Bring some holiday cheer into your office with these New Year’s office decorating ideas. Whether you are planning an office party or just want to celebrate the season (for the sake of clients, employees, or both,) use these ideas as starting points to get your own thoughts humming. What would you like your office to look like this New Year’s?
• Spray-paint bow tie pasta and tie it to a piece of string to make an easy garland
• Spray-paint a doily onto a light bulb, and watch to beautiful shadows reflect onto the walls
• Hang giant tissue paper pom-poms from the ceiling
• Glue silver coins onto mounted Styrofoam letters to create decorative words or shapes
• Recycle extra tinsel by gluing it to the end of drink stirrers
• Make paper cones out of colorful construction paper and decorate it in wacky ways to create your own party hats
Office Party Themes
This is a quick and uncomplicated way to decorate your office for a party, as long as you have a pump to inflate the balloons! Make balloon chains to hang along the walls, tie streamers to the ends and hang from the ceiling, and create balloon bouquets as centerpieces on tabletops. Be creative, and be colorful! Send a balloon attached to each invitation to your employees. As a party favor, give a packet of beautiful balloons to keep the memory alive.
Turn the lights down low. Place twinkle lights everywhere for a starry effect. You can also use glow-in-the-dark star and planet stickers on the walls or ceilings to amplify the effect. Hang silver star balloons and white star cutouts from the ceiling. Serve food on star-shaped serving platters, and buy paper cups, plates and napkins with stars printed on them. Sprinkle star confetti on tables and serving counters. Bake star-shaped cookies as party favors.
Decorate the doorways and hallways with flowers and greenery. Wrap tables in grass table skirts, and use hollowed out pineapples, coconuts, and oranges to make votive tea light holders. Pin colorful, Hawaiian-colored cloths to the walls. Instruct your attendees to wear beach shirts, sarongs, grass skirts, etc. to make the event more festive.
This is one of our more “upscale” ideas for those who want to dress up their holiday office party. The theme incorporates decorative masks to adorn the faces of all the guests. Ask your guests to bring whatever masks they’d like, so they can choose one that matches their date’s and their outfit. Still, buy a few extras for those who don’t bring their own. A true masquerade usually incorporates a lot of purple and gold colors, so keep that in mind when choosing tablecloths, paper plates, flatware, and cups. In the background, play eerie classical music pieces.
The Chocolate Factory
If you want a whimsical, fantastical party that reminds every one of their childhood, why not a Willy Wonka themed party? Incorporate bright candy colors into the décor. For centerpieces, fill transparent glass vases with multicolored candy pieces. Serving tables should have candy scattered throughout. Print out oversized photos of Umpa-Lumpas to decorate the walls. For party favors, what’s better than a Wonka Bar?
Have these decorating ideas got your mind buzzing? Are your thoughts brewing with New Year’s plans for your own office? Go for it! Be creative, take risks, and be yourself. Everybody appreciates a little effort, and a cheerful, festive work environment is nothing to sneeze at. Bring the best of the season to your employees and watch their spirits lift.
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We spend about half of our waking hours at work, and that makes work an especially important place to be happy. Even if you never became the star athlete or movie star that you thought you would when you were 8, hopefully you are happy enough with your job and your co-workers to feel fulfilled and optimistic about your work life. By now you have probably discovered that one of the keys to feeling good during the workday is having a positive attitude. And, of course, positivity is contagious, as is negativity. Make sure you are contributing to your office’s good vibes with these tips.
Gratitude is a major subject in mindfulness meditation and in the field of Positive Psychology. Brain scans show that when people are instructed to think of things that they appreciate in their lives or are grateful for, the parts of their brains associated with happiness become active. Try to think of ways that you can practice gratefulness at work. What are you thankful for about the people you work with? One promising idea is to list “appreciations” as a standing agenda item during meetings. Individuals can speak about someone or something at work for which they are grateful, for instance, “I am grateful for John in IT for solving my computer problem. Without him I wouldn’t have been able to do my work.”
No matter what is going on around you, make a promise to yourself to preserve your positive attitude at all costs. According to the research on happiness, both positivity and negativity are contagious because of the mirror neurons in our brains. Don’t catch the negativity bug. Choose to be the beacon of positivity in your work environment.
Employee relationships can be a powerful reason to enjoy going to work. Further, having good relationships at work can make you more productive, and help you get through stressful times when you are under a lot of pressure. Make an effort to be friendly to your coworkers casually in the office, eat in the breakroom or cafeteria, or go out to lunch or for an after-work activity with a couple of the coworkers you know best. Try to make friends. When you are friends with your co-workers, your office environment will feel much more at ease and less staid.
Martin Seligman and other researchers in the field have found that when we are engaged with our work in a way that uses our strengths in new and innovative ways, we experience more happiness. Playing to your strengths at work also makes you feel more engaged and energized by what you are doing. With this knowledge, you can not only create more happiness within yourself but help your co-workers as well. How about starting meetings with a time for sharing accomplishments big and small? You can recognize each other’s strengths and what you have to learn from each other.
We all know how much better it feels to do something for a reason than to just perform a perfunctory action. People can experience an activity as meaningful when it resonates with their values, connects them with people they like, teaches them new skills, or produces new insights. From what we know about how the human brain works, the ability to create meaning is also enhanced by confronting challenges, emotional safety, and working under structure (but not micromanagement.) Most importantly, we can learn to create our own personal meaning when we watch and listen to experienced meaning-makers.
Rewards activate the pleasure centers in our brains, whether they are self-induced or given by someone else. Using small rewards to motivate yourself can make you happier and more productive. Self-induced rewards can be anything from taking a short walk, eating a snack, or calling a loved one to say hello. If you are the person in charge at your company, you can offer your employees incentives such as flexible working hours to motivate them and show you genuinely care. Make sure the rewards you are offering are considered important by your staff. You can circulate a survey to find out what your staff would value in a rewards program.
Why is it important to spread positive vibes at work? Your company culture depends on it! If you work in a fun, friendly, and meaningful place, you will be happier and better at your job. Make the positive decision to add to your workplace’s good vibes, and reap the rewards.
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Depending on who you ask, the office Christmas party can be an event that everyone looks forward to or an event everyone dreads. If you happen to be the one planning the big event, the pressure is on to make it a success. Read on for some great ideas to make your office party a success that people will be talking about for months.
Most people don’t consider sitting around the office sipping punch and eating sugar cookies a great time. The first thing you can do to liven up your event is to take it out of the office. This gives employees something to look forward to and gets them out of the place where they work. Moving it out of the building rather than down the hall, makes the temptation to discuss work lessen and helps people really socialize and relax.
A nice luncheon can also lessen some of the pitfalls of office party etiquette, like too much alcohol. Nobody wants to be the one that gets talked about for years to come because they got too drunk at the party. A luncheon at a hotel or nice restaurant minimizes the drinking aspect and keeps things focused on safer holiday fun.
Menu, Prizes, and Guests
One way to change things up is to give your menu some international flair. If you typically go the traditional route, perhaps try an Asian-inspired holiday menu. Or you can go with some traditional Mexican holiday favorites as well. These are popular options and can also give you some variety in your decorating.
Offering door prizes is a great way to generate excitement and get people engaged. The ideas for door prizes are seemly endless and can range from extra vacation days, gift cards for restaurants, spa treatments, gas or groceries are always a big hit. You can either do a traditional drawing and give raffle tickets as guests arrive or you can make it a game to win those sought-after prizes. Have your guests take a guess as to how many candy canes or red and green jelly beans are in the jar.
Christmas office parties can also be a time to recognize company success and employee contributions. One way to put the focus on the surrounding community is to incorporate a charitable cause as part of your holiday celebration. Perhaps there is a local children’s hospital or food pantry in need of supplies. Most communities have a variety of causes to support so do a little homework and ask your employees what causes they support. You might get some great ideas and really make a difference in your community while celebrating the holidays.
Some Christmas parties are limited to staff only but you might want to consider expanding the guest list and making it a family affair. For some, childcare is an issue so allowing children to attend eases that burden. And if you incorporate an activity like bowling or ice skating, this makes it much more fun for kids and spouses to attend and enjoy themselves.
White elephant or gag gifts are always a fun option, provided everyone keeps it clean! You don’t want any post-party human resource issues. One idea is to have everyone find the worst gift under $5 and have a drawing of wrapped gifts where there are only a few gifts worth keeping. Scattering a few $5 coffee gift cards in the midst of gag gifts can make it a fun drawing as well.
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The struggle to find the ideal office temperature is definitely real. In some offices, it can be a battle to control the thermostat; some are seemingly always freezing to death and others are perpetually hot. Many prepare their office spaces for battle by having sweaters, space heaters and fans to combat each temperature scenario.
But if everyone is so focused on the temperature, then productivity is bound to decrease. So, what is the ideal office temperature? Well, research has gone both ways over the years. And some say it depends on whether you are male or female.
It has long been believed that a cooler office would produce higher productivity. However, some studies over the last few years have proven that warmer just might be better.
According to a 2006 study done by the Helsinki University of Technology and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, “performance increases with temperature up to 69.8 to 71.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The highest productivity is at a temperature of around 71.6 degrees Fahrenheit.”
But a study conducted by Cornell University has found that productivity is best at about 77 degrees Fahrenheit. It does stand to reason that if people are so focused on how hot or cold they are, then productivity would be impacted. But, what other factors affect productivity?
Other Factors to Consider
A person’s weight has a lot to do with how they perceive temperature shifts. People who weigh more, or have a higher body mass index, tend to feel warmer faster. While those with a lower body mass index typically get colder more easily.
Age is also a factor in determining the ideal office temperature. Older workers, especially those over the age of 55, can be more easily impacted by colder temperatures. If you have an older workforce, you might want to consider bumping up that office temperature to keep them more productive and comfortable.
If your company has predominantly female employees, then this must be a consideration as well when determining the ideal office temperature. Women have a very different body chemistry and their metabolic rates are lower than men and they also tend to have more body fat which makes them warmer. This makes women more sensitive to warm temperature changes.
Building design is also a consideration when figuring out the ideal temperature. Does your office have large windows or high ceilings? Windows let in a lot of sunlight and can easily heat up a room. High ceilings can sometimes create poor air distribution which makes air conditioners work harder and longer. Sometimes knowing your building as well as your employees is the best bet in maintaining that ideal office temperature.
Probably the biggest factor impacting temperature is humidity. Ideal humidity levels are key to maintaining the ideal temperature. If the air has too much humidity, it could impact a worker’s ability to sweat, leading to heat exhaustion. However, if the humidity is too low, workers can have skin, throat and nasal passages that feel dry and uncomfortable. Ideally, the humidity level should be at about 40% for optimal comfort year-round.
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Finding the right office space can also be a key factor in temperature maintenance. As mentioned previously, knowing and understanding how your building works is sometimes just as important as knowing the makeup of your workforce.
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