Fall is in the air… Leaves are changing colors, mornings are cool and crisp, and it gets dark a little earlier each evening. This is a great time to start planning how your office will celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving and all of the traditional holidays. Why not even make up a few extra to celebrate like the Office Birthday and the First Day of Spring?
As I have visited a mecca of offices during any given year, I have had the chance to see some great ways to celebrate fall. Traditions range from collecting food for a local food bank, having a costume contest and parade, holding an annual trick or treat where employee’s children collect candy office to office and cubicle to cubicle, serving cider and doughnuts or even holding an annual Thanksgiving luncheon.
Events like these are critical for teambuilding and for establishing traditions for employees to think about all year long. Traditions are important in companies just as they are in families. A holiday celebration can build positive morale which will increase employee motivation. High morale and motivation contribute to team building and productivity. Productive teams are responsible for the success of your organization.
When planning, you will want to avoid celebrating specific religious holidays to honor the diverse people in your organization. For positive motivation and team building, you’ll enjoy creating seasonal holidays and celebrating occasions you designate as special in your company.
It is best to form a group of people to spear head the holiday event planning. They can be known as your Activity Committee. Because member continuity is strong in the team, traditions are honored and continued during each passing year. You do need a group, with representatives from across the company to plan and implement your events.
Make sure that your Activity Committee keeps good records. You will need to be able to answer questions like how many employees the group fed last year, how much food was purchased, how many pizzas served the whole crowd and how much money was collected for each charity. Your employees will want to know that the food drive brought in 200 more pounds of food this year than last. Exceeding the company record is good for motivation and for team building.
Involve as many employees as you can to carry out each activity. When an employee has a task like decorating the lunch room or supervising a children’s game they are much more likely to be involved and excited about the event. More importantly, the more hands involved the less work for one group of people.
What are some of the fall activities your company hosts? I’d love to hear some new ideas!