When the holidays are here, most people are in a good mood. But, sometimes that mood isn’t present in the workplace. Winter is almost here and the days are getting longer. It’s likely that it’s dark, cloudy, and cold most of the time.
It can be hard to keep your employees happy and motivated during this time of year. According to a study, 35% of employees revealed that their employers didn’t do anything special for the Christmas season. You may not be able to give everyone a Christmas bonus, but there are other things you can do to make the workplace more festive.
Decorate the Workplace
The first order of business is to decorate the workplace. This will get your employees in the holiday spirit. It should seem obvious but most workplaces don’t even decorate their offices for the Christmas season. They want to save money and have their employees focus on work around the clock.
Be open to decking the halls since it’s a place where you and your employees spend most of their time at. Put up a Christmas tree or Giving Tree in the lobby or another heavy-traffic location. Decorate the workplace with tinsel, lights, garland, holiday plants, stockings, and other festive decorations.
Frost the windows with artificial snow or Snow Spray. Decorating the workplace can be done affordably, as long as you stick to your budget.
Play Christmas Music
The next thing you should do is play Christmas songs at work. You may be tired of the same Christmas songs, but don’t pretend that you hate them. Playing Christmas throughout the day or during lunch is a great way to get your employees in the spirit.
You don’t even have to invest in Christmas albums. Most streaming services and radio stations play Christmas music 24/7 as the big day approaches. If you choose a streaming service, subscribe to their premium option so your employees can listen to music without hearing aids.
Have a Festive Lunch
You don’t have to close down your business so you can cook a Christmas goose. Festive snacks like cheese and crackers or ham and crescent rolls are sure to get your employees in the holiday spirit. Other ideas include pigs in a blanket, mince pies, fruit cake, box of chocolates, or Christmas popcorn tubs, which are all great for snacking.
Still stuck on what to do? Hire a catering company. They’ll help you create a festive lunch in a snap. Some catering food ideas include Italian food, Asian cuisine, sliders, cupcakes, or street food/food truck.
Plan a Secret Santa Gift Exchange
A Christmas gift exchange is a great way to get your employees in the holiday spirit. A Secret Santa is when everyone writes their name on a piece of paper and puts the names in a bowl, hat, box, etc. and get shaken up. Each one takes turns to choose a name. That person is responsible for getting a gift for the name that was picked.
Everyone has to keep a secret until they exchange gifts at a designated date. It’s wise to stick to a budget to avoid disappointment among those who can’t afford to spend a lot of money. This can be avoided by giving out custom gear business gifts to each of your employees that they can use as gifts or ask them to tell their desires and the organization itself designs them for each employee. You can also have the benefit of branding your own company when you customise the gifts yourself.
Wear Ugly Christmas Sweaters
If you’re looking to be more festive without ruining your budget, then organize an Ugly Christmas Sweater day? The retail stores are filled with racks of ugly Christmas sweaters. It’s hard not to find one these days. You can even throw a contest and choose the ugliest one.
National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is held the third Friday of December. It’s held on the 21st in 2018, which is a perfect excuse to have one. This will give your employees something to look forward to. Plus, it’s a great break from the boring casual Fridays.
Treat Your Staff to a Night Out
Plan to have a holiday party outside the office this year. This is a great way to get to know your employees outside of work. They’ll feel extra festive and will be willing to let their hair down. Nobody expects to drink in the office, but a trip to the bar on a Friday evening is a great way to treat your employees during the holiday season.
Choose a bar or lounge that has non-alcoholic options for those who are driving themselves home. You can also arrange to have a limousine or ride share service take them back home.
Give Back to a Charity
Your employees will have plans for holiday parties and getaways throughout the holiday season. As an alternative to these festive occasions, you should all work on giving back to those less fortunate. This might involve collecting donations, giving unwrapped toys, feeding the homeless, or spending a day at a local shelter.