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Celebrating Halloween at the Office
This entry was posted on October 29, 2009.
There seems to be only one thing on everybody living in the United States minds right now, and that is Halloween. For some, this means getting their children’s halloween costumes prepared for their big night of trick or treating. For others it may be preparing to go out to a Halloween party. But what some people don’t think about is celebrating Halloween at the office or on the job. Or how Halloween can actually be beneficial to both a business as well as the employees. There are plenty of ways that you can start today that will allow you and your employees to reap the benefits of Halloween at the office.
Many wonder, “Why should I even bother with Halloween at the office?” Halloween can actually be used to build the morale and teamwork of employees. This is also a key time when creativity and participation skills are shown among employees without having to encourage them to do so. This is perfect to identify the people in your organization with hidden talents that are waiting to be discovered, such as leadership, cooperation, participation, and creativity. Halloween is also generally a fun holiday that people enjoy celebrating, so employee morale will be easily built. With employees working together from different departments to build a common activity, it will improve communication and inter-departmental cooperation.
If you haven’t started planning your Halloween office event yet, it’s not too late, especially for those that want to step up to the challenge. Or, you can always plan on putting the event in place for the next year and making it an office tradition. Decide what the will take place at the event, set a budget, and decide when and where it will take place. Send a memo out through company e-mail, post announcements on bulletin boards, use the company intranet and spread the message through word of mouth about the event taking place. Make sure people have enough time to have their part ready.
There are different events that work better for different companies. It is best to be aware of the company culture, industry, and where the company is located when deciding which event would be best.
Halloween Party: A Halloween lunch party is a simple and easy way to put on a company event. Put decorations up in the lunch room or company cafeteria to show your Halloween spirit. The party can be as simple or as complex as you would like it to be, base it off of your budget. Having a company lunch will bring employees together and allow them to interact amongst themselves especially those that do not see each other often because they work in different departments. Make sure not to forget the pumpkin spice lattes and Halloween decorated cookies!
Costume Contest: Decide on a set of contest rules and prizes beforehand. If your budget allows you to do so, you can even include different categories to give more people a chance to win. There can even be separate contests for teams and for individuals. Award prizes for the most creative, best, most original, scariest, etc. Having a contest will improve employee morale and give them something to look forward to, especially if they win a prize.
Decorating: Have teams decorate their different departments in order to reflect their Halloween spirit. This will be a quick and easy way to prove leadership and motivation especially if the departments are in competition with each other for prize or incentive. It will also be easy to spot the team leaders during the process and those that can work best on a team. This will also give employees a chance to improve their creativity and work together.
Games: There are plenty of other games and activities that can take place prior to Halloween or even on Halloween depending on your company. Halloween games can include pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, halloween bean bag toss, or even a game of musical office chairs with spooky music playing in the background.
Having events like Halloween at the office are great ways to promote employee morale, teamwork, and working together. They also can be inexpensive if need be but still be fun at the same time. Not only is it good for business, but it builds a positive atmosphere at the work place. There really are not any downsides to having a Halloween office celebration, might as well consider giving it a try.