Mark Keeton, Vice President
It’s August, it’s sweltering outside and your whole workforce wants to be on a siesta. What can you do to shake things up and shake your team out of the doldrums?
Find something to celebrate! August certainly isn’t the only time of year that things can feel slow-moving. January following the year-end push, holidays and vacation time often have a similar vibe. By finding fun ways to celebrate unique days or special observances throughout the year, you’ll engage your team, boost employee morale and improve company culture.
Some examples of days to celebrate:
- National Doughnut Day: First Friday in June
- Trivia Day: January 4
- National Take the Stairs Day: Second Wednesday of January
- Friendship Day: First Sunday in August
- International Bacon Day: Saturday before Labor Day
- Nurses’ Week: Second week in May
- Doctors’ Day: March 30 in the United States
The list goes on and on. All you have to do is do a quick internet search to find fun days for celebration throughout the year.
There also are the more traditional days to celebrate in the workplace:
- Administrative Professionals’ Day: Last Wednesday during the last full week of April
- Bosses’ Day: October 16
- Employee Appreciation Day: First Friday of March
- Customer Service Appreciation Week: First full week of October
How to put together an employee special event celebration
Not sure where to begin?
- Some companies have committees that are dedicated to putting together celebrations. These companies typically include team members from throughout the company who have various backgrounds and lengths of tenure. Having a mix of tenures allows for some institutional memory and offers opportunity for new perspectives.
- Consider giveaways during your celebration. Either small gifts for employees or larger, more expensive raffle prizes are good options.
- If you have the budget, find a vendor who will help make your event come to life by conceptualizing and planning your next observance or company event.
- Leverage these celebrations to build your brand and as recruiting tools as well. Make sure the talent you recruit is aware of the way your company honors traditions and celebrates.
- It’s important to carefully consider what you will celebrate as a group. Remember that not everyone in your company exercises the same religion or beliefs, so avoiding religious celebrations and sticking to more lighthearted celebrations might be the way to go.
- If you’re going to celebrate more traditional holidays, be sure to offer options for those who might not follow certain customs. For example, hosting a Thanksgiving dinner without a main dish alternative for vegetarians and/or vegans could exclude some employees.
- Encourage employees to get involved in more than just the planning committee. This will help people to feel more a part of the celebration. Additionally, it will lessen the burden on the planning committee.
- Don’t think that celebrations alone will solve a morale issue in your organization. They are simply one of several tools available to help improve how employees feel about your company. They can’t take the place of the hard work involved with setting and communicating goals and a fair compensation and advancement structure.
Regardless of how or what you celebrate, employees will appreciate your work to provide some lighthearted fun during lulls in business.