How do you create a spark at your office and remind people to have fun while encouraging imagination, innovation and collaboration? Well for us, it was a duck.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Day
Did you know that National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is celebrated on the third Friday of December every year?
If your office already does this, great! If not, it’s never too late to start a new tradition and a great excuse for the team to come together and blow off some steam. An easy way to incorporate an ugly sweater day at your office is to align this with an already existing event, or casual Friday.
Try creating a competition, if employees know there are prizes involved they will be more likely to participate, rewarding employees for the most creative, original, or downright outrageous sweater as this is bound to spark some fun and laughter all day.
Secret Santa with a Twist
You’ve probably participated in an office secret Santa at some point, but in case you’ve forgotten, the concept is simple. Everyone participating in the gift exchange brings a small gift at a predetermined dollar value and participates in a little office fun. Try to keep things as simple and fun as possible, ensuring that there are rules in place prior will help to guarantee that the gift exchange runs smoothly.
Many employees find giving back to the community extremely rewarding. Try to pinpoint a few charities in your community that offer volunteer opportunities and schedule a day for employees to get their hands dirty and give back. Better yet, allow your teammates to propose and vote on the charitable initiatives they would like to participate in. This is a wonderful way to foster commitment and excitement with your team, and aids in your company's philanthropic initiatives.
Incorporating an event into your holiday party is never a bad idea. Escape rooms aren’t only tons of fun, they are also a great team building activity. If you have a large team try creating interdepartmental groups, this will allow employees from varying parts of the organization to work together and strategize over the problem at hand.
These fun and thrilling rooms are always full of surprises and can be found in most major cities.
Plan a games day and celebrate those that are at the office until the last working day of the year. This will help to ensure that the year ends on a high and allows your team to have a little fun. Need a few suggestions on finding the best game for your team? Here is a resource that we love and we’re sure you will too. Don’t forget board games are a great option as well.
So, what do you think? We hope that these ideas have inspired some ideas of your own. It’s important to remember that this is just the tip of the iceberg, there are numerous things that you can do to ensure that your holiday party is stellar.