Stress at the workplace can occur all through the year, of course. But the holidays can really intensify any existing work-related stress — and create new stressful situations if we aren’t careful. The overall busyness, long work hours, over-spending, over-indulging of the holidays — not to mention dealing with traffic, end of year deadlines, and cranky customers — can wear anyone down. Add to that the rush to get work done before taking time off for the Holidays.
All hope for happy holidays at the workplace is not lost, however. Here are some simple suggestions to help lighten stress and improve moods around the office this time of year:
- offer yoga sessions — many yoga instructors offer office-specific programs that don’t require mats or yoga clothes
- bring in a massage therapist to give lunchtime neck and back massages
- designate one day a week as a late start (or early closing) day; or allow other increased flexibility to staff’s schedule
- institute a less-formal dress code, or even have a contest for tackiest Christmas sweater
- reconsider deadlines, if possible, in light of the holidays
- provide fruit trays or veggies and hummus in break rooms to give options besides the cookies and candies that will be swamping the office
- encourage everyone to drink water (which keeps all of us healthier and cuts down on holiday weight gain) and donate to charity the money they would have spent on soda or coffees
- show appreciation of how hard everyone is working – whether you are a boss, a colleague, or an employee — genuine compliments can be the best Christmas gift of all
A little fun, a little relaxation, a little kindness — all will help everyone at the office be happy, healthy, and enjoy the holidays (and work) a little bit more
Gift Ideas for Your Office Secret Santa
Looking for the perfect gift for your office Secret Santa exchange? Shopping for co-workers is not always easy, but don’t let the stress of finding a great gift your ruin the fun. If you’re unsure what to get your co-workers, don’t worry. Check out these gifts for every budget that your co-workers will love.
Personalized Sock Monkey Plush Treat Jar
This sock monkey treat jar will bring joy to your co-worker’s office. Personalize it with their name and fill it with their favorite candies. Starting at only $19.99
Personalized Business Card Holder
This custom business card holder engraved with your co-workers name will bring joy to your co-worker year ’round. Only $12 at Etsy
Cookie Cottage Cookies
Your co-worker will thank you when they open this box of delicious cookies from one of Fort Wayne’s favorite cookie makers. Fill a box of cookies with a dozen assorted cookies from only 20.25 at Cookie Cottage.
Toastabag: Toaster Grilled Cheese Maker
The Toastabag is a reusable bag that works in the office toaster which will allow your co-worker to grill up the perfect grilled cheese sandwich at lunchtime. Buy a pack of 2 from Amazon for only $9.99.
The Titop Smartphone Stand for a desk will allow your co-worker to keep their phone from becoming buried in the pile of papers on their desk (if it’s anything like mine!). On sale now at Amazon starting at only $19.99.
Give your co-worker the gift of sound with the Oontz Bluetooth Speaker. The Oontz speaker is an affordable bluetooth speaker with great sound starting at only $24.99.
USB Coffee Warmer
Your co-worker’s coffee will never get cold again with this USB coffee warmer. Only $7.99 at Target.
Your co-workers feet will be happy and warm with these USB Slippers. Only $24.99 from Think Geek.
The Critter Bit of Help desk calendar will bring a bit of whimsy to your co-worker’s office. $24.99 from ModCloth.
Sticky Note Roller
Who wouldn’t love this Sticky Note Roller that allows you to make your note any length you want! Available for only $9.95 at Amazon.
Some Tips for throwing a Memorable Office Party
The holiday season can be a stressful time at work. But, the good news is, you may be able to de-stress a bit if there’s a fun office party to look forward to. It’s a great way to show staff how much their hard work is appreciated and to celebrate this year’s achievements. A well-done office party can forge stronger relationships between co-workers and boost morale. And it encourages everyone to take some time to slow down and have fun together. Here are some tips on how to make this year’s office party affordable, enjoyable and successful!
Planning a Successful Office Holiday Party
- If possible, designate a committee to be in charge of planning the event so the extra work doesn’t fall to just one person (and so a variety of ideas can be explored).
- Rather than just sending a boring memo, send a funny e-vite to set the mood for celebrating.
A Good Space
- Renting a space is a nice way for everyone to get away from the office, but choose a location that is convenient — make it as easy as possible for everyone to get to the party.
- Using space in your office is a good way to save money, but be sure to decorate your office to set a festive tone for the party. Try to clear the paperwork off of your desk; make it a place where everyone can forget about work for awhile.
Food And Drinks
- Whether catered or pot-lock, make sure there is plenty to go around — and a good variety to meet special dietary restrictions (consider adding a line at the bottom of the party invite where staff can note any dietary preferences).
- Other fun food options that may save some money include hiring a food truck or two to park outside the party venue; or planning the party to be a lunch or breakfast event.
- If the event will have alcohol available, you don’t need to offer too many options — party planners suggest one signature cocktail, a red and a white wine, a beer option or two, plus sodas and water.
- Keep the decorations festive, but nondenominational so that everyone feels included.
- Options for music include hiring a DJ, putting together a party playlist, or hiring local talent.
Office Party Activities
- If you want to include an activity or two, ask your colleagues beforehand and see what they would like to do — gift exchange, party games, or just hang out and have fun.
- Plan activities that are inclusive and not embarrassing to anyone. Let people opt out, if they so choose. Award prizes to the winners to enhance competition.
DOs and DON’Ts (for attendees)
- DO thank the boss for hosting the party (and also whoever did the planning).
- DO branch out and talk with coworkers that you don’t know so well.
- DON’T overimbibe.
- DO remember, this is a work function and you will have to show your face at the office the next day. Make sure you act in an appropriate, professional manner.
The Holidays are a great time to show your workers some appreciation; so above all, have fun! From all of us at Workspace Solutions in Fort Wayne, we would like to wish you a very happy holiday.