‘Tis the season for holiday parties, tacky sweaters and gift swaps. But for many of us, we have team members that are remote or even some that work from home. Since 2005, telecommuting has grown 73% across all sectors of business. With more and more teams jumping on the telework train, employees can often feel disconnected during this time of year. Because of this, showing a little appreciation for your distant teammate can really go a long way.
Here are a few ideas to keep the camaraderie alive and make your team members feel special.
How to give: Secret Santa
Gift exchanges don’t have to be in person anymore. Now with websites like DrawNames.com, you can create a Secret Santa in minutes. Simply enter the names and email addresses of the participants, the date of the exchange and the price limit and the Secret Santa Generator sends an email requesting approval from each member. Once everyone has accepted the invitation, the generator chooses a name at random and notifies each individual.
As if it couldn’t get any easier, the website then prompts users to create their wish list. They can either choose from the suggested items or type in their own. This takes the guess work out of the process—which is always a relief.
Once you have chosen a gift, just ship it to the address of your recipient. On the day of the event, you can meet in person or meet virtually to open the gifts together.
Maybe you just want to send someone a little something without making it a team production. You can send the traditional gift card, of course. Or you can do something way more unique and fun! There are sites all over the internet with brilliant, quirky gift ideas that are sure to please.
Gifts.com for example, has category after category of items to choose from. Whether you are seeking something for your eco-conscious supervisor or your sports fanatic account manager, this site has it all.
Here are some other sites to check out:
- Mignon Kitchen Co.
- Beautiful objects for prepping, baking, serving, and sharing food, from basic everyday tools to small luxuries.
- Uncommon Goods
- Cool and unusual gifts for any occasion.
- Shopping, randomized. Receive an awesome product recommendation or gift idea at the click of a button.
- Olive & Cocoa
- Hostess, housewarming, holiday elegant gifts, flowers & more.
- Awesome Claus
- Great gift ideas for $20 or less.
Where to give: Virtually
With the holiday season in full swing, coworkers are traveling, staying home with kids and attending personal functions. This can make scheduling an in-office event very difficult. But just because it’s difficult to meet in person, doesn’t mean it’s difficult to meet at all.
With virtual collaboration tools like iMeet®, a team gathering can take place on a whim. Whether you’re in the car, at home or at your grandmother’s house, iMeet gives an in-office feel even when you’re away.
With today’s technology, there’s no reason to feel the distance during the holidays.
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