5 Morale Boosting Activities to Bring Holiday Cheer to Remote Workers

Lift your remote employees’ spirits with game nights, book clubs, holiday parties and more.

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As you plan your virtual holiday party and collect holiday gift ideas, consider spending more time with your employees throughout the holiday season to keep your distributed workforce connected.

Here are five moral boosting activities to bring in the holidays:

1. Remote holiday party

Often, a corporate holiday party is a chance for your entire company to come together–where employees who work in different departments and who don’t chat every day get to know each other better. Your virtual team party ideas should enable this relationship-building despite being remote. Use Zoom breakout rooms to help create more intimate moments so later down the line, if someone has a quick question, they feel comfortable reaching out to their coworker in another department. 

Without corporate catering, you can create a similar atmosphere using Expensed Meals, where everyone can order individual meals from their favorite restaurants. Talking about their local restaurants and their food choices will be a great icebreaker for your remote holiday party.

2. Virtual book club

Books can help us improve our leadership skills, be more productive, and be better teammates. Build a company reading list and offer to cover the cost of books for anyone who chooses to join. This is a chance for employees to learn new skills, share their experiences, and get to know each other. 

3. Host coffee chats

Adam Morgan, the executive creative director at Adobe, wanted to find ways to spur creativity in his remote team. He noticed his brainstorming meetings weren’t as effective when remote, and thus designed “digital water cooler moments,” or meetings with no agenda, where people could casually chat. Morgan found these meetings were helpful: “We’d have people come in and say, ‘Hey did you hear about blink?’ or, ‘There’s this cool thing I saw on YouTube that you should check out,’ and it would trigger conversations that ultimately led to new thoughts or ideas. Marketers really need those kinds of super-valuable water-cooler moments.” 

Covering the cost of their coffee using Expensed Meals is a small price to pay for the new innovative ideas your employees come up with to help your business grow.

4. Game nights

There are a bunch of fun games employees can play together remotely. For example, Skribbl is a fun online drawing game where up to 12 employees can choose a series of words to draw using their mouse. Jackbox Games also has group games, such as trivia or having to come up with one-liners for a virtual “open mic,” where employees can vote on which joke they think is the most funny. 

5. Virtual Secret Santa

Assign employees a Secret Santa. They can mail their gifts and you can host a gift-opening ceremony over Zoom and give people the chance to guess who gave each gift. This virtual spin can bring teams together as they laugh at gag gifts and more.

Offering free food to employees is another great reward to consider throughout the holidays. 

Luckily whenever you’re planning events, with Expensed Meals, your employees can log into their DoorDash accounts and purchase individual meals–meeting your budgetary guidelines–that can be easily expensed to the company account. 

Contact us to learn more about food perks you can gift employees over the holidays. 


Kristen Van Nest

Kristen Van Nest

Freelance B2B Writer