December 5, 2019
Decorating your office for the holidays / end of year
POSTED BY Dahir
With the holiday season approaching and the year rounding to a close. Finding the right balance of fun, festive, and professional can be a challenge when decorating. Below is a list of helpful tips and tricks to decorate your office space in a whimsical yet productive way!
First things first when decorating is to ensure your space continues to be safe while also being fun for the holidays. Ensure no decorations pose a tripping hazard, blockages, or possible fire hazards. Unplug all lights/electrical decorations and such at the end of the workday. Keep your decorations friendly to all by minimizing scents, some may have allergies or intolerance to different odors. To provide a friendly and inviting environment for everyone, keep it festive, but neutral. This time of year, there are so many different celebrations happening, you want to include everyone in your office and be inclusive of all celebrations.
A lot goes into the design and functionality of a workplace, ensuring your decorations flow with that design will make the whole space feel thought out and purposeful. You don’t want to detract from your space but enhance it. Consider the color scheme or scale to match your space. As well you do not want your decorations to be distracting to the work taking place around you. Loud music or flashing lights may not be fun after the first few minutes and will make it harder for everyone else to concentrate.
Consider small centerpieces, low profile garlands, or a fun festive sweater to show off your special seasonal side; live reindeer, while cute, may make it hard to finish your end of year reporting when you have to stop to feed and walk them. Try decorating your wall panels or desk area with festive paper or gift wrap to show off your personality. Try adding bows in co-ordinating colors to the coffee machine or other office appliances in your lunch area, or try turning the fridge into a snowman! Window clings also work well on whiteboards, snowflakes in the corners or decorating titles will give you room to write notes and still decorate!
When bringing in treats or food to the office try to remember other food allergies, intolerances, and preferences. Of course, it’s not always possible to include all of these things but labelling can really help. There could be sneaky additives that someone is not aware of and are not able to eat or on the flip side, grandma’s world-famous cookies may be suitable for everyone to eat but they assume they cannot partake because they are unsure of what’s inside. Plan to bring in a recipe card so others know the ingredients and are able to snap a picture to make the amazing treat at home!