In the spirit of togetherness, we’re making the most of every moment with our team this holiday season. While a traditional holiday party may not be in the cards, we are here with five awesome tips to make your virtual party a memorable event full of laughs and holiday joy!
Before we jump into our tips, we recommend sending out a survey to see what your coworkers want to do at a holiday event. This way, everyone can be a part of the planning!
Organize a Festive Dress Code
Whether you want to take the ugly Christmas sweater route or encourage everyone to dress in their favorite holiday attire, dressing up for a party is a lot of fun. Many people love to get creative and festive with makeup, hats, sweaters, and jewelry. This can make a group photo look great for your company’s social media accounts, too!
Holiday Movie Screening
What’s better than watching a holiday movie with friends and coworkers? This one is a great idea for a company-wide survey. Include either an open-ended answer box or give choices to see what people may want to watch. It can even be a short holiday special, like the classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
Play a Game
Games are more than possible on a video call—they’re perfect for it! Honorable mention goes to “Mostly Likely To” where someone reads prompts such as “Most likely to forget their own birthday” and the group all writes down who in the group best fits the script. This one will lead to lots of laughs, like when everyone chooses someone different, or even better: when the answer is totally unanimous.
Holiday Movie Trivia
Take all the holiday classics and put together a good old-fashioned game of trivia. Have someone in charge of asking questions and keeping score, and let the fun begin. Your movie buffs will love this one, but there is one flaw. How can we make sure no one is cheating at a virtual party? I guess we’ll have to go by the honor system!
Make a Festive Treat as a Team
Winter gifts us with amazing festive snacks and drinks that can be a lot of fun to make as a group, even virtually. The first that comes to mind is a gingerbread house making party, but there are so many possibilities like hot cocoa, holiday cookies, and Rice Krispy treats.
We hope these ideas can spark some inspiration for a possible virtual holiday party for you and your coworkers. The relationships we build at work can lead to incredible bonds. Enjoy each other this holiday season!
From your friends at The Rideshare Company: Be well, stay safe, and Happy Holidays!
During the holiday season, we all have so much on our plates… Especially on Thanksgiving when our plates are full of delicious food! With a little extra TLC, we can make small changes to make our holiday eco-friendly. We’re here to help with 5 tips!
Carpool to Thanksgiving Day Dinner
Thanksgiving and the days leading up to it are always extremely busy days to drive. The roads are full of people going to and from family gatherings and rushing around for last minute grocery store trips. Ask your loved ones if anyone wants to ride with you to Thanksgiving this year. Less traffic congestion means less vehicle emissions.
Hear Us Out… Skip the Turkey
We know it’s hard to imagine Thanksgiving without carving a turkey. But, we can still keep the spirit of tradition with nostalgic and delicious side dishes while trying a new main course. The carbon footprint of the tens of millions of turkeys consumed every November is substantial. While, yes, turkeys are more efficient to farm and feed than other meat sources such as cows, it isn’t exactly sustainable. Isn’t the best part of Thanksgiving dinner the sides and dessert anyway?
Get your trimmings and sides from local growers! Shopping at a farmer’s market on the weekend can be a great way to check ingredients off your shopping list in a way that makes you feel great. A sustainable way to shop, both environmentally and economically, farmer’s markets can provide you with great quality and prices for your Thanksgiving staples like Brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, and baked goods.
Wasting food is not on the menu this Thanksgiving. We are planning ahead and buying take-home containers so that all of our guests can help themselves to leftovers of their choosing. One sustainable tip is to thrift dishes from a secondhand store instead of buying single-use plastic containers. This way, your guests can reuse the dishes themselves, and you can minimize waste even more.
Give Back to the Community
If you have the means, buy a couple extra cans of corn or other non-perishables when you’re shopping for your Thanksgiving dinner. Grocery stores usually have food drive bins this time of year, and you can easily give back this way. With even a few dollars, you can provide people in your community with a little taste of the holiday season.
We hope that having a more sustainable Thanksgiving can bring you a sense of gratefulness and pride this year. No matter how you celebrate, from your friends at The Rideshare Company: Have a wonderful holiday season!
This Sunday, November 13th, the world celebrates kindness and the power that compassion has to bind us all together. It is World Kindness Day!
It doesn’t have to be a special day to show kindness, however. Here are some ways to make kindness a part of your daily life that will spread to others, yourself, and the world around you.
Kindness Toward Others
Send a good morning text message to someone you love or someone you miss.
Smile. Share a smile with a stranger, with coworkers, with the person who held the door open for you. You never know whose day you could brighten.
On your commute, be a safe driver. Let that car merge into your lane. Smile and wave if someone does the same for you.
Kindness Toward Yourself
Be intentional with moments of joy. Play music while you cook. Look through your phone’s photo album at all the good memories you have stored inside. Make time to show yourself that kindness.
Be silly. Hold your mug of coffee with two hands like you’re the main character in a Hallmark holiday movie and smile as you start your day. Listen to a podcast that makes you laugh. Send goofy photos to a loved one.
Take it slow. Park at the far end of the parking lot and take a nice walk into the office or the store. Go through your morning routine with kindness toward yourself by choosing an outfit you feel confident in or doing your hair a little different than usual.
Kindness Toward the Planet
Carpool with a coworker or friend. This will do wonders for your own joy, your coworker’s, and your carbon footprint.
Start an outdoor hobby. Plant in-season produce if you have a backyard or community garden. Buy some perennial flower seeds to plant in your front yard, attracting pollinators and bringing some beauty to your lawn.
Save energy around you. As you go through your day, unplug appliances you aren’t using. Turn off those lights and open the blinds instead. Wash your clothes in cold water and only in full loads. Take transit to work once a week. These changes will save you money, too!
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
Whether you’re looking to surprise your coworkers with a snack in the break room, the carpool, or something to add some life to your packed lunch, we have a few fall recipes that are perfect for bringing to the office this October. (Note: Always be aware of coworker allergies before offering snacks, or label with ingredients used!)
Mini Pumpkin Muffins
Customizable, snackable, and easy, mini muffins are a perfect snack on the go. Great for breakfast, lunch, or just a treat throughout the workday, it’s as easy as popping one into your mouth! Imagine breaking these out in the carpool on the way to work? Instant breakfast for everyone! We like to sneak white chocolate chips or walnuts into our mini pumpkin muffins. They’re the perfect festive October snack that your coworkers are sure to be thankful for. If you make a batch of mini muffins and found it to be a success, you can even shake it up and make different flavors next week, like banana, chocolate chip, or cinnamon streusel.
DIY Granola Bars
We’re over individually packaged store-bought granola bars this October. We’re making them ourselves! Did you know it’s as easy as mixing quick cook oats with a sweetener, a fat, and whatever add-ins you like? Homemade granola bars are a perfect energy boosting snack to slip in your lunch box, your kids’ packed lunches, or on a plate in the break room. In one batch of a simple granola bar base, you can make multiple flavor combinations so you can bring in a variety for your coworkers to choose from. Some of our favorite ingredients to add are: nut butter, mini chocolate chips, dried fruits, and sliced almonds.
This one is simple, sweet, and perfectly embodies the fall season: Homemade apple chips. This treat is the perfect opportunity to practice your slicing skills and put some freshly picked apples to use without having to bake a pie. Is anything more satisfying than the flavor combination of apple and cinnamon? Making a batch of baked apple chips gives you the perfect snack to pack every day and its super sharable! Try different types of apples to mix things up and have a perfect fall snack at the ready!
Do you have a favorite fall recipe to bring to work? Any vegan or allergy-friendly versions of the ones we’ve shared? Whether it’s made from fall ingredients or maybe Halloween themed, tweet them at us using the hashtag #TweetYourTreats!
Everyone is getting into the Halloween spirit now that October is here. Want to get the party started in your carpool? Grab the aux cord. We’ve got you covered. Check out these five songs from our spooky season playlist that will make for a chilling drive to the office with your coworkers.
#1: The Monster Mash
by Bobby “Boris” Pickett, the Crypt-Kickers
This classic song has the power to transport anyone to a costume party. Get the good times started with a recognizable tune that everyone will know by the first line.
#2: I Put a Spell on You
by Nina Simone
This unforgettable song has the beat and lyrics to hypnotize everyone in the car. Put on the “Hocus Pocus” version, and then we’ve got a party.
#3: People Are Strange
by The Doors
This one always sends a shiver down our spine. It just feels like a cold autumn night with the minor key and lonely sound. Bring on the nostalgia in with this one.
by Ray Parker Jr.
There won’t be a ghost or ghoul in the car that can stop themselves from singing along to this one. Imagine listening to this on a chilly fall morning with your carpool crew. You just might have to stop for a pumpkin spice latte on your way to work.
by Michael Jackson
The moment the first note hits, expect an uproar. This iconic song with a dance that transcends time might even have to play a second time in the carpool. Make sure to tell your passengers to keep their dance moves under control so you can drive safely!