Wake up. Go to work. Work hard. Come home. Rinse. Repeat. It’s the same predictable routine day in and day out for many of us. It’s no wonder that so many employees feel drained and are living for the weekend! Nevertheless, working is a staple part of life, so it’s in the employer’s hands—and best interest—to do what they can to make their employees’ experiences as enjoyable as possible. It’s a proven fact that when your employees feel undervalued, it’s reflected in their work and that’s a lose-lose situation.
Holidays at Work
Celebrations are a great way to improve morale and bring some joy into the workplace. Birthdays are a good example because they show an employee that their special day was worth remembering and appreciating. It’s a small step that can go a very long way in showing them that you care. So go ahead and send that email, give them a card, buy them a cake, and/or have a party for them. It will be the gift that keeps on giving.
Holidays are another example of something that can be celebrated at work and boost employee confidence and overall experience. If you choose to take this path, make sure that you are mindful of and sensitive to those who may or may not celebrate some of these occasions for religious or other purposes. If you don’t keep this in mind, it can do your organization more harm than good.
Examples of Holidays to Celebrate
A great example of bringing something fun into the workplace could be a Halloween celebration. Employees are able to let their hair down a bit, wear fun costumes, and indulge in some sweet treats! What’s not to love about that?
Besides Halloween, there are dozens of holidays to choose from. As a matter of fact, you can even create some of your own! If you’ve ever seen the show, The Office, Michael Scott—branch manager of paper company, Dunder Mifflin—created holidays and reasons to celebrate all the time. Though we don’t recommend being as eccentric as he was, it’s a fun idea that could almost certainly improve employee morale.
At the end of the day, it’s up to you as the person in charge to make sure your employees have a positive experience in their work environment. After all, it’s where they spend a majority of their time every day. The celebration of holidays and birthdays are a great way to shake up the usual routine and do something memorable for your staff that they’ll look forward to year after year. Remember, when you take good care of your employees, they will take care of you.