Using Zoom for the virtual office meeting this holiday season
Here are some steps to help you use Zoom for a virtual office Christmas meeting:
- Create a Zoom account: If you haven’t already, sign up for a free Zoom account to host your virtual holiday gathering.
- To send invitations: Create a Zoom meeting and send all your colleagues an invitation with the date, time and link to join the call.
- Plan your virtual event: Decide on the agenda for the virtual meetup, whether it’s a celebratory holiday quiz, a virtual gift exchange, or just a casual get-together with your colleagues.
- Test your technology: Make sure you and all your colleagues have a stable internet connection and a device with a camera and microphone. Test the audio and video quality in advance to avoid technical problems during the event.
- Decorate your virtual background: Make your virtual meeting festive by using a holiday themed virtual background. Zoom offers a range of free virtual backgrounds to choose from, or you can upload your own.
- Encourage interaction: Make sure to include all your colleagues in conversations and activities during the virtual meeting. You can use Zoom’s screen sharing feature to share presentations or play games together.
- Have fun: The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the virtual get-together with your colleagues. Make the most of technology to create a festive and enjoyable experience for everyone.
“Bring the holiday cheer to your virtual office with Zoom The holiday season is a time of joy and togetherness, but with travel restrictions and remote working arrangements, it can seem difficult to catch up with your colleagues. Fear not, with Zoom you can host a memorable and fun virtual celebration without the hassle or high cost.
Here’s how to get the most out of Zoom this holiday season:
Unify distributed teams with a virtual party Bring your face-to-face, hybrid, and remote attendees together for a virtual celebration. Zoom makes it easy to create an event with activities for everyone, like B. Gift wrapping sessions, cocktail classes, karaoke, trivia or just a place to chat and enjoy a celebratory drink. With features like Smart Gallery, nobody feels left out of the fun, even when they’re in the office.
Join the fun with the Zoom App Marketplace Maximize your virtual celebration by using the Breakout Rooms feature, where attendees can choose the room they want to join. You can also delegate co-hosts to manage each room for added convenience.
For more ideas, visit the Zoom App Marketplace, where you’ll find hundreds of apps that integrate directly with Zoom and enhance your experience. From work-related apps to games like Bingo, Trivia, and Werewolf, there’s something for everyone. Start with Zoom Apps and add some virtual fun to your celebration.
Pro Tip: Prepare for a Game Night to Remember A great game night takes a little preparation, but you don’t have to do it alone. Ask your teammates to send in some trivia questions before the event and get to know each other better. And don’t forget to check with your account admin to make sure everyone can install the apps before the party. Nice holidays!”
Virtual Holiday Celebrations with Zoom
With travel budgets slashed, remote work increasing and the need for social interaction amid a pandemic, the holiday season can seem daunting. But don’t worry, you don’t need a fancy location or a big budget to give your colleagues and employees a little holiday cheer. Your trusted Zoom platform is here to help. In this article, we’ll discuss several fun and creative ways to use Zoom to add some holiday cheer to your virtual office meeting.
I. Share some tunes
Adding music to your Zoom meeting or webinar can add a festive touch to your virtual celebration. You can play your favorite Christmas carols or jingles in the waiting room and share them with your team using the computer audio sharing options in the Advanced tab.
Pro tip: Keep it simple and clean and let your colleagues contribute by sending Christmas playlist recommendations. Avoid drowning out the music to allow clear communication during the meeting.
II. White Elephant Gift Exchange
Keep the gift-giving tradition alive with a virtual gift exchange featuring white elephants. Have the team send their gifts (via website links) to the organizer, who can then randomize names and gifts to start the game. The organizer can order or send the gifts directly to each team member after the game ends.
Pro tip: Get creative by creating virtual backgrounds for each gift to show which items were chosen or stolen. Once a person has a gift, send them the appropriate virtual background so everyone in the conversation knows what gift they have.
III. Culinary team building
A. Cooking class:
Plan a team building activity that is not a meeting but a cooking class with a professional chef. Share the recipe with the team in advance and allow them to calculate the ingredients. This is a fun and delicious way for your team to network and interact.
Pro tip: Freeze or highlight the chef’s video to ensure the pro’s instructions are not interrupted by other participants who may be cooking or cutting.
B. Sharing a meal:
If you’re looking for a way to connect with your team outside of work, send a DoorDash or UberEats gift card, or allow your team to pay for a meal. Plan a long Zoom lunch and use the time to socialize and exchange ideas with your colleagues.
Pro Tip: Use screen sharing to show everyone’s lunch specials.
Virtual holiday celebrations can be just as festive and enjoyable as in-person gatherings. With the help of Zoom, you can bring your team together and create lasting memories, even when working remotely. For more tips and insights on leading virtual teams, check out the free e-book, Making Deep Connections with Remote Teams, written by the Zoom People Experience team.