Holiday Season: Human Connection and Workspace Décor
With Halloween having just passed and the December holiday season right around the corner, we thought we would share our favourite tips for workspace decorating and gifts for the holidays. At A1 Office we celebrate workspaces that embrace the holiday spirit and foster human connection. However, there can be issues that arise if a business doesn’t fully consider their holiday aesthetic or intentions. No matter what time of the year it is, your workspace represents who you are as a business and it is the physical embodiment of your company culture. So while we enter the season of celebrations and human connection, it’s worth being mindful of how to tread lightly and with meaning during this festive season.
The fact that Australia is a diverse nation with many cultures means December and January offer a range of interesting celebrations and traditions. To name a few holidays celebrated during this time we have Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Diwali, New Years Day and Chinese New Year. Given your space is a celebration of company culture, decorating the space to reflect all celebrations of those within the office is a good way to go. A simple gesture is enough, you can ask every employee to bring a trinket that represents their favourite holiday celebration. Do some research and acknowledge different holidays in staff updates, or have some fun with a morning tea and ask everyone to bring a plate from their favourite festive celebration.
That human touch
At A1 Office we consider the December holiday season as a chance to connect with others, and to look outside yourself and contribute to the community around you. Below is a reminder of some good you can do this season:
- In the wake of COVID-19, many small businesses have lost revenue. Shop local and ditch the big online shopping retailers this holiday season.
- Donate money or your time to local charities, some seasonal charities include Basket Brigade or Sacred Heart Mission
- The holidays can be a sad time for some, particularly with the pandemic halting travel and creating financial strain. Make sure to check on your employee wellbeing and those around you. Reach out to friends and family to wish them well and check-in.
- Go Green – think of the environment this holiday season when choosing decor and presents.
We’re dreaming of a sustainable holiday
When we think of the December holiday season we think of magical, whimsical and wonderful moments with friends and family. Often we forget that it is full of unnecessary packaging, wasted food and unwanted presents. While December is the most festive time of the year, it is also the most wasteful.
We recommend reducing your environmental impact with these few tips:
- Ditch the plastic tree that will one day end up in landfill and opt for a real biodegradable tree.
- For secret Santa or other gifting traditions give experiences or donations, as they aren’t tangible things that will go to waste.
- Buy recyclable wrapping paper or use newspapers to wrap gifts.
- Reduce food waste.
- Ditch plastic plates, cups, cutlery, straws and choose more sustainable, reusable materials.
When decorating for the holidays it is easy to go cheap and dispensable with your decorations, yet there’s a sheer amount of waste when people throw away their on-trend seasonal decor pieces. We recommend quality timeless pieces that can be reused or donated to charity. A workspace capsule holiday collection of decorative pieces stored well in quality containers not only saves the environment but also management’s time.
While none of us know what the future holds, we know human connection is important. We know an inclusive and supportive workspace is critical. If you wish to rethink your workspace in line with employee health, company culture and sustainability – contact us today.