The holiday season can be stressful. Business may be booming but with never-ending shopping lists and special holiday food to make, your to-do lists are longer than ever! In the flurry of holiday festivities it’s important to show the people you work with how much you appreciate them. After all, you spend more than 40 hours a week with them! Here’s a little list of easy ways to help bring the spirit of the holidays into any workplace.
1) Get in the Spirit at Lunch!
Bring the best flavours of the season into the office. Kick off the holidays by hosting an ugly sweater potluck at lunch. Whether it’s making stuffing from scratch or just picking up a pie at the store, make sure it’s easy for employees to contribute. Setting aside an hour at lunch won’t take away from normal work hours and offers up a great way to get to know your employees better. Plus, the leftovers will last all afternoon.
2) Be Flexible about Time off
Getting home for the holidays is a little hectic. When it comes to employees heading out, just giving them the flexibility to leave hour or two early can make a huge difference. Whether it’s trying to beat traffic or just navigate the airport rush, being crunched for time around Christmas time is no fun.
It’s hard to work at 100% when you feel like you should be with your families. So, let people take PTO around the holidays. Keeping people busy at the office can just make them bitter, and often employees will make sure to finish their workload when they know they have a day off. We know no office can operate with zero staff, so outline a clear system for requesting time off around the holidays; it can be a random lottery, first come first serve or based on seniority. Just clarifying these Christmas time woes can make the whole office less tense.
3) Create a Side Hustle Shop
In the world of Etsy and eBay, many passionate employees have a blossoming business they run on the side. Know a coworker that loves to paint? Or another that brews their own beer? Invite your employees to bring their side-business into the office one afternoon. Book a conference room for an hour or two to create a mini mall of your own. Invite the office to stop by and get some holiday shopping done and check out all the cool things their coworkers are up to. Not only is a great way take something of your employees’ holiday to-do lists, but it creates a culture that shows your company cares about their peoples’ passions.
4) Let Them Unwind
Give your coworkers a respite from the holiday craziness with a nice bottle of wine. But don’t just go for any business wine gift—make it extra special with a custom label from Etching Expressions. They can etch a bottle with anything from holiday wishes to inside jokes and custom company artwork. Which means your employees won’t just get a way to wind down, but also a special keepsake. For an extra fun way to unveil it, share that personalized pinot noir at your lunchtime potluck!
5) Get Festive
Even little things can help make people happier around the holidays. Putting up decorations and switching the normal coffee to a holiday blend can boost everyone’s mood. Many things you already have around the office can be swapped out for something festive and fun. Instead of putting out the normal grey disposable coffee cups, order ones with wintery designs, get fun toppings for the hot chocolate or switching the reception music to some holiday hits will get everyone in the holiday spirit.
6) Don’t Skip the Holiday Party
It’s party time! Many employees look forward to the company holiday party all year long. The chance to dress up, eat good food and drink on the company dime is a huge morale boost. Not to mention it’s a great chance to bond with their coworkers, introduce their spouses and significant others to each other and feel no pressure to talk about work! Some small and micro businesses miss out on this fun. Consider teaming up with other businesses in your area to organise a joint party- it’s lots of fun!