Holiday Celebrations for Motivation and Teamwork

Celebrations bring people closer. This is as true in companies as it is in families. Many aspects of office holiday celebrations tie in together to keep your people engaged. There’s no shortage of holidays that you can use to strengthen the sense of camaraderie among your people. For example, you can go with fun national holidays in Canada such as National No One Eats Alone Day (February 9) and National Bike to Work Day (May 18 or Third Friday in May).

Planning for Office Holiday Celebrations

Amazing office holiday events don’t happen spontaneously; you need to plan for them to be a success. A number of factors go into planning a memorable office party for the holidays. You need to pick the right venue, choose the appropriate theme, get the timing of the party right and make sure the celebrations are inclusive of people from various cultures. You might also need the help of a professional event planner to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Venue options for office holidays include conference centers, restaurants and hotels among others. If you want to make the even more memorable, consider choosing a unique location such as a sports facility or a performing arts center. The idea is to switch things up and give your colleagues an experience they’ve never had before.

When it comes to the theme of your office holiday event, there are various options that you can explore. You can plan a sporting event such as an office Olympics. Alternatively, you can do an office talent show or choose a theme around a well-known aspect of pop culture such as Game of Thrones.

Other options include celebrating a company milestone or an obscure holiday such as “Fun At Work Day” (January 28) or Employee Appreciation Day (March 1 or the first Friday of March). The key is to choose a holiday that most, if not all, your colleagues can relate to. Give preference to themes and celebrations that emphasize employee loyalty.

Once you bring together all these elements, the next step is to make sure that you get the timing right. You don’t want the party to drag on too long. Otherwise, the people at the party may get bored. Don’t be shy about asking for help. You can create a team of office workers that are responsible for planning the party, or consider hiring a professional corporate event planner to ensure that every aspect of your office or the event runs smoothly.

4 Useful Tips for Active, Healthy Teams in Winter

Winter brings with it freezing mornings and snow-covered sidewalks, but your business needs to keep going. Many Canadian workers tend to cope with the cold season in unhealthy ways such as skipping lunch, so they don’t have to deal with the cold outside. However, spending too much time indoors dampens their mood and harms their health. As a result, workplace productivity takes a hit.

Here are some ways to encourage your employees to be physically active and remain productive.

1. Centralize Office Facilities

Reconsider the placement of shared workplace facilities such as printers and trash cans. Placing these items at a central location will get your employees moving. Moreover, centralizing trash cans helps to reduce the cost of waste management. Similarly, setting up a central printing center gets people moving, encourages interactions and simplifies maintenance.

2. Have Stand-Up and Walking Meetings

Physical activity improves brain function. Sitting for long hours has the opposite effect. For these reasons, consider having stand-up and walking meetings. Discussing business while strolling around the office livens your teams’ moods and boosts their creativity. Furthermore, team members tend to be more concise and precise in walking meetings than they are at sitting meetings.

3. Keep Your Team Well-Hydrated

Healthy people drink plenty of water. Make sure your teams’ energy levels are high and their moods are positive by encouraging them to stay well-hydrated. Set up a central water cooler, and make sure it never runs dry. The benefits of centralized water supply at the office are three-fold: drinking lots of water keeps your people healthy, a central water cooler gets them moving, and well-hydrated people visit the restroom often (which further encourages movement).

4. Model the Right Behavior

When it comes to office culture and mood, your employees follow your lead. The level of physical activity is part of your office culture. In addition to taking the above measures to encourage movement, you can change your office culture by embodying the physically active behavior you want your employees to adopt. Participate in your company’s stair clubs, health screenings, vaccinations and gym workouts. and watch your teams follow your example.

Jumpstart Your Teams

There’s no justification for having inactive teams during the winter. Despite the cold weather, you can make your work-space active, boost morale and inspire productivity by centralizing office facilities, keeping your teams well-hydrated, having walking meetings, and modeling a healthy lifestyle. Your employees can learn to see winter as an exciting period when you show them how to be active.