“Is it really that time already?”
Yes… yes, it is. It feels like the months have been slow but the year is going back quickly – and that means it is time to start thinking about the holidays. If your company does anything for the end of year celebrations, now is the time to begin planning what you will be doing and how to make it happen.
One thing to keep in mind is which holidays – if any specific ones – do you want to recognize? Would you like to relish in your own beliefs? Does your target audience fall in a category that may typically celebrate a certain holiday? Or maybe you would like to keep your celebrations generalized, so as not to exclude anyone. Some owners and managers tend to focus more on the “family” aspect of the holidays, just to make it less about religion and more about the actual celebrations that happen.
Once you have narrowed that down, decide how prominent you want this to be in your workplace. You can use the entire month of December to spread cheer around the office – do an ugly sweater contest, have a carnival (after hours, of course), set up a “guess how many candy canes” jar. There are so many things that you can do to bring a bit of joy to your employees. However, you may prefer to simply pass out gift baskets and leave it alone from there.
Many businesses will have office parties. This is the part where plenty of planning should come in. Consider creating a party planning committee to help with this. (Doing this part alone can be extremely stressful!) Decide how you want to decorate, if you’re going to play games, and any prizes you may want to award people. And if you’re not sure which direction to choose – or where to start – contact us and we can help you sort it all out.