Holiday decorations are more than fun. They boost team morale by making the workspace cheerful and reminding employees that their bosses care about making their work life comfortable. Plus, it reinforces your image with anyone who comes in contact with your business. So when you hire someone to decorate your business, you’ll want to discuss with them how you will get all these benefits. The team will likely want you to consider the following:
The top of everyone’s list should be safety. No one wants the holidays to turn into a threat to people. The decorating team will want to know where exits are so they can avoid blocking them with decorations. They will also have to know where your fire sprinklers are so that they can avoid blocking or damaging them. On a more legal note, your design will have to comply with OSHA regulations, which includes keeping exits clear and avoiding overloading electrical outlets. One OSHA requirement to keep in mind is about any temporary wiring that you use for decorating: it has to comply with the same rules as permanent wiring, except it must be taken down before 90 days are up.
On your end, you might want to check that your fire extinguishers and other safety equipment are in working order before the team arrives to put up the decorations. You will also need to remember to turn off any illuminated items every night before you go home. Electrical items can catch fire if they are allowed to burn when people aren’t in the building.
Team morale may get a lift from seeing snowflakes in the lobby, but it will plummet if employees have to step over the snowflakes all day in order to do their job. Ultimately, your office is a place where people have to get their work done, and you don’t want to interfere with that. Before your corporate design team shows up, you can do a quick tour of the building to find places that should be avoided. For instance, people often take shortcuts to get from one place to another because it is faster, and putting a Christmas tree in the middle of the shortcut will catch people off-guard. You also want to avoid cluttering necessary work surfaces.
You know your employees, so you know that you have hired many types of people. Some of those people might not celebrate a particular holiday. It’s always a good idea to poll your employees to find out which holidays should be decorated for. That way, your employees know that you respect their history and care about them individually (as opposed to assuming they all celebrate the same way you do.) You can also go the route of avoiding referencing specific holidays: stick with snowflakes and fake snow in the winter, pine cones, and cornucopias in the fall, and daffodils in the spring. It creates the same festive spirit without leaving anyone out.
It is important for another reason to be mindful in your holiday decorations: a lot of the decorations will be in public spaces where your customers will see them. You don’t want to make them uncomfortable.
Consistency With Your Business Image
Your corporate image doesn’t change just because a holiday is approaching, which is great because corporate holiday design is a way to reinforce that image. A tasteful, luxurious holiday design will reassure your customers that you are a respectable, prestigious business. A colorful holiday design will make customers feel like you are a fun, modern business. Want your customers to know that you are in touch with their traditions? Decorate for the same holidays that most of your customers celebrate. Want your customers to associate you with good times? Add a few quirky touches to your holiday design. You will have to work with your decorating team to create the image you want.
With these tips in mind, your corporate holiday design is sure to boost morale and your image.
Your corporate holiday party can be a smashing success or a total bust. Whether this is your first time hosting a holiday party or your tenth annual event, you want to make sure that you close out the business year in style. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to help make sure that you throw an unforgettable holiday party. Below are ten steps to help you design a corporate holiday party all of your employees will want to attend.
1) Start with a safe, convenient location.
Make sure you choose a secure location that is large enough to accommodate all of your employees. Try to stick to locations that are easily accessible and not too far from your office or the general area where most of your employees live. If you choose to hold your party at your office, then be sure to decorate your facility to create a festive mood.
2) Appoint a holiday party planning team.
Involving some of your employees in the party planning is a great way to delegate some key party planning tasks while building excitement about your holiday party. A small team of 3-4 people from different departments is ideal.
3) Invite spouses.
Decide in advance whether you would like to include spouses or guests in the festivities. Office holiday parties provide the perfect opportunity for your spouse or partner to feel included in your work life. If you decide to include spouses or partners, be sure to get an accurate headcount and choose a larger space.
4) Launch an ugly holiday sweater contest.
An ugly holiday sweater contest is a great way to create a fun, lively atmosphere at your party. Anyone can participate and ugly sweaters are great conversation pieces. Make sure you begin promoting the contest a couple of days in advance to allow employees to prepare!
5) End the workday an hour early.
Some of your employees will need time to take care of responsibilities at home before heading to the party. By ending the workday a little early, you give everyone a chance to change clothes, coordinate with dates or spouses, and make it to the party in time to enjoy the festivities.
6) Serve a variety of food.
Your employees likely have a diverse range of tastes and food preferences. Some of your employees may even have food allergies. As you plan your menu, remember that you may have employees who do not eat meat or who cannot consume nuts.
7) Have a door prize drawing.
The prospect of winning a gift card, cash, free health insurance, or a dinner for two is exciting. If your party budget is limited, you can still make prizes alluring by offering preferred parking, extra vacation days, or a corner office for the next year. Some companies work with their vendors to secure door prize donations such as tablets, TVs, and fitness gear.
8) Prepare a slide show.
Featuring a slide show of company events that took place throughout the year is a great way to celebrate some of the year’s most memorable moments. Also, make sure you capture some of the fun moments from this year’s event to feature in future slideshows!
9) Consider a drink ticket system.
If you are planning to serve alcohol, it is a good idea to distribute drink tickets to employees in advance. By distributing 1-2 drink tickets to each employee, you help ensure that your workers do not overindulge.
10) Take the time to thank your employees for their hard work.
Prizes, ugly sweaters, and tasty food usually combine to make for a fun evening. However, a holiday party is also the perfect time to tell your employees how much you appreciate their service. Some employers even offer recognition for 5, 10, and 20 years of service.
By following the ten tips above, you can design an irresistible corporate holiday party that none of your employees will want to miss!
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