on, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and behind on scheduling. Therefore, they’re currently booking January events since it’s just as impactful for tenants to kick off the new year with a strong celebration.

“Our events bring people together to form strong connections through play. We’ve been able to successfully translate this virtually because we offer more than just a meeting place and time; our events are each organized around engaging, interactive activities. Whether it’s a team-oriented game or a guided meditation session, we want our events to be fun and easy for people to participate in — and to help revive the connections that people have been starved for since working from home.”

– Kelaine Conochan, National Marketing Director at ZogCulture

Additionally, you can elevate your weekly happy hour with a virtual workshop. HqOS Marketplace partner Alice’s Table offers experiential classes nationwide. Offering tenants a thoughtful hands-on experience has never been easier — Alice’s Table sends out supplies beforehand and guides participants through step-by-step instructions. They currently offer several Thanksgiving and holiday masterclasses that send flowers in the mail to assemble a vase or wreath perfect for any Thanksgiving table or door.

Send a Custom Gift

Virtual gifting platform THNKS, one of many current virtual gifting options for HqO clients, knows that “everyone likes someone who appreciates them.” Their services allow clients to choose their budget and send gift vouchers to individuals in a building. Similarly, Snappy Gifts offers a service in which clients can choose their budget and then send physical gifts to tenants at home.

Host a Raffle

Looking for more fun ways to keep tenants and their employees engaged, while also showing your appreciation and spreading some holiday joy? Through our Tenant Experience Platform, landlords can host daily raffle prizes to tenants and their employees. Having your very own “12 Days of Gifting” is a great way to close out the year with a bang, and is certainly something that your tenants will remember for years to come.

2020 may keep us apart, but that doesn’t mean a building can’t still have a heart.
Use digital tools and HqOS to spread holiday cheer without causing distress.
Our Marketplace partners have just what you need, to create an experience that’s top notch indeed!

For more information about how you can take advantage of our digital programming for the holidays, schedule a demo today.