West Lothian College Christmas Collage

The Christmas spirit is alive and well at West Lothian College this year despite all staff not being able to be on campus.

A virtual advent calendar was set up to get staff involved in Christmas activities even though many are still working from home.

The festive activities include decorating desks and workstations, voting for the best Christmas song, nominating a member of staff to the naughty or nice list, a Christmas jumper day and to top things off talent show will be held over Microsoft Teams on December 18 when the college breaks for the holidays.

Many people can feel isolated when working from home without the interactions of normal office life, this isolation can be compounded around the holidays, especially this year. Leaders at the college are looking after the wellbeing of staff in any way they can to make sure no one is feeling lonely this Christmas.

West Lothian College Principal, Jackie Galbraith, said: “We always have such a great atmosphere on campus around this time of year and it’s a shame we can’t all be together to celebrate as we normally would. That’s why we set up our virtual Christmas Calendar to help get staff in the mood and make sure everyone is having a good time in the run up to the holidays.

“We’ve all enjoyed the activities so far and had a really good laugh with each other on Teams. It’s great to see so many members of staff getting involved, we want to make sure all our staff are keeping safe over the holidays.”