Boosting employee morale during the holiday season can keep your workforce productive and engaged. However, bringing the holiday cheer to the workplace can come with its own set of issues, which can sometimes be overlooked. Before you make company-wide plans, make sure you're checking for these three things.
Keep in mind that not everyone celebrates the same holidays or may have their own set of circumstances and beliefs. While it may be impossible to please everyone, recognizing and respecting that your employees are a diverse group of people can show that you care. This is especially important when it comes to putting up decorations for shared work-spaces, like break rooms, and giving gifts. Learn what's appropriate to display and give to keep you from making a mistake and negating your intentions or message. Read more about appropriate gifts for coworkers here.
Always give employees the choice to opt in or out. That means inviting everyone if it is a company-wide event and not isolating certain groups or individuals. However, don't make participation mandatory. Respect employees' time and their circumstances, including their need for time off or to pass up the opportunity to fulfill family commitments. Additionally, if the event or activity is during work hours, make sure that employees are free to participate or their duties are covered so they are not expected to work at the event.
Motivating employees through activities, breaks, and other outlets are resources to help boost work productivity. It's important to keep the main objective in mind when making preparations or scheduling activities. Avoid being obtrusive and allow employees to get their work done. This includes hosting company events at reasonable hours, arranging decorations out of people's way, and giving employees the space and comfort away from the festivities to be productive if necessary.
Don't forget that any arrangements you make can impact the company culture and internal branding. Make the things you do for your employees memorable for all the right reasons.