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How to get out of your work's depressing Zoom party

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FestiveZoom Wed 02-Dec-20 15:42:27

Mine will involve Karaoke. 😶 How are your annual "rewards" coming along? Got anything to beat that?

YABU: Awww, this is a fabulous idea, more festive Zoom, more more more! 🥳

YANBU: Cringe, vomit, avoid. 🤮

www.wired.co.uk/article/christmas-zoom-party-work-excuses

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Mylittleturkeysandwich Wed 02-Dec-20 15:44:22

I'm organising ours with quizzes and silly awards. It's not mandatory though.

TheTempest Wed 02-Dec-20 15:45:24

We’re doing an online escape room thing. I’m quite looking forward to it though!

BaronessBomburst Wed 02-Dec-20 15:46:36

A Zoom Christmas party?! shock

FestiveZoom Wed 02-Dec-20 15:47:02

Ours is within work hours to ensure maximum compulsory attendance. It's almost like they know. 🤔

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unmarkedbythat Wed 02-Dec-20 15:47:57

Oh, no, my internet has gone down

Cottagepieandpeas Wed 02-Dec-20 15:48:00

I mean it sounds awful to me.
But at least make plans to escape after an hour or whatever.
If you do enjoy it you can stay on!

TheresNothingIWantMore Wed 02-Dec-20 15:48:33

Ahh no, isn't that the day Virgin are digging up the road outside your house and accidentally taking out everyone's Internet access for a few hours?

dottiedaisee Wed 02-Dec-20 15:48:36

Sounds absolutely awful...think my internet connection would have a fault 😳

Longdistance Wed 02-Dec-20 15:48:46

Can the internet not go down? Power cut at home?

TheDowagerDuchess Wed 02-Dec-20 15:49:09

I don’t think karaoke is suited to zoom

Ours is going to be - Christmas themed quiz, informal chat that people can stay for or not, and bring along festive snack/ drink/ whatever, optional Christmas jumpers and Christmas background with the option (again) to donate to save the children if you want.

Diverseduvet Wed 02-Dec-20 15:50:13

This is another good reason I'm self employed

QueenPaws Wed 02-Dec-20 15:51:59

Yanbu. My idea of hell
Our boss has said sod it, let's put it back to summer and we can all have a giant pub crawl and some food when it's sunny and places are open. So we are just doing secret Santa and getting an extra two days off work. Win

LoisWilkersonslastnerve Wed 02-Dec-20 15:52:21

I put a pudding bowl on my head to trim my fringe and its stuck. It will be stuck until the pandemic and zoom cult is gone.

ClumsyAnnabel Wed 02-Dec-20 15:52:22

Oh god I'd settle for a zoom this year over the ones we usually have where it's essentially team building and ALWAYS outside doing some Bear Grylls style nonsense. I was so cold last year I was physically shaking on the train home. Gruesome!

Although knowing my bosses they'll find a way to get us outdoors on zoom... Brrrrr...

sqirrelfriends Wed 02-Dec-20 15:52:49

Yanbu, ours in mandatory which kind of sucks the fun out of it.

I'm going to try to enjoy it by drinking a few glasses of Prosecco and gorging on chocolate.

unmarkedbythat Wed 02-Dec-20 15:53:05

Who makes party attendance compulsory, ffs? What's that supposed to achieve?

CoffeeSTAT Wed 02-Dec-20 15:53:40

@TheTempest we are also doing an escape room. I just looked at your other threads to check we don't work together blush we don't wink

My DPs zoom drinks things are every month and each 'party room' is 8 people picked at random. There are 700 people in his office so he often doesn't know them well, or at all shock

TooManyDogsandChildren Wed 02-Dec-20 15:54:50

Worse still, my boss has decreed we must go to their house and stand in the garden for ours. Apparently it is OK because it is a "work meeting".

They live in an area I would normally never drive to because of ridiculous residents parking restrictions, but I am certainly not going to take the bus then worry if I have CV all over Christmas. I hate work parties at the best of times but everyone else is gushing how lovely it will be to see each other IRL fhmm

BreakfastOfWaffles Wed 02-Dec-20 15:54:54

I think my children might have to be ill on that day and require supervision!

ComtesseDeSpair Wed 02-Dec-20 15:58:52

I’m just thinking of mine as something that, for some of my colleagues, is some of the only social contact they get: not everyone has a family at home or nearby friends to call or socially distance walk with and as a workplace wellbeing mentor I know that I have colleagues who are struggling and actually feel grateful for the social Zooms.

Besides that, it’s hardly a hardship for me to sit on my sofa and drink a couple of glasses of wine with some music on in the background whilst chatting to people online.

If you want ideas though, my team has been doing “who would live in a house like this” for our team meetings every week and taking it in turns to do a video tour of our homes and then quiz everyone to see what they remember about it.

FestiveZoom Wed 02-Dec-20 15:59:59

My DPs zoom drinks things are every month and each 'party room' is 8 people picked at random. There are 700 people in his office so he often doesn't know them well, or at all

Jesus wept. The horror of being the host...

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katy1213 Wed 02-Dec-20 16:00:55

@toomanydogsandchildren
Please tell me someone is planning to breathe COVID germs though this letterbox! Some people deserve it!
But aren't you self-isolating that week?

bonjonbovi Wed 02-Dec-20 16:01:21

TooManyDogsandChildren

Worse still, my boss has decreed we must go to their house and stand in the garden for ours. Apparently it is OK because it is a "work meeting".

They live in an area I would normally never drive to because of ridiculous residents parking restrictions, but I am certainly not going to take the bus then worry if I have CV all over Christmas. I hate work parties at the best of times but everyone else is gushing how lovely it will be to see each other IRL fhmm

And HR have approved this?

petrocellihouse Wed 02-Dec-20 16:01:34

Ah the dreaded (now virtual) office party! I'm old and jaded, and hate them with a passion I normally only reserve for flat packed furniture. When I was asked last year why I wasn't attending our shindig my reply was simple. I don't want to go. Followed by a Paddington Long Hard Stare.... Quite like the idea of an online escape room though....grin

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