Yes, it’s nearly December and that means two things – not only is Christmas is just around the corner but so is the inevitable last-minute fighting and crowd-surfing to secure the one remaining Turboman doll. Not everything has to be stressful during the festive period, though. In fact, celebrating Christmas in the workplace couldn’t be easier.
Here are a couple of ideas to stir those old grey cells:
- The Christmas party: Probably the most well-known of all Christmas work antics, the office party is obligatory for most employers. While many businesses – and start-ups, in particular – may be strapped for cash in recent times, such celebrations remain at the epicenter of team bonding and help set the morale for the following year. A more informal approach – rather than, say, the stress of large black tie events – might allow your team to relax and get to really know their colleagues without the need to swiftly down five pints first!
- Office nibbles: Who doesn’t love buffets? As money is often tight for start-ups, don’t pay for a hired venue; rather, get the caterers in for nibbles in the office and host your very own intimate Christmas do. If you can, consider giving your staff a few hours off work to catch up with their colleagues over the delicious delicacies.
- Secret Santa: Initially a craze in America, this tradition has travelled across the Atlantic and has firmly settled in the UK. Be warned – a sensible approach is often the best, so make sure that price limits and themes are arranged in order to avoid embarrassment and dismay. At Minicabster, we suggest a £5 limit and the gift should be amusing in some way for the recipient. Allow your creativity to flourish. If your MD is extra cool, suit him up as Santa himself for guaranteed laughs.
- Get decorating: You might hear that Christmas decorations can’t be put up for ‘health and safety’ reasons, but most of the time they can go up without a fuss! Treat your workers to some new tinsel, get some twinkle lights up, and get a (real!) Christmas tree brought in. The presents to go under the tree, however, are optional.
- Just do something Christmassy! Find out what special Christmas events are running in your local area that work colleagues could all go to as a group. There are usually lots of atmospheric carol concerts, excursions to Christmas markets or ice skating rinks to see before an optional meal and night out for those who want to. In London, the choices are unlimited. So be creative!
Bah humbug? Don’t be a Scrooge. Thank your staff for their hard work and spread the Christmas cheer!