Celebrations in the workplace

workplace celebrationsIt doesn’t matter if it’s big or small – everyone loves a celebration! Whether it’s for a birthday, engagement, retirement or promotion, we love nothing more than enjoying good news and sharing in the positive vibes, dancing and partying, long into the night.

It’s actually my birthday today and I got to thinking, what do you do when those celebratory events coincide with actual workplace hours… and you’re the boss or you work alone?

You’re in charge

When it comes to workplace celebrations you could decide either way – you allow them or you don’t.

You could argue that at work, you want your team to work, so celebrations over birthdays etc. just don’t fit in with your work ethic. However, as long as you put guidelines in place, there are benefits to actually letting your team celebrate joyous events and it could really have a positive effect on your business and staff morale.

Keep it fitting with your company image

It’s important that you protect your company’s image – so keep the celebrations fitting for your niche and ethics.

If you’re in an industry that warrants appearing professional at all times (such as legal and medical based industries), you could limit decorations to just the celebrating person’s desk or hold a small get together at lunchtime. This not only honours the special occasion but also shows that you’re happy to mark the event in some way.

Your company may have really strong family ethics, in which case, you’ll want to mark the occasion and possibly make a bigger noise about it. This could include hanging bunting and balloons or hosting a special lunch to celebrate.

Not in front of the customers…

workplace celebrationsAgain, depending on the image you’d like to portray you need to decide whether it’s something you celebrate on a wider level.

For example, you may be a family run company that is big on highlighting how you’re ‘all part of the family’ and ‘all in it together’. How about a company that prides itself on being ‘open and honest’, who like to ‘treat everyone as equal’ and want to ‘celebrate the good in life – big and small’.

Both of these companies can get a gain a lot through publicly celebrating special occasions, as it will help strengthen their company image. They’d benefit from including the customers in the celebrations by:

  • Emailing to share the news
  • Including a special offer or discount to mark the occasion
  • Posting the occasion on social media – including images etc.

Not only does it have a positive effect on your company, it also shows you care for and value your employees – a great PR opportunity.

How about it you work on your own?

Flare - FreeDigitalPhotos.netIf you work on your own you can still celebrate your special events, by adapting the above ideas. Whether you decide to decorate your own chair and buy yourself a cake and balloon or give yourself the day off work – you want to be celebrating those occasions that are positive and happy.

You could always:

  • Throw an online party via social media, sharing music videos and hosting giveaways throughout the day
  • Host a group call with Google Hangouts of a webinar platform
  • Host an online special event – offering discounts and special offers from yourself and others

Whatever you decide to do to celebrate in the workplace, remember it isn’t just about the occasion – it can also make your company shine!

How do you feel about celebrations in the workplace? Do you love them or loathe them? What experiences and advice do you have about them? I’d love you to share them in the comments box below. If you have questions regarding the best ways to celebrate for your niche, why not share them below and I’ll do my best to answer them!

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