Bringing holiday cheer to the workplace can be great for morale. To maximize the fun, think about activities before implementing them. Here’s a look at how to make some seasonal favorites run smoothly:
A drab office becomes a winter wonderland when staff members get colorful and creative with their surroundings. Consider awarding prizes to individuals with the best displays or departments with the highest participation rate.
Before asking people to channel their inner Martha Stewart, though, remind everyone to keep things secular and to consider his neighbor. Blinking lights and a motion-activated Santa yelling “Merry Christmas” 50 times a day can turn the nicest co-worker into Scrooge.
Whipping up a batch of their baking best to share promotes camaraderie among employees. Designate an area such as a conference room for the activity. Staff can mingle without disturbing others who are trying to work, and those attempting to watch their weight won’t have to pass a plate of shortbread every time they venture from their desk.
When The Creative Group asked 400 executives to share how they think employees at their company would most like to celebrate the holidays with colleagues, the top two responses were an off-site party (48%) and an on-site party (21%).
“Hosting an end-of-year party, no matter how simple or extravagant, is a good way for employers to thank staff for their hard work and provide them an opportunity to bond outside of the office,” says executive director Diane Domeyer. Her tips for making your fete a success include:
Asking for input. Invite employees to suggest a theme or location for the event; they’ll have the best handle on the types of activities and venues staff will enjoy most.
Timing it right. Weekends in December book up fast for most folks, and location sites might not have availability. Consider scheduling the party in late November or on a weekday during or immediately after work hours to maximize attendance. You can also consider a January event to kick off the new year.
Keeping it casual. A group activity, like bowling or volunteering, is not only fun but affordable. And many employees may prefer the more relaxed atmosphere.
Expressing your appreciation. Reserve a few minutes during the event to verbally thank employees for their hard work throughout the year. While you don’t want to engage in too much ‘shop talk,’ you should let your team know how valuable they are to you.