Office Christmas Extravaganza or Bah Humbug?

Christmas can be one of the most controversial times of year, not only at home but also in the workplace. The Whoville Holiday Cheermeister’s of the world (that’s me!) tend to want to share the joy they feel with everyone whether it is appreciated or not. In my case usually singing Christmas songs at people from early November. Whilst the Grinch’s are just trying to get through December without being covered in glitter and tinsel.

 

It is important to take into consideration the feelings of the entire office when putting up decorations in the workplace. Whilst it is usually acceptable to put up a tree and have the odd set of lights up, turning the office into Santa’s Grotto is probably taking things a bit too far. If you have people in your office who have a general dislike for Christmas or who don’t celebrate it, the abundance of decoration and forceful Christmas Spirit will likely decrease productivity and cause particular unhappiness in those who may be crucial to the everyday running of the business.

 

Alongside decorations there are also a number of obligatory traditions which happen in the workplace disguised as optional. The Christmas Party, Secret Santa and Christmas Jumper day may fill the minds of some with cheery images of their co-workers all having a great time. Opting out of these events is usually frowned upon and can lead to employees feeling forced to take part. So, it is important to keep in mind that for some December is a month like any other.

 

So, unless your office takes part in a Cubicle Christmas Decorations Competition keep the festivities minimalistic and optional to encourage a happy and productive workplace for all.

 

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Leigh Murray

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