Does your boss constantly look for ways to make the team more productive? Here’s the secret: understand that employees just want to have fun.
Kenexa, the human resources company, helps Fortune 100 companies get into the heads of the employees that make these companies tick. That’s their big secret – they make work fun.
The companies I have had an easy time planning events for get it. If the employees are having a good time, the events turn out better, and really, everyone just seems happier.
How do we inject some fun into the office this time of the year? Step one: make the office festive by putting up some office Christmas décor.
Get some good music
Blast some good music. Nothing helps office productivity like audial pleasure. Get your colleagues to send in their favourite songs, just like sending in requests to a hit radio station. Better yet, set up a team Grooveshark account.
The easiest decoration you can put up. You’ll be done in 15 minutes. Grab some icicle lights. Hang them up. A little tape at the corners will do it.
Make sure to peek at the looks on your colleagues’ faces as they walk in.
Holiday snack stash
Nothing says the holidays like good food. Lay out a snack table and make it look pretty. As every chef knows, having the spread look appealing whets appetites.
I saw these for the first time at a friend’s party and was amazed – they’re so easy to make and everyone who visited the snack table left grinning. For the tree ‘ornaments’, use red bell peppers or any vegetable that won’t leak juices.
Pull Apart Tree
- 1 can (13.8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated artisan pizza crust with whole grain or Pillsbury® refrigerated regular pizza crust
- 4 oz, or half brick, cream cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella or Italian blend shredded cheese
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 clove garlic, minced very fine
- 3 tablespoons freshly chopped basil and rosemary
- 1 cup warmed marinara sauce for dipping
- Heat oven to 400°. Lay pizza dough on a work surface and stretch to a 10 x 15 inch size. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 36 equal squares. In a small bow, combine cream cheese and shredded cheese. Mix well.
- Add one tablespoon of the cheese mixture to each dough square. Make a ball with the dough, sealing the edges. Place on a cookie sheet in a Christmas tree form as shown in the photos above. Bake for 15 – 17 minutes, or until golden brown.
- After removing pull-apart from the oven, brush with butter and sprinkle with chopped herbs. Serve pull apart with marinara sauce.
Relaxing by the fireplace
Grab an old copy paper box and wrap it up with some brick-patterned prints. Any marble or solid-wood coloured paper will make a fantastic façade for your fireplace mantle. Add a stocking plus a fireplace background on your monitor. Voilà – even better than the fireplace channel.
Hanging candy canes
Another simple idea. Tie various color themed ribbons around a variety of different size candy canes for easy window decorations. The more the merrier, so load them up with plenty of candy canes and try hanging them at different heights to add dimension.
Decorating the office can make your colleagues more productive and really, just happier people. Employees just want to have fun, and just a small amount of time putting some Christmas décor ideas together can spice up the 9-to-5.