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Boosting Employee Engagement Over The Holidays

Entripy employees wearing christmas sweaters for ugly sweater contest.

‘Tis the season for a merry workplace. The holidays are the time of year to bring joy, warmth and cheer into your office, reward employees for a job well done and boost team morale. Celebrating the holidays with employees doesn’t have to mean throwing an extravagant party. A few small simple gestures can make the office more festive.

Here are some of the ways Entripy celebrates the holidays with staff.

Create a Festive Atmosphere

What would the holiday season be without lights, garland and bows? Some simple decorations can spruce up even the most drab office and instantly inject holiday cheer. Decorating the office for the holidays creates a fun and warm atmosphere not only for employees, but for clients and customers, too.

Why not allow employees to put their own festive touches on their office space? Entripy’s IT department got into the holiday spirit and decorated their space like Santa’s Village, complete with stockings and elves.

Host a Holiday Cookie Exchange

Everyone loves to indulge over the holiday season. A cookie exchange is a great way to send staff into a sugar coma, but it’s also a chance for the bakers in your company to shine! Ask all your bakers to bring in their homemade goodies, label their tray with their name and ask everyone (bakers and eaters) to vote on the best cookie. Entripy’s holiday cookie exchange is a huge hit!

Entripy's baking cookie contest with festive goods for all employees.

Show Brand Pride

Handing out custom sweatshirts or embroidered toques branded with your company logo is a great way to encourage employees to show brand pride while keeping warm at the same time. Custom apparel makes a great holiday gift and is not only a way to foster company pride, but encourages employees to show team spirit by wearing their corporate brand apparel at work.

Encourage Giving Back

‘Tis the season to be charitable. Choose a charity everyone can rally behind and allow employees to tap into their festive spirit and spread good will to those in need. For the past several years, Entripy has partnered with Toys for Tots, a charity that provides toys to underprivileged families.

Just remember, not everyone may support your charity of choice. It’s important that everyone knows they are not required to donate or participate.

Secret Santa Gift Exchange

A Secret Santa, or Kris Kringle, is a fun way to encourage employee bonding. Everyone who wants to participate draws a name at random and purchases a gift for that person. When done across departments, the office Secret Santa can be a great way to foster unlikely connections, especially when participants have to find a gift for someone they may not regularly interact with.

Charity Toys For Tots is the organization Entripy has collected toys for.
Employees wearing christmas sweaters for the ugly sweater contest.

Ugly Sweater Contest

This classic contest is loved by everyone and is sure to rouse some jolly laughter. Whether homemade or store bought, ugly Christmas sweaters are a great way for employees to show some creativity and fun over the holidays. Think the ugly sweater contest is overdone? Why not try a holiday custom t-shirt contest? Create your own custom holiday designs, ask everyone to vote on the best one and get the winning design screen-printed onto t-shirts for everyone to wear!

Display Holiday Cards

Does your office receive tons of holiday cards from clients sending you some holiday cheer? Why not share the joy with all your staff? Decorate the office with holiday cards and show employees that their hard work is paying off with satisfied customers.

The Annual Holiday Party

Arguably the most anticipated event of the year, the Entripy holiday party is a chance for everyone to put away our t-shirts and dress up. Getting together outside the office is a great way to boost team morale. After all, who doesn’t love great food, music and laughter with colleagues? The annual holiday party is always met with anticipation and is talked about for weeks afterwards.