Festive Around The Office
Holiday decorations and parties are a tradition in most companies. However, many business owners, especially of small companies, wonder if these annual holiday activities are really “worth it”.
Some new data highlights how these holiday traditions may benefit your business: A recent study suggests there is incredible value in letting employees know they are appreciated.
 Canada ranks among the top countries in terms of employee turnover, with 36% of employees citing work environment or culture.  In a recent survey , nearly 25% of workers said they wanted to quit their current jobs, citing “not feeling valued” as the reason. That is why, now more than ever, holiday celebrations used to show appreciation for employees can improve morale, resulting in increased motivation and a more productive new year. Making an effort during the holidays for your employees can have lasting benefits, which may include employee retention and even an increase in how much co-workers like each other, which results in stronger teamwork and a more synergistic approach to work projects.
So how can you create a festive atmosphere around the holidays, making your employees feel valued? Here are a few ways:
Decking the office halls with lights and garlands, snowflakes and other cheery accents helps brighten our dark winter days. You can have it done professionally or organize committees to decorate by department and hold a contest for the best holiday decor. Skip any religious decorations and instead, make your office an inclusive winter wonderland. Finally, make sure decorations are safe, respect fire standards and don’t block smoke or motion detectors to avoid false alarms.
Give back to the community
Instill a sense of teamwork and unity by spending time as a company giving back to the community with a holiday fundraiser. Food kitchens, animal shelters, toy drives and other local projects allow employees to come together with a common goal and have fun while doing something worthwhile for others. A volunteer project can be a team building project. Get input from employees to learn what is important to them and watch them extend beyond their comfort zones. Be sure to designate photographers, so you can share your volunteering efforts to your social media page and laud your employees.
In keeping with the spirit of giving during the holidays, offices can organize a gift exchange like a Secret Santa. Keep the price of the gifts low to get everyone involved in the fun and mystery.
Make your holiday party meaningful
Choosing a venue, catering food and drink and ensuring there is music and entertainment are all key to a successful holiday party. But, in addition to a social and fun event, the office holiday party is also the perfect opportunity to spotlight company priorities, while recognizing individual employee efforts. Some ways to do this are:
Award employees who have contributed through outstanding performances, which are aligned with your company’s goals. These can be for improved customer service, increased customer retention, higher sales or team building.
“Team player” is a term that has been tossed around so much it has lost its luster. Your company can bring it back with authentic peer-to-peer recognition. Before the party, distribute blank thank-you cards and ask your employees to address it to a co-worker they feel has made an impact on the company’s success or in their day-to-day office life. Take the cards and create a wall of thanks for the party. This helps employees appreciate their peers and get a sense of satisfaction from the impact they can have.
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