Bring Your A-Game! Office Party Etiquette

Whether you are the host, guest, or co-worker, there is an office party etiquette that can help make your next event successful. We all know how much fun it can be to attend a holiday celebration with coworkers and friends! But what should you do if you’re unsure of what’s expected? Here are some guidelines for appropriate office party behavior.

The office party may be the only time where you get to mingle with your boss, co-workers, and clients. Be on your best behavior! Show up early or right at the start of the event. It’s important that you are there for when everything begins. Don’t leave before it’s over especially if everyone else is still there.

Be gracious and offer to help clear plates or serve food as the party is winding down. Remove your own dishes from the table when you are done eating, even if others at your table seem oblivious to them! Offer a “Thank You” for hosting the office party, before leaving. If everyone seems too busy with their own conversations to notice you, don’t take it personally.

As the host: It’s your responsibility to make sure that everyone has a good time and is comfortable. If someone doesn’t drink alcohol, be sure to have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks on hand. Plan for enough seating, especially if there will be a lot of people attending. And finally, make sure there is enough food!

As the guest: When you are invited to an office party, be sure to bring a small gift for the host. Something like a bottle of wine or flowers is always appreciated. If you don’t know what to say when you first arrive, try something simple like “thank you for inviting me.” Be sure to socialize with everyone, not just the people you know.

As a co-worker: If you are invited to an office party, it’s always a good idea to attend. It can be tricky to navigate the politics of an office party, but if you stay away from controversial topics and limit your drinking, you should be fine. Try to avoid standing in one spot all night long talking to the same people. Move around and talk to as many people as possible!

The office party is a great opportunity for networking and building relationships with your co-workers. Be sure to follow these etiquette guidelines so that everyone has a good time!

Holiday parties: Everything You Need to Know

With the Christmas season in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about holiday office parties. There is a lot of pressure when it comes to these events; you want everyone to have fun and enjoy themselves but don’t know what kind of food and drinks to serve. We’ve got all the details on how you can plan this event flawlessly!

-Keep the decorations simple and don’t spend too much money. People will remember the experience more than the fancy garlands.

-Make sure there is enough food for everyone, only serving the main course if you think people will go hungry without it. Or, instead of serving a sit-down dinner, try buffet style with lots of different options for people. Stay away from heavy, greasy foods. Instead, opt for a lighter fare such as veggie platters and mini quiches.

-When it comes to drinks, keep it simple with either a signature cocktail or sparkling wine. Ensure that non-alcoholic beverages are also available so those who don’t drink alcohol can still enjoy themselves. Also, stock up on plenty of water to avoid dehydration from alcohol consumption. You don’t want anyone getting sick over the holidays!

-Plan games and activities that everyone can participate in such as charades or a gift exchange.

-Take lots of pictures throughout the night and send them out in a group email to everyone who attended! Even better, set up a photo booth to capture all the memories from the night!

-Mingle with your coworkers. These parties are great opportunities to bond with your colleagues

-It should go without saying but please avoid drinking too much! There is nothing worse than being hungover during the work day.

-Keep it classy and formal by wearing a dress or slacks along with an office-appropriate sweater. If you are not sure, just stick to business casual for this event.

We hope these tips help you plan the perfect office holiday party! Enjoy yourselves and have a happy holiday.

Decorating the Office for the Holidays

It’s that time of year again- the perfect opportunity to deck your halls with holiday cheer. But before you go out and spend money on decorations, take a look at these tips for decorating the office for the holidays. Here are a few ideas to get you started: 

  • Think about how festive you want your workspace to be. If you have a lot of employees who work from home, then it might not make sense to deck out their desks with tons of holiday decoration since they won’t see them anyway!
  • Some people prefer just a few simple pieces while others enjoy getting really creative and going all out with garlands, lights, ornaments, etc. If it’s appropriate in your industry or company culture (or if some coworkers are known as Grinches!) be wary about using too much red and green garland or tinsel.
  • If you do decide to get creative, set a budget beforehand so that you don’t go overboard with spending on decorations! Instead of buying holiday-themed trinkets for everyone in your office, consider asking them to bring their own homemade treats instead.
  • It’s important to remember to be inclusive of all faiths. If you’re going to have a nativity scene or menorah in your office, make sure there’s also a space for other religious symbols.
  • Try using homemade treats instead of store-bought ones to save money. Consider asking coworkers to contribute homemade treats instead of store-bought cakes and cookies.

When it comes to decorating the office for the holidays, remember that less is more. You don’t want to overwhelm your coworkers or create too much of a distraction from work. But with a few simple items, you can create a festive atmosphere that will brighten up everyone’s day (and probably get them into the holiday spirit too!)

Happy decorating! 🙂

Ways to Give Thanks this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for all of the things we have in our lives. This year, why not use this holiday season as an opportunity to give back? Here are some ways you can make Thanksgiving more meaningful:

1) Volunteer your time with a local organization: There are many local organizations that would love your help on Thanksgiving. You can spend a few hours with them to give back and make sure that people in need have something good to eat this holiday season.

  1. A) If you’re looking for places in your area, try searching “volunteer opportunities” + the name of your city/state.
  2. B) Try searching “Thanksgiving meal volunteer” + the name of your city/state.
  3. C) You can also check with local homeless shelters or food banks to see if they need any help on Thanksgiving Day.

Remember, it doesn’t matter how much time you have – even an hour or two can make a big difference!

2) Donate food items at a food bank : A lot of people rely on food banks to get by, so donating food items is a great way to give back this Thanksgiving.

  1. A) See if there’s a local food bank in your area and find out what kinds of donations they need.
  2. B) Collect non-perishable food items from your friends, family, and neighbors.
  3. C) If you’re feeling really generous, you could even donate money to a food bank so they can purchase the items they need most.

3) Serve dinner at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen: Homeless shelters and soup kitchens always need volunteers on Thanksgiving Day. This is a great way to give back and help those who are less fortunate.

  1. A) Find a homeless shelter or soup kitchen in your area and sign up to serve dinner.
  2. B) Ask your friends, family, and neighbors if they want to come with you and serve dinner.
  3. C) If you can’t volunteer on Thanksgiving Day, many homeless shelters and soup kitchens need volunteers in the days leading up to Thanksgiving as well.

No matter what you choose to do, giving back this Thanksgiving is sure to make you feel good inside! 🙂

Thanksgiving is a time to come together with family and friends, but it can also be a time to reach out and help those who are less fortunate. By giving back this Thanksgiving, you can make the holiday season more meaningful for yourself and for others. Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s Fall already! How are your yearly KPIs going?

As we head into fall and the end of the year, it’s a good time to take a step back and evaluate how your KPIs are going. It can be easy to get bogged down in all of our day-to-day tasks, but monitoring progress on yearly goals is important for understanding where you need to put more focus during these last few months. This post will provide tips on how to check in with your KPIs throughout the year so that you know what needs improvement before it becomes too late!

If you’re like most companies, you’ve put the majority of your focus on monthly KPIs throughout the year. Now that fall has arrived, it’s a good opportunity to take a step back and reflect on how this year went for your business. 

One important thing is to really think about what happened in the past 12 months- did things go as planned? What worked well? What didn’t work so well? How can we improve going into next year? 

If you haven’t been doing these evaluations during the course of this year, now is a great time to start! It’ll help you figure out where to focus your energies to have the biggest impact in the year. If you have been doing these evaluations, then it’s a good time to take stock of what has happened this year and how it could affect next year. Do any problems that came up need immediate attention? How can we fix them before they become too big of an issue? 

Talk to your boss about where you stand with your KPIs. If there are any changes that need to be made, now is the time! It’s easy for your KPIs to slip down on a busy schedule and before you know it, next year has started and they’re still not done. This isn’t just about making sure we meet our goals; this is an opportunity to evaluate where we’ve been throughout the year and where we can go.

How to Bring the Fall Spirit into Your Office this Year

Fall has arrived! With leaves changing colors, pumpkin spice lattes coming out of the coffee shops, and Halloween decorations popping up in stores all around us, it’s easy to get excited about the season. But what about your office? One way to bring some fall spirit into your workplace is by adding a few simple changes. Check out these ways you can bring the fall spirit into your office:

1) Add seasonal touches like pumpkins or cornucopias on desks or around the office. These are easy things you can have your coworkers help with. Or, if there is a party at work for Halloween or Thanksgiving, consider having everyone bring in their own pumpkin to be put on display by the entrance so when they come into work it’s already decorated!

2) Hang that festive string of lights. You can get them with leaves, in yellows and browns or even pumpkin-shaped! There is a wide variety of fall-themed string lights at Amazon.

3) Put up a bulletin board with everyone’s favorite autumn activities written on it.  You can even ask your coworkers to send in their photos of what they love about the fall season. Have them write it down on a piece of paper, attach it with scotch tape and post it up!

4) Fill vases with dried leaves and flowers and place them around the office. Remember to keep in mind fall colors.

5) Play some music from Pandora and Spotify to get that autumnal vibe going.

6) If you’re looking for some fun activities at work during this time of year, here are just a few ideas:

  • You can schedule an afternoon outing to a local pumpkin patch and take some great office pictures! 
  • Give employees a Starbucks gift card (or to a local coffee shop) to get their pumpkin spice latte game on. You can also equip the office kitchen with pumpkin spice coffee and treats!

These are just some ideas to bring the fall spirit into your office. What else do you traditionally do in your office? Share your best Autumn decorating tips in the comments!

Employee Centricity: What It Means for Your Company

Employee centricity is a term that has been used recently in the workplace, but what does it mean? Employee centricity is the idea of focusing on employees and their needs to create an environment where they are productive. Employees want to feel valued by their employers. This means they need opportunities for growth, autonomy, and balanced work/life environments. When these things are achieved, you will have happy employees who enjoy coming to work every day!

Regardless of the size of your company, implementing a strategy to make employees happy and engaged can have a huge impact on your bottom line. The idea behind employee centricity is that every person in the company has an impact on profitability and success, so it’s important to invest in them. In this blog post, we will discuss what employee centricity means for companies, how to implement it into your organization, and why you should employee centricity is a term that has been used recently in the workplace, but what does it mean as a business owner or manager!

Employee centricity is the idea that every single person in your company has an impact on profitability and success. Employee engagement, or happiness, will improve when you take steps to provide a work environment where people are valued and they feel like their opinions matter. This can be done through things such as leveraging employee input during decision-making processes and conducting company-wide polls to gauge how employees feel in the workplace.

Additionally, it is important to be aware of your employee’s strengths and weaknesses. Know how they work best as an individual because this will help them feel less stressed about the work that they are doing, which can lead to increased productivity. 

Employee centricity is beneficial for both employers and employees alike. Successful companies know that their most valuable assets are the people that make things happen day in and day out. With that said, before your company can truly provide a good work-life balance for their employees, you need to know just what exactly employee centricity means. Employee centricity is all about being aware of the needs and interests of your workforce in order to create positive change within the organization.

Here are some resources to transform your organization into an employee-centric one:

 

Building a better school year: How to Support Working Parents

It’s that time of year again. Kids are heading back to school, and parents are returning to the office after a long summer break. For many working parents, it can be really tough to find the balance between work and family life during this busy time. Here are some ways that you as an employer can support working parents during back-to-school season:

1) Offer flexible hours scheduling so parents don’t have to choose between their job or staying home with sick children. Especially now that we are living in a time where Covid can strike at any time, it’s especially important for working parents to have the ability to stay home with kids if they are under the weather.  

2) Provide access to childcare for employees who need child care while they’re at work.  This is especially important for single parents who may have to work during school hours, but are unable to provide child care themselves. 

3) Paid emergency leave -Employers should consider offering paid emergency leave so that working parents don’t need to choose between their job or providing support in case of emergencies at home. This provides security and peace of mind to working parents that might need some extra time during these difficult times. Let employees take additional paid days off if they’re needed because of an emergency situation with their child.

4) Get them gift cards! Offer some help with back-to-school basics with a gift card from Target or Walmart. Parents have a lot of extra expenses during back to school and this simple gesture will make them feel like you have their back.

5) Take into account school hours. Have an early morning meeting and a room full of working parents? Could you move the meeting up 30 mins to give them a chance to walk into the office and settle in before running to the conference room?

These are just some tips you could implement in the office to support working parents. What other initiatives does your company have? Share in the comments!

Back to School Tips for Parents

Parents, you have a busy year ahead of you! Not only do you have to prepare for the new school year and all that entails but it’s also time to plan your fall schedule. Back to school is an exciting time for kids and parents alike. For many families, it also means a lot more stress during the day to accommodate work schedules with school routines. Here are some back-to-school tips that will help get your whole family ready for a great school year:

1) Make sure your child is up to date with their vaccinations so they can attend school. You might also need a booster shot for some of these vaccines, so make sure to talk with your doctor about what you need.

2) Create an emergency contact list in case something happens during the day. List any relatives, friends, neighbors that could help you in an emergency.

3) Find out what kind of accommodations might be available for children who need them so you know where to go if there is ever an issue. In addition, if there are any changes related to childcare or after-school care arrangements, talk with your new employer about these needs as soon

4) Get organized! Make sure everything (clothes, supplies, etc.) is ready to go before the day starts so there are no distractions. You might need to make a last-minute school supply run after work, or even better, Amazon!

5) Create a schedule that takes into account your responsibilities as a parent. Consider the hours of daycare, after-school activity and evening work commitments when drawing up a schedule for each member of the family.

6) See if you can accommodate your work schedule to that of your child’s school day. Maybe your boss is willing to let you come in an hour early to accommodate for the afternoon pick up. If you can’t, make sure there are at least two adults available for pick-up and drop-off at each location.

Employee Rewards & Recognition Help You Motivate Your Employees

Employee recognition and rewards are a great way to show your employees how much you care. When done properly, they can be an excellent incentive for high performance. But before you are handing out gifts or bonuses when someone has gone above and beyond the call of duty, here are 5 things that you need to know:

1) Make sure that everyone knows what’s expected

2) Encourage participation from all levels

3) Provide measurable feedback on success (i.e., “You have exceeded expectations!” vs “Good job!”)

4) Set clear goals with deadlines and targets based on company standards

5) Provide feedback on a timely basis

Employee rewards and recognition programs are important because they not only provide an incentive for high performance but also help your employees feel connected to the work that they do. When people don’t have any sense of autonomy or purpose in their day-to-day work,  they are less likely to be motivated and more likely to look for ways out. In order to help create the right environment, you need a rewards system that recognizes both individual successes as well as team achievements.

Employee recognition should be an ingrained practice in the workplace.

– It should be public and specific: recognizing someone’s efforts with a pat on the back or word of praise can go so much further than just privately acknowledging that they did well,  it has to happen consistently if you want people to continue performing at their best.

– Recognition needs to be as diverse as your employees are. A millennial will not have the same “I’m happy to be recognized” reaction as someone who has been around for 35 years, so the rewards and recognition should reflect that.

– Recognize accomplishments with tangible prizes: not just praise or a pat on the back – reward employees by giving them something they can physically take home or put on their desk in order to remind themselves of their accomplishment.

At the end of the day  anyone can do their job, but it takes someone special to want to go the extra mile. It’s not easy asking an employee for more when they’re already doing great work. So instead of telling them what you need from them, tell them how much you appreciate everything they’ve done so far and let that motivate them to keep going strong.