With the last week to go before the holidays, a lot of workplaces are gearing up to get people into the festive spirit. You don’t have to pull out all the stops to help your employees in that special mood – it only takes a few simple things! Here are 5 easy ways to create a Christmas atmosphere in your office.
Decorate and play some music
If you haven’t already, now’s the time to throw together a Christmas atmosphere in your office to get people ready for the holidays. This can mean stringing some fairy lights between desks, lining doorways and table tops with cotton that looks like snow, or creating displays for each of your departments. If you have a stereo, put on some festive tunes to get people jiving with that good cheer.
Collect donations for a charity
While the holidays can be about indulgence, it’s also a time to think of others who are less fortunate. What better time can there be to inspire a spirit of charity? If your company has a favorite charity, send out a company wide email asking for contributions, or send someone around to all departments to gather donations in person. After all, it’s been proven that giving gifts or contributing to charity increases your overall levels of happiness.
Organize a virtual office party
Organizing a virtual office party can be a great way to keep everyone safe while remaining in the festive spirit. This can be particularly fun because people will have the opportunity to dress up and decorate their own spaces while remaining in the comfort of their own home. Get your virtual secret Santa going, whip up your favorite festive foods, and mix those cocktails!
Break out the treats
Nothing says the holidays like an abundance of noms. Whether it’s a bag of chocolates, a plate of cookies, or a stack of rum balls, get some treats dotted around the office to put everyone in that special holiday mood. Go the extra mile by getting creative, like using a big coffee dispenser to dole out some mulled wine.
It’s long been known that showing your employees gratitude with gifts is likely to increase their overall job satisfaction, and make them better workers. So, what better time of the year to show how much you love your work family than by splurging on a few gifts? These don’t have to break the bank. Even a small gesture like a bottle of wine or a gift certificate can let your employees know that they’re valued.
Let them go early
Let’s be honest. Commercial activity drops quite a bit during the run-up to the holidays for most businesses. This is because lots of people like to take this time and start their holidays early. There is also the general atmosphere that encourages rest and relaxation, letting non-urgent tasks slide into the New Year. If you don’t need them around, let your workers go early on the days running up to the holidays. It will absolutely make their week!
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