As we enter the second year of the pandemic, working from home has become second nature for most. But a lot of companies are missing the team bonding and camaraderie that comes with it. Employers have this continued challenge of trying to motivate their staff from home and below are some of the most popular gifts and team bonding ideas available in the UK.

Food Delivery or Subscription Boxes

Some companies are treating their staff to a weekly takeaway lunch or coffee subscription box. It is a nice touch that your employees are sure to appreciate. 

The most popular meal deliveries come from All Plants, Gousto and Hello Fresh, with restaurant kits now also available from a number of well-known chains, allowing you to get fresh ingredients when you eat at home. Meal kits are now available from Patty&Bun, Pilgrims Pizza and even steak restaurant Hawksmoor from just £70.

Group Workouts

Keeping active is one of the best things you can do for both your physical and mental health. Make it a team activity and schedule a group workout to keep your team active and productive. There are plenty of resources available to cover everything from intense HIIT workouts, to Yoga, to 80s-style aerobic class! 

Cocktail Kit Evenings

Missing nights at the pub for a post-work drink? You are not alone. Post-work drinks are a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and disconnect from work. You can arrange a virtual cocktail night with cocktail kits sent straight to the doors of your employees. That way you can get together on Zoom for a night of silliness. There are also non-alcoholic options available for any staff members who prefer to go alcohol free. 

Cocktail kits from Taste Cocktails start from £22.00 and include popular beverages such as Espresso Martinis, Mojitos and Magheritas. 

A package or gift of gin and tonic from I Love Gin costs just £14.00 and includes 4 servings.

Virtual Concerts / Theatre

One of the things people are keenly missing in this lockdown is a lack of music and theatre. For the culture vultures among us, there are plenty of virtual solutions. Many artists are live streaming gigs and concerts and there are also theatre performances being streamed. Why not get your team together for a “night at the theatre” and in the process support one of the hardest hit sectors! 

Games Nights

Life could do with a dose of entertainment right now. A staff games night brings some friendly competition to the table and allows team members to bond from afar. Whether you want to go for a classic quiz or something a bit more high-tech like a virtual escape room, a games night could liven up another lockdown evening and give your staff a well-earned break.

Cooking Classes

Invite your team to don their chef hats for the night with a virtual cooking class. With everything from pizza to paella to pierogi, there are many virtual dining experiences available sure to tickle the team tastebuds. With all the international options available, it also provides a touch of the exotic whilst we are staying at home.

See also our guide on 15 ways to motivate employees when working from home.

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.