Thanksgiving in the Workplace

November 8th, 2017

Celebrating Thanksgiving in the Workplace- What Your Company Should Provide

Celebrating Thanksgiving at your office a few days before the holiday can be a fun tradition to bring your employees together.

Having a Thanksgiving themed potluck lunch is about adopting an attitude of gratitude – it’s not supposed to be a burden. What is your company contributing to Thanksgiving this year? What are you expecting your employees to bring?

What Should My Company Provide?

At a minimum, the company hosting the event should provide main dish, such as the honorary Thanksgiving staple… the turkey. You may want to provide ham or another option for vegetarian employees. Aside from the main dish, it’s also a good idea to provide the decorations, beverages, and arrange Thanksgiving-themed games or activities like Thanksgiving Trivia or Bingo.

What Should Employees Contribute?

Encourage employee participation, but remind that taking part is voluntary. Employees should contribute side dishes and/or desserts- both which are relatively inexpensive and allows your employees to express their creativity or showcase their favorite meal.

Keeping Employees Engaged and Productive During the Holidays

Start giving out awards. During the weeks between Thanksgiving and right after the New Year, begin a tradition of handing out weekly employee recognition awards. This will encourage employees to continue to work hard and will motivate them when motivation is hard to come by during Q4. 80% of employees say that being recognized motivates them in their job. So remember to thank your employees for a job well done — and not just this holiday season but every day, year-round.

Put the “Thanks” in Thanksgiving

Have a  to show your employees appreciation,and give them the chance to do the same for their coworkers.

Boost Employee Morale

A holiday celebration builds positive morale which results in increased employee motivation. We surveyed our employees asking what they really wanted from their employers at Thanksgiving. More than half said they’d enjoy not being required to work the day before and after the holiday. Other benefits included cash bonuses or a pre-holiday meal at work.

 

Boost Employee Morale

May 23rd, 2016

Tips to Boost Employee Morale—Are you and your employees happy?

Are you and your coworkers in a slump? Are you counting down the minutes until 5:00? We’ll give you some tips on how to boost employee morale and enjoy coming to work again!

1. Weekly Awards. Each week, vote on the hardest worker, top salesperson, or most valuable employee that week. Gather votes by Thursday afternoon and announce the winner on Friday with all employees present. Print out personalized awards and put in a frame for their office or cubicle. This is a great way to recognize hard workers and may even put some pep in the “not so hardworking” employees’ step! Gives people initiative to work better and harder, and who doesn’t enjoy being recognized for their hard work? Fun game to keep your employees on their toes!

2. Employee Appreciation Gifts. Everyone may not like surprises, but this is one surprise everyone will love! Every Monday or Friday throughout the summer, place a piece of candy with positive inspiration tag on their desk. Fun ways to boost employee morale and show your appreciation. They’ll be wondering what’s up your sleeve next week!

3. Friday Happy Hour. Who doesn’t love happy hour? This non-alcoholic spin on the usual happy hour will be sure to boost employee morale and satisfy your sweet tooth. In place of alcohol, use root beer and create root beer floats!

4. Daily or Weekly Recap. Send out a mass email to all internal employees highlighting the best parts of the day, giving shout-outs to those that deserve it, or tell a short story about a positive event that took place that day or throughout the week.

5. Pot Luck Lunch. Post a sign-up sheet on the fridge in your breakroom and let people choose which course they would like to bring. It’s a fun way to showcase your cooking or baking skills and impress your coworkers! Office Treats to Boost Employee Morale