Halloween @ Work
Only second to Christmas time, Halloween is one of the most popular holidays and increased its popularity among employees. By celebrating Halloween at work, it appeals to that little child in each of us. Aside from fostering camaraderie, it also helps create more motivated employees.
Halloween is unconnected to any particular religion, celebrating this, won’t offend the diverse employees. The myriad activities associated with Halloween allow you to schedule few or many events as you want, and it’s voluntary for employees’ part. Nevertheless, any employee should feel being pressured to celebrate Halloween at work.
How to Celebrate Halloween at Work
If you are used to organizing company event, you may want delegate time. Just form a small group, probably a cross-functional committee to plan and execute the Halloween event. Rather than all organizational event planning landing in the lap of the Human Resources staff, rotating primary responsibility for holidays from one department to another is important.
Rotational assignment such as this, allows for team building and leadership since planning and executing holiday celebrations builds staff skills.
Ideas for Halloween @ Work
These are just suggestions for possibilities of celebrating Halloween at work.
• Costume Party : Any Halloween celebration will not be complete without the office staff wearing costumes. You can keep the event simple and encourage people to just wear their costume to work for this particular day. Or, you can make the celebration more elaborate and hold a party or an official parade of costumed employees throughout the company.
Staff voting for their favorite costume is often a popularity contest. It is recommended to create multiple categories of awards. The best costume, the funniest costume, the most sophisticated costume, the most unique costume, the scariest costume, and the most creative costume. Prizes ranges from small trophies to cash or gift certificates.
• Halloween Breakfast: Coffee with pumpkin spice and pumpkin-flavored doughnuts make a popular breakfast treat for Halloween. Breakfast food like pumpkin and apple bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin coffee cake, or pumpkin and apple muffins. Do make the breakfast a team building celebration. Ask employees to spend some time together chatting rather than retreating with their breakfast to their cubicle.
• Halloween Luncheon: If breakfast is too early for some employees, you can schedule Halloween Lunch instead. Pizza or sandwich party can be alternative too. Most restaurants will deliver for a large crowd with this kind of event.
• Halloween Decorations: Cubicles with Halloween decorations should be encouraged. Offer prizes for best and most festively decorated work area. You can give awards like the awards for such. Enhance the team building aspects of this competition by encouraging teams of people to work together to decorate their shared work area.
• Pumpkin Carving Contests: This can be an activity together with the family of employees. Around late in the afternoon, staff can bring their children in for the pumpkin carving contest. Parents can bring older children to help and younger kids to watch if you choose to make this a family adventure. Other organizations make pumpkin carving a contest between individual employees or groups of employees.
• Trick or Treat: Not just for children, you can encourage all employees to bring treats to share and employees can go cubicle to cubicle or door to door trick or treating. Provide each employee with a Halloween trick or treat bag for fun.
• Volunteer Work: Organize community events, and activities, on this day. Company employees have visited elder care centers in full costume and passed out treats. They may visit pediatric care facilities at hospitals. Or do food collection drives for local churches and charities.
Halloween celebrations at work are a popular way to make positive impact to employees morale and team building. Make it count.
Source : TheBalance.com