5 Ways to Make the Holidays More Meaningful for Your Employees

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With the holidays fast approaching, you can expect many of your employees will find it hard to stay productive. After all, who wants to be stuck in the office when there are gifts to be purchased and wrapped, a tree to be put up and relatives to visit? It might be the happiest time of the year, but for many, it’s also a very stressful time.

While it’s not exactly realistic to give all your employees time off over the holidays, what you can do is give your workplace a little more holiday cheer by doing these five things.


  1. Place Decorations

 One of the simplest ways to work the spirit of Christmas into your office is by putting up some decorations. You can even turn the activity into a contest, challenging your employees to come up with the most creative holiday decorations in their respective cubicles or departments. Winners get a major prize, while everyone who joins in on the fun gets to take home something small but special nevertheless.


  1. Bring the Holiday “Smell” Inside

Roasted chestnuts, cinnamon, pine, vanilla—these are just some of the smells of the holiday season. Whether you use potpourri, scented candles or scented humidifiers, bringing in the scent of the holidays is a great way to remind everyone of the festivities. Of course, you want to be careful when doing this, lest the holiday smell overpower the entire office and give people headaches.


  1. Give Tokens of Your Appreciation

 The holidays are the perfect time to express your gratitude, and what better way to say “thank you” to your employees than to give them little tokens of your appreciation? Mind you, it doesn’t have to be anything expensive—it can be something as simple as a personalized thank-you note (handwritten, of course), gifts picked specifically for an employee according to their interests or better yet, flexible work or paid vacation credits.


  1. Hold a Gift Exchange

Gift exchanges are a great way to get everyone excited for the holidays. Have everyone pick names and give gifts to the person written on the piece of paper. There’s also a gift-giving setup like White Elephant, where everyone gets to choose from a pile of gifts pooled from all employees.


  1. Give Back to the Community

Organize a food or gift drive for those in need in your local community. Find a local organization, like a soup kitchen, a shelter or some other foundation that routinely helps people around the holidays. Instead of a gift exchange, have your employees get gifts for the people who need them more.

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