As the festive season rolls in, things are a little more optimistic than it was a year ago. As an employer, if you want to make it special for employees, here are some ideas that are fun, engaging, safe, and good for everyone’s health and soul!
Hire garba/dandiya/bhangra trainers to conduct online workshops, even rotating between different Indian folk dance forms. You could also consider having staggered in-person, small group sessions at an outdoor space at the office.
What’s also great is an hour of dandiya or similar dance can help burn through 500 to 700 calories on average. That’s fitness hour sorted!
Run events for the entire festive season, pairing employees randomly, so people can get to know more of their coworkers across teams. This will help employees bond with their partners and also help those struggling with loneliness that is typical at festival times, when families normally come together.
Two-Person Team Activities For Employees
If you run a hybrid workplace, this is a great way for you to make teams feel “together” even when they are not physically in the same space at the same time.
For offices where employees are coming in on rotation, do a decor relay. The team for each “zone” of the office has to coordinate online and everyone does a little bit more for the decor each day. By Dussehra/Durga Puja/Navratri/Diwali, your office will look festive and beautiful.
Art activities can be conducted both online as well as safely distanced offline. Invite a trainer/artist to run the workshop and provide employees with the supplies they need to make their own diyas/candles or other artwork.
If you are running these at the office, have designated seats that are distanced, conduct outdoors if possible, and provide take-home snacks or goody bags with more supplies for everyone.
Roll out a fitness challenge, so everyone can work at getting fitter before diwali arrives next month. The winners can be judged for how close they have come to their goals and prizes could be shopping vouchers from a sports or department store.
Festive Fitness Challenge Awards
Try these to stay safe and healthy and keep your employees’ spirits high. There’s plenty to celebrate. Whatever you choose to do this festive season, don’t forget to have fun!
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