The holiday season often brings a mix of emotions for many people. Some are overjoyed with the season and find it a perfect time to discuss their faith, while others feel less enthralled with this time of year and prefer to keep quiet. Some of the most popular holidays celebrated in December include:
- Boxing Day
1. Keep decorations neutral
With the various holidays being celebrated, it's important to keep decorations neutral. If you have a small business, it's more likely you may know the beliefs of your employees. If this is the case, feel free to decorate according to the holiday that all employees celebrate. However, this often isn't the case within large companies, and it's much more difficult to know what every employee celebrates. We recommend:
- Not decorating
- Keeping the decorations neutral
- Allowing each employee to decorate their space with their respective celebrated holiday
2. Send out inclusive holiday cards
Are you thinking about sending out holiday cards? Well, we recommend that you do just that – holiday cards. You may be inclined to send cards that say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hanukkah", but we suggest you stick with the all-inclusive, "Happy Holidays" or "Season Greetings". If you know the recipient on a personal level, feel free to send a card that represents the holiday they celebrate, otherwise, it's a good idea to play it safe.
3. Holiday party vs. Christmas party
This is another tip for proper verbiage, but communication is everything in the workplace. Instead of referring to your party as a "Christmas party", maybe call it a "holiday party" or an "end-of-the year party". This may also increase attendance as employees not celebrating Christmas are more likely to attend a party that isn't labeled.
4. Required attendance
Speaking of holiday parties, we recommend you don't require attendance, especially for parties taking place after hours. Some of your employees may not celebrate popular year-end holidays and required attendance can create issues. If it's important to you to celebrate the holiday season with your employees, make sure it's an event that is inclusive and fun for all.
5. Diverse party planners
It may be wise to consider choosing a party-planning committee that represents a wide variety of beliefs. This can help make the party more diverse as well as represent many religions and traditions. You may not quite be able to capture every belief, but it's important to put effort into trying to create an environment that welcomes everyone. If this doesn't seem possible within your company, maybe plan a year-end celebration dinner!
It all comes down to your best judgment. If you feel your employees would all enjoy Christmas celebrations – go for it! Knowing your company culture is the most important part of deciding how you want to celebrate this time of year – and no one knows your business better than you do.