Happy, Merry, Ho, Ho, Hum
This holiday season may not have you feeling like ringing in the cheer, but just because we can’t do things the same way doesn’t mean we can’t do them at all!
In fact, as an HR person, I’m always either being told or telling people, “just because we’ve done it one way doesn’t mean we have to keep doing it that way.” Well, it’s time to take that sage advice and put it to work!
Let’s start with the elephant in the room – the holiday work party. Some of us look forward to it all year long. It’s a time we get to see our co-workers in an entirely different light. Sometimes, we wish the lights were dimmer. But that’s a separate blog. Some of us dread it all year long and start dreaming up excuses not to go in October.
This year you get a chance to reinvent the holiday work party, and what a great time to come up with something less divisive and think inclusive. You know your team the best so think hard about how to make this year special.
Many of you are crazy creative and probably way ahead of the game. I’d love to hear your ideas! For those of us still shocked, it’s November, don’t worry, there’s always the internet. One quick search for “work parties 2020,” and the options were endless. Some were pretty basic, but some, like the junkyard decoration contest, made me laugh out loud. Yep, employees create an ornament from junk and record themselves, making it to music, and the best one wins. I’m so doing that one!
If money is no object, yeah, right, but if it’s not, there are companies out there that will do an entire virtual holiday party for you. Just sit back and relax, and games, scavenger hunts, caroling, and fun begin. Depending on how many employees you have, here’s another fun idea. Send each employee a box full of all the goodies to create a gingerbread house. Then have a virtual party for the unveiling. I’ve done this before and am always surprised at the hidden talents employees have. It’s most fun if you don’t just send the pre-packaged kits. Add some extra frosting, candies, and treats in a beautiful box that employees open at home with a personalized note from you!
The point is not to let this season go unnoticed. We’ve all had a tough year with COVID, virtual school, election drama, and the inability to see family and friends. Let’s make new traditions. Who knows, we
may even like these better.
Here’s to turning Ho, Ho, Hum into Ho, Ho, Happy Holidays!