The holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends, reflecting on what has been accomplished over the past year. While we all tend to celebrate with those closest to us, the question is, should you celebrate in the workplace? There are differing opinions for and against celebrating at work.
Those in support of having a workplace celebration believe;
- It increases morale by showing gratitude for all the hard work employees have done all year
- It acknowledges their ongoing commitment to the organization
- It’s a chance to bring everyone together to connect on a level outside of work
- Including significant others, allows people to get to know each other better
- The theme of the party should be left open for those who wish to refer to it as a Christmas party or for those who prefer to call it a holiday get together
Those against having a workplace celebration believe;
- Not everyone enjoys social gatherings and therefore it could be awkward for some
- They have already put their work week in and would prefer not to stay after hours, even for a company sanctioned event
- That it may not be culturally respectful to everyone, as some cultures do not celebrate Christmas
While I support workplace holiday events there are some do’s and don’ts to be cognizant of. Here are a few tips:
- Have the party well planned out with food and activities; maybe an ice breaker to help new employees assimilate
- Keep the get together fun, relaxed and professional
- Don’t treat the holiday party like it is a regular business meeting by making it all about work
- Don't allow alcohol and recreational marijuana at a get together. It can lead to horror stories of inappropriate behaviours and complications the next day
My recommendations above all else, make this a time for fun without sacrificing professionalism. If the event is well planned out and the expectations are clearly communicated, it will be a success. Holiday parties can in fact be a good idea!
Happy Holidays and all the best in the New Year!
Human Resources Generalist