After all the stress and challenges of 2021, holiday festivities should be a priority this year. Your team deserves appreciation for all their hard work and dedication. What better way to boost their morale and strengthen your bond with them than a holiday event?
This year, make your holiday event extra special by putting in extra effort to be more personal and meaningful. Here are some of my tips:
Make holiday celebrations more inclusive.
When we think of the “holiday season,” Christmas immediately comes to mind (even if you’re not Christian). There are certainly other holidays to celebrate that we should make ourselves aware of. Even if a small number of your people feel excluded from a holiday event, it can have a negative impact on employee engagement and productivity. More importantly, it can make people feel unseen, which causes more hurt than you may think.
What you do to make this time of the year more inclusive can set the tone for your company’s culture and employee engagement throughout the following year.
This is why you should make yourself and your people more aware of which religious holidays are celebrated by members of your team. You should also know if they prefer to celebrate it and, if so, how they go about it. Before scheduling your company’s holiday events, it’s a good idea to check an interfaith calendar to avoid conflict with holidays when your employees could be absent.
Provide various (and actually good) food options.
Serve food that meets your employees’ halal, kosher, vegetarian and vegan dietary needs. And take note of specific allergies, of course!
Being conscious of what food you serve at your holiday events can drastically change the environment. If you serve food that would be at a traditional American Christmas dinner, some people could interpret that as your holiday event being a Christmas party instead of a general holiday event.
A great way to humanize your event through food is by making it a potluck, where your people can bring in a dish that they make at home so you can all share in each other’s culture.