Looking to inspire some holiday spirit in your office? The holidays are the perfect time for co-workers to come together and get to know each other in a way they may not be able to the rest of the year. These types of events can work wonders for employee morale and the work life balance in your business. There are tons of things you can do in your office to get employees into the holiday spirit, and these are a few of our favorites.
A Traditional Potluck Party
One of the easiest types of parties to throw in the office is a potluck in which every employee brings a dish and then at lunchtime everyone has plenty of food to share. You may want to come up with a signup sheet to pass around beforehand so that no two employees bring the same thing.
A Cookie Exchange
A cookie exchange involves every participating employee bringing in one type of cookie to share with the office (usually one or two dozen depending on the number of employees). One employee will bake chocolate chip cookies, another will bake sugar cookies and so on and so forth. Then on the day of the exchange everyone will take a few cookies from each participant so that they can go home with an exciting assortment of cookies for themselves and their families.
An Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest
Who doesn’t love a good ugly holiday sweater? Take it up a notch by holding a contest for the ugliest sweater in your office. This can be a contest you hold in the office during work hours or during your annual holiday party. Employees will enjoy the challenge and the laughs!
A Cubicle Decorating Contest
Similarly, starting a cubicle decorating contest is a great way to spread holiday cheer at work. Challenge each employee to decorate his or her workspace and then hold a contest allowing employees to vote for their favorites.
A Secret Santa Party
Another classic tradition, secret Santa parties are always a good time. Go for a theme such as ornaments or gifts of a certain color to make things more interesting. Just remember to make the price limit clear so that employees don’t overspend or underspend.
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