The annual Christmas office party is a common event for any company looking to acknowledge and reward the hard work of its employees for their contributions throughout the year. If done well, it can have a significant impact on staff morale.
Of course you shouldn’t forget that it is a party and you are allowed to have some fun. But, as a leader, you can set the tone. If you take the time to plan in advance, you can use it to make your staff feel rewarded and glad that they work at a business like yours.
Firstly, think about the behaviours that make a positive difference to your business and then identify those people who you want to encourage to do more of the same. They will be an example to others and will feel encouraged that you have given them recognition.
Another idea is to write down the names of the members in your team and think about something each has done that you are thankful for. It could be as simple as a great project they have delivered; how their humor and good nature has inspired other staff or kept morale high; and how it has made a positive contribution to the work culture. These are all achievements you can share at the Christmas party to make everyone feel included and valued.
At the party don’t just spend time with the staff you know best. Make sure that everyone in your company has received one-to-one attention, even if just for a few moments. Seeing this will encourage the same interaction and help break the ice amongst your employees.
Holding a Christmas party is not the only way you can show your staff you value them. We are all looking for recognition and want to be thanked for the contribution that we’ve made.
Christmas is a great time to look at how you reward your team and the benefits that they are given. According to research just published by Bupa*, two in five employees (44 per cent) would love their work to help them make positive changes to their lifestyle. Bupa has just launched a new range of health assessments, designed to help businesses engage their employees in their health and wellbeing. Employees receive ongoing coaching and support from a Bupa health adviser before, during and beyond the assessment to help map out a clear route to a healthier lifestyle, and stay motivated to reach goals.
So as you hit the Christmas season make this one, one to remember for all of the right reasons.
Speak to Bupa’s small business team to find out more.
* In a study of 2,000 UK employees published by Bupa in October on Healthy Living