Celebrating the Holidays at Work? 7 Things You Need to Do
What better time for workplace bonding than during the winter holidays? Celebrating in the office can be a great way to boost morale and provides the perfect environment to build professional relationships. True workplace satisfaction comes from the organization’s culture and values, and a culture of fun is a great cure for the stress the holidays bring.
If you’re planning to celebrate the holidays at work this year, here are some things to keep in mind:
1. Be respectful of all traditions
Before you start setting up the decorations and buying gifts, remember that not everyone will feel comfortable with how you celebrate the holidays. Keep this in mind and plan a party that’s accepting of everyone’s preferences. Deck your office with winter-themed decorations and stay open-minded.
2. Be intentional in your planning
Create a “fun committee” so everyone can participate in the party planning. Everyone will feel included and more comfortable sharing their own customs and traditions. It also makes it more fun and successful if the celebrations are not dependent on only one person. This will help the party stay organized and intentional. Half-hearted, thrown-together parties feel obligatory instead of fun.
3. Add food
This may be the number one ingredient to a successful office party. Make a sign-up list, so everyone can bring something and there’s a dish for all diets. Check if there are any allergies or restrictions so everyone can enjoy!
4. Drop some tunes
Winter-themed music can really set the mood for a relaxed, spirited party. Start a playlist and share it with others, so they can add their favorite songs.
5. Plan some activities
If the food and conversation start to dwindle, make sure you have some backup games planned. Put people into teams and play some trivia or charades.
6. Do something nice for someone else
Start the celebration early. Whether you’re planning on swapping gifts or not, take a lesson from the Grinch and make sure you’re using the holidays to spread cheer. It doesn’t have to be a gift — personalized notes are also special. Reach out to someone on your team or organize a group trip to volunteer somewhere. You’ll be able to help someone else and grow together as a team, too.
7. Make it a true celebration
There aren’t many times we all come together to enjoy life. Make it count and take a break from discussing work projects during your celebrations. Get to know someone better by paying attention and asking good questions. This party may be momentary, but the relationships built and good memories will impact your company’s culture forever.