The end of the year holiday season can actually be a stressful time for some people. It can be difficult trying to get together with family, organizing parties, and do all the shopping you need to. It can be a hectic time, and while at work people might not always be thinking about work. Making the office a little more festive can help cheer people up, and keep the focused. Below are some ideas to help make your office more festive!
Decorating the office is probably the first thing people think about to make the office more festive. It is also probably one of the easiest. While decorating you want to remember that it is the holiday season, not just the Christmas season. Think about making it more of a winter wonderland with colored lights, silver garland, and snowflakes or snowmen. Ask your employees for help and let them decorate their own space how they want. These decorations will add a little more holiday spirit, and can stay up through the new year.
2. Ugly Sweater or Pajama Day
People love to be comfy at work and what better way than to wear a big sweater or your pajamas. By now most holidays have their own versions of ugly sweaters, and you could even make it a contest. If most people don’t have ugly sweaters, pajamas could be a good alternative.
3. Have a Potluck at Work
Pick a day and ask everyone to bring something that they eat during the holiday season. It can be at lunch or during a big team meeting, or whenever works best for the whole office. Make a signup sheet that everyone can see, so you don't end up with a lot of the same food.
4. Have a Hot Chocolate or Coffee Bar
You can use the office coffee pots or rent some. To complete the set up get some seasonal flavored syrups or coffee creamers, such as peppermint or gingerbread, get cinnamon powder and cinnamon sticks, marshmallows, and sprinkles so people can deck out their coffee or coco as much as they want. You can set this up in the break room or put it on a cart and push it around to employees desks.
5. Donate to Charity
Instead of doing an office secret Santa or some other gift exchange, ask your employees to donate instead. Have a vote to see what charity your employees would like to help the most. Depending on the charity the office chooses the donations could be money, toys, clothes, or food. Just make sure you set up a collection area and know who is going to me in charge of dropping it off to the charity.
6. Half Day Fridays
People usually have a lot of running around to do during the holiday season. Giving them half days on Fridays starting after Thanksgiving through the end of the year is a great way to give something back to your employees. This gives them more time to do holiday shopping, get ready for their own holiday parties, and spend more time with their family.
The holiday season should be a time to celebrate your employees and all the hard work they have done throughout the year. You can tailor these suggestions to best suit your office and your employees. Ask them if they have any suggestions as well, and make it a great end of the year! If you still need a place to host holiday parties, call The Garden Villa for availability.
Nathalia Lopez is a student at The University of Central Florida pursuing a degree in event management. During her free time, you can find her trying out new food recipes, exercising and spending a copious amount of time at the beach. Stay tuned for all her favorite decor ideas, and everything or anything wedding related!