Chances are, virtually all of your employees want to enjoy the holiday season. Many of them spend a good amount of time decorating their homes inside and out, sending out Christmas cards, and purchasing gifts. But in a lot of offices, short of a few ugly sweaters here and there, it just seems like the same old office and workday.
While of course, year-end bonuses are always nice to receive, you should really embrace the season and help keep the holiday spirit flowing.
Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to spend tens of thousands of dollars on decorations and gifts or that you have to host a holiday party on an expensive superyacht. However, we know that it can be a little hard to come up with ideas that are festive and fun, and that’s exactly why we wanted to share a few ideas to help you and your employees celebrate the holidays.
1. Include the Whole Team
Decorating the office should be a given, but to help get everyone in the spirit, get the staff to help. Purchase three or four Christmas trees and plenty of discount ornaments, garland, and lights, and have a tree decorating party.
Let everyone decorate their cubicle or office and have a contest and let everyone vote on the best of the best.
You can also give everyone Christmas stockings for their office/cubicle and have them use glitter and glue or other crafty items to decorate them. When it gets closer to the holiday, surprise them with a treat in their stocking every day or so.
For a fun twist, get an Elf on the Shelf and have him leave small gifts for different employees each morning.
2. Speaking of Gifts
A lot of the time, it’s the little things that count the most. While you don’t have to go “all-out” on presents, little things like Christmas socks, fast food gift cards, and company pens/stationery can make really nice surprises.
Giving little gifts throughout the season is a great way to celebrate the holidays at your company.
3. A Holiday Party
Whether you host it at the office or rent a conference room at a local hotel, you should definitely consider throwing a party. Make it fun by having a theme such as a PJ party, karaoke, or disco night, and fix the venue up accordingly.
While you don’t have to have super-cool gifts like an Xbox Series X Mini Fridge or a Model Y Tesla, you should consider providing door prizes, white elephant gag gifts, or hosting a Christmas game with a few really nice gifts and watch the fun ensue as employees “steal” gifts from each other.
4. Baked Goodies Day
Get everyone to bake their favorite holiday cookies, pies, and other goodies, and have a potluck day of sweets. Alternatively, you can have a blind taste test and have everyone vote on their favorites.
Take this idea a step further and have a potluck lunch the following week where everyone brings in their favorite side dishes and desserts. While you may want to have the main entree catered or provided by a local restaurant, letting everyone show off their cooking skills is almost always fun.
If the team is too busy or just not interested in a potluck, consider going with a caterer that can provide an entire Christmas dinner. Turkey, ham, stuffing, deviled eggs, and all the other goodies will let everyone enjoy a taste of the holidays together.
Celebrating the holidays around the office can help keep everyone in the spirit of the season. If possible, have holiday music playing to set the mood even more and use this time of the year to let everyone know exactly how much you appreciate them.