How To Celebrate Holidays With Employees

The holidays add a festive air to any company or business. Most offices observe major holidays, especially the main holiday season, stretching from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day, in various ways. If you are wondering how to commemorate this special time at your company, here's how to celebrate holidays with employees.


Depending on the nature of your business, you can probably find a few subtle or lavish decorations to put up during the holiday season. Options include window decals, door posters, garlands, and decorative lights. Holiday trees and shrubs, floral arrangements, and outdoor ribbons or bows create a fun environment for employees and customers alike. Prizes for best holiday decorations may be awarded if you want to give another incentive for people to be in the spirit.


The annual Christmas party or holiday luncheon is still going strong at many companies. Whether catered in-house or conducted at a local restaurant, a celebratory meal brings employees, and sometimes clients, together to enjoy the season over a delicious meal. Some companies host a sponsor recognition dinner or client appreciation event at this time. Office parties or gatherings hosted at the boss's home are other ways of getting everyone together, along with caroling parties and sledding or skiing get-togethers. Cookie bake-offs and potluck dinners are more ways to create a fun holiday event.


Increasingly, more companies are sending corporate holiday ecards for business associates and clients. These provide a fast, convenient, and cost-effective way to send holiday greetings to company friends and clients. Seasonal greetings build rapport and consolidate professional relationships. They can be selected thematically or by preferred styles or themes. Ecards are often arranged ahead of time so that they are sent out automatically on a specific, pre-selected date.


Holiday gifts come in many forms. Some companies give a traditional turkey or ham to each employee. Others provide the aforementioned luncheon or dinner. Many business owners hand out monetary bonuses, gift cards, or special-order treats, like candy or fruitcake. Monogrammed pen sets, an extra paid day for shopping, or even a getaway weekend package are some of the more costly items presented to employees of profitable companies. Some organizations hold a raffle or door decoration competition for employees, with proceeds donated to a local charity. Meaningful holiday celebrations shared with employees enhance the company atmosphere and improve everyone's mood and well-being. They don't have to be expensive or time-consuming. A planning committee can handle most of the details. The goal is to join in a spirit of holiday unity. How will you celebrate with your employees this holiday season? Enjoy this article? You've got time for another! Check out these related articles: Photo Credit: Shutterstock

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