Whether we like it or not, Christmas is coming. Nothing says Christmas in the office like an extravagant Christmas party, complete with flashy outfits, but right now we’re living through a cost of living crisis and 36% of businesses will actually be stripping back their Christmas parties. You don’t have to be working with the best accountants in Newcastle to know these money saving tips for the festive season. The ultimate guide is right here…
Decorate the office
Nothing gets everyone in the Christmas spirit like bringing everyone together to decorate the office. Have everyone put a few decorations on the tree, or divide into teams to string lights from the walls or the ceiling. You could even get some festive competition going by asking your employees to decorate a bauble, or bring in their tackiest tree ornament from home!
Having the radio on is a staple in the office, so why not make sure the festive tunes are blasting in the run up to Christmas? Try and find a mix of old and new tunes, to cater to everyone in the office and create a sense of ambience. You could even try phoning or texting into a radio station to see if they’ll give your team a shoutout! It’s completely free, and will add to morale right before Christmas.
Go digital with Christmas cards
Buying Christmas cards can be an unnecessary expense, especially when we live in the digital age. Encourage your employees to go digital with their Christmas cards this year. You could even consider making a competition for your team to use an app to create a Christmas card, and the best one wins a small prize.
No office Christmas is complete without the embarrassment of office Christmas jumper day. Most offices use this as an opportunity to support charities such as Save the Children, as well as spend a bit of time getting into the Christmas spirit. In order to keep costs down, make sure everyone in the office knows they are not expected to go out and buy a new jumper for this occasion. Consider looking round charity shops or borrowing a jumper for the occasion.
Christmas lunch can end up being a big spend for businesses, especially when you consider that a lot of Christmas lunches just aren’t that good. Instead, why not consider having each of your employees bring in a couple of plates of buffet food, for you to all enjoy together in the office. While the buffet is going on, everyone can enjoy pulling crackers and you could even play some games or host a quiz.
Spending time together celebrating as a team is a great way to bring happiness into the office, especially as it is the season to be jolly. Don’t worry about breaking the bank to show your employees a good time. Instead, make sure you’re taking plenty of photos of their smiling faces, as they make the most of their Christmas season.