The days are getting shorter, office staff is thinning out as people start taking holidays, and perhaps you are starting to detect the impatience of your co-workers to have more time off as Christmas and the New Year approach.
Well then, to finish off the year, why not try these thoughtful gestures to stave off the winter blues and lift everyone’s spirits in the workplace?
- Make a playlist
If your office allows music, or you have a shared Spotify playlist, get everyone feeling festive with a few holiday favourites. You’ll soon have everyone humming along as they work.
- Stock up
Christmas treats are sold but once a year (even if they do start selling them in October). It won’t cost much to leave a few in your office kitchen area along with a note saying ‘Help yourself!’. Everyone feels better after free food, and they will be more likely to return the favour!
- Sticky notes
Speaking of leaving notes, if there’s one sure way to put a smile on someone’s face, it’s to leave a sticky note on their desk sending them best wishes for the holiday season. (And don’t worry, the company usually provides you with free stick notes!) Small gestures like this go a long way in making someone’s day.
- ‘Tis the season to wrap
A classic prank that will have everyone giggling for the rest of the day; while one of your colleagues is away for lunch, wrap up some of these items on their desk, whether it’s their computer, their chair, their stationary, etc. Just make sure that it’s not your boss! (Or that your boss has a damn good sense of humour).
- Be a friend
There is always someone who cannot afford the time or the money to get back home for the holidays. It’s all part of the spirit to share, so if there is enough people in the office, try pooling together a bit of extra cash to make the journey possible. If not, you could always invite him/her for the festivities yourself!
- Make the most of it
This time of year is about letting go of the stresses of the year, and looking forward to the next one. So don’t be so serious! On a cold day, wear a Santa hat; if you have spare decorations, bring baubles to hang on your desk; organise drinks after work! Even the office scrooge will have to admit that the season looks brighter if you make the most of it 🙂
Are you working at Christmas? Then you’ll know that these small gestures are enough to make December/ January the best season at work!
Let us know what things you do to keep things festive!