Celebrating Holidays At The Office For Team Building And Motivational Purposes

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Company traditions are as important as family traditions. There is nothing more important than the annual traditions that workplaces establish around the holiday season. Celebrating holidays together at work helps build positive morale, which in turn results in increased levels of employee motivation.

Having high employee morale and motivation will contribute toward strong team building and productivity. Moreover, productive teams are responsible for the success of the organisation. So you can have a costume parade for Halloween as a long-held tradition or try out the pit stop challenge sweeping the nation which encourages team building.

There can be lunch celebrations, evening holiday dinner and wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day – anything can be termed as an annual tradition as long as people are readily coming together and looking forward to celebrating it at work.

You might want to avoid celebrating specific religious holidays to honour the diversity in your company. However, for positive motivation, productivity improvement, employee happiness and team building purposes, make it a practice of celebrating seasonal holidays.

Here are some holiday celebration ideas for your workplace.

Form A Guiding Group For Holiday Planning

Form a group of people who will lead the event planning. Designate this group as the Activity Committee, and allow members from across the company to plan and orchestrate a diverse series of events for celebrating throughout the year. Since member continuity is strong in team events, traditions are bound to be honoured and continued with each passing year.

In fact, form a group that has representatives from across your organisation, who will help you plan and manage all the events. By including the people working for you to organise events for fellow employees you can ensure that the needs and interests of all your employees are well represented and respected.

Also, make sure new members are added to this committee with each passing year. This will allow you to pay attention to the team’s institutional memory, and also helps in bringing fresh new ideas and perspectives.

Lessons Learned In Holiday Event Planning

Since traditions are followed over years, a lot can be learned by avoiding some common mistakes made by those who have experimented before you. The lessons you learn through holiday event planning are:

1: Longevity Matters

Often office committees are dominated by long term company members who think they are devoted to honouring the company traditions. Because of this thinking, they do not accept and honour new ideas and diversity. They believe and claim that the new members want to attend the meetings, but do not want to do their share of responsibilities and duties.

Whereas, the newer employees claim that the committee members are set in their ways and not very open to new ideas and perspectives. Even though they readily volunteer, the long term members turn them and their ideas down.

Thus, as their leader, you need to ensure that your committee is reaching out to new and diverse members of the organisation and that the people are sharing the workload. Otherwise, the people who have put their heart and soul in forming this committee in your organisation, retire without developing a team of new employees. This can cause havoc with your celebration community.

2: Honouring Diversity Can Cause Problems – If Ignored

Consider this situation, an annual hot dog lunch was transformed due to last year’s complaints stating that in certain religious practices, employees can only eat vegetarian hot dogs which were previously not provided. Here you can see that the tradition was altered so as to honour and incorporate diversity. Paying attention to all these kind of special details and needs is of utmost importance, especially while celebrating holidays at work.

3: Record Keeping Is Essential

The organising committee should be able to answer the questions about how many employees they have fed last year, how much food was purchased, how many servings were served and how much money was collected for each event.

In case, one of your company’s annual events involve hosting a food drive for charity, your employees will want to know the figures and how much more or less they made compared to the past year. Exceeding the company’s previously made record is a good motivation and promotes team bonding.