Christmas is a fantastic season for businesses. More often than not, the Christmas rush can help small businesses keep their books in the green. The volume of orders tends to increase before Christmas, making it a busy and stressful period. But, it is also a hugely profitable season, so there’s a lot to celebrate.
As a business owner, you want to seize the opportunity to say thank you to your employees. Indeed, as you prepare the last orders of the year, you can look back on everything the business has achieved and thank your employees for their contributions. Recognizing their hard work and showing gratitude will ensure they feel valued and appreciated.
But what else can you plan at the office to make the Christmas season festive without breaking the bank? After all, people can feel easily overwhelmed and stressed out during this season as there is often a lot to do at work to meet deadlines. So, a little celebration can go a long way to relax and engage.
Throw a Christmas sweater day
Just because Christmas is around the corner doesn’t mean you should slack off on your business social media. Why not create a little bit of engagement with a funny Christmas sweaters challenge for your team? You can mark every Friday in December “ugly seasonal sweater day” and take pictures for candid office photos on social media. Hashtags #uglyChristamssweaters are frequently trending this season. It’s a great way of engaging both your employees and your audience group!
If you make it a competition, you can get a voucher or a cake for the person who gets the most likes for their outfit.
Have a bake-off contest
Christmas is a time for giving, and it is a fantastic period for businesses to run a charity campaign. You could encourage team members to bake their favorite Christmas cookies for a big sale event. If you run a customer-facing business, you can place the cookies on display and ask customers to donate money if they want a snack. The donations can go to the charity of your choice. If an office, employees will be the ones buying the cookies. It can be a sweet campaign that feels rewarding for those involved.
Plan an afternoon party at the office
Many businesses like to throw a Christmas party for their team. However, more often than not, corporate Christmas parties are organized on an evening. They are not practical for people who live far away from the office. Additionally, those with a family are reluctant to join the party as it is outside working hours.
Therefore, an afternoon party can be the best option as it will mean two things:
Ideally, a successful Christmas party should have alcohol. But as it occurs in the afternoon, you should keep things simple and enjoyable:
From Christmas photos to Christmas cookies, there are plenty of things you can do to make your employees feel appreciated this Christmas. Even as a small business, you can still plan a wonderful event for everyone!