Is there an alternative to the annual team
The workplace Christmas Party Season about to start an opportunity for teams to come together, bond over a few bubbles and let their hair down - right? Sounds good but in reality the annual festive get-together can cause a few HR headaches the next day - not all of which can be solved with an aspirin and a bacon sarnie.
Traditional turkey dinners with a few drinks certainly have their place - they are a great way to thank and reward your team, strengthen workplace relationships and build loyalty to your company but unfortunately the often alcohol-fuelled festivities can be a ticking HR time bomb - with politics, gossip and old grievances rearing their ugly heads and then shared for prosperity on Facebook!
A survey by Poptop of 1000 UK workers which revealed that only 43% of employees were planning to attend their Christmas party this year.
So with employees less interested in the traditional dinner and drinks approach, coupled with an increasing onus on employers to act responsibly when it comes to rewarding with alcohol - what are the other options when planning a team get together?
Here's a few thoughts to get you thinking:
Get your team to work together to create something bespoke to them.
Whether it’s a piece of art for the reception area, a Play in a Day or even recording your own Christmas single - everyone will play to their strengths as individuals but also excel by working together. These experiences demonstrate to your team that as a unit, they can learn any new skill through developing trust, mutual support and utilising each other’s strengths and skills.
There are loads of fantastic opportunities out there for your team to try something new or develop new creative skills. A lunchtime programme of taster workshops for example would be really appreciated by aspiring photographers, comedians, DJs, artists or poets in your team. Giving your team opportunities to shine and think differently this strengthens their creative muscle making them more creative and innovative in their day to day problem solving.
It is the reason for the season but giving doesn't have to just be at Christmas. Is there something your team could do to give-back? Most charities have a range of ideas to work with businesses so look for something really relevant to your team both in terms of activity and cause. Christmas jumper days, Charity Dance Competitions or Environmental clean ups are examples of fun engaging ways to give your team the chance to contribute. These improve relationships and morale through a shared fun experience with a purpose.
The key to rewarding and engaging your staff is never about how much free food and drink you can give them but more demonstrating that you care about them, that you know what makes them tick and that you’re prepared to go that extra mile to say thank you.
What do you think? Would your team go for a less boozy celebration? Would love to hear your thoughts.
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