Let’s be honest. No one really wants to come to work over the Christmas period. But if your business can still make money over the holiday season then unfortunately needs must. But it doesn’t have to be gloomy. There are ways to make the office more fun and cheerful over the festive period. And we have listed those ways here, just for you.

Make the office look Christmassy – Don’t try to cover up the fact that it’s Christmas by keeping the office the same as it always is. Put tinsel around computer screens, decorate the edge of desks with fake snow and hang paper snowflakes from the ceilings. Making the office a more attractive place to work in over the festive period will lift your employee’s mood and make it not seem such a bad place to be after all.

Put on Christmas music – lighten the atmosphere by putting on Christmas music and encourage staff to put their requests in. Christmas music is only really played in December so make the most of it. Some of those songs playing won’t have been heard for a whole year so playing them will really help lift the mood.

Hold a Christmas themed buffet – celebrate Christmas at work by encouraging staff to bring in food. You could hold a mini buffet for staff to help themselves to throughout the day or just for lunch. This could be a great team building exercise, encouraging staff to interact. It gives staff something to look forward to at work and stops them feeling like they are missing out on festivities.

Provide games for staff – you could hold quizzes, pass the parcel or even have a staff advent calendar. Fun distractions around the office can be entertaining and help diminish the strain of coming into work. This in turn could make staff happier which could make them more productive.

Secret Santa – this can be a really fun and creative way to build relationships amongst your workers. Get staff to participate and set a spending limit so it doesn’t hurt the purse strings. Not only does it encourage staff bonding, it also is another reason for staff to want to come to work.

Christmas jumper day – encourage staff to all wear Christmas jumpers to work for a day. This could be a fun, light-hearted activity for staff to participate in. It can be enjoyable for staff and give them something to look forward to.

Have a Christmas party – a Christmas party is a great way for staff to unwind and enjoy themselves. They make your team feel more appreciated, can build work relationships and give staff something to look forward to. Christmas is the best excuse to have an office party so make the most of it.

What is your office doing for Christmas this year? We’d love to know:

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