Deck the halls!
After working hard since January, for many businesses the Christmas party is the perfect way to celebrate the end of the year. At Sage One we’ve found that almost half (45%) of UK small businesses will be letting their hair down with a festive party to reward their staff (and themselves!) for all the hard work everyone has done this year.
The next most popular item on the staff Christmas wish list was Christmas lights and window displays. Sage found that 39 per cent of small businesses will be brightening up their offices with lights, tinsel and other festive decorations and 28 per cent will be serving up mince pies and mulled wine as festive treats for their employees too.
It’s not all festive cheer though
Despite all of this festive cheer spreading across the country not everyone is getting involved. We found that 23 per cent of small businesses have revealed they won’t be doing anything at all this year for Christmas at the office, Bah humbug indeed!
But why is it important to embrace the festive spirit?
Well, the end of the year is a time to reward staff for their commitment and hard work. It’s an opportunity to celebrate collective successes across the business and look forward to the year ahead. Having these celebrations will also give staff something to look back on as a motivator when dealing with high work levels in the year to come. This will giving them that extra morale boost that can play a crucial role down the line.
Celebrations don’t have to break the bank
If having a Christmas party or catering for your staff is too much of a stretch on the budget, there are other ways of spreading the Christmas joy. Other popular festive celebrations involve heading home early (26%), taking part in an office secret Santa (20%) or simply singing along to Christmas classics like Wham and Slade (16%) to get staff in the festive spirit. Companies like Spotify usually do festive deals or, if you fancy yourself as the office DJ, you can create free playlists on video sites like YouTube.
No need to be lonely this Christmas
If you’re a solopreneur, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate your business successes. Use Christmas as a time to gather together your entrepreneur friends and expand your network during the social season. Equally, if you provide a service such as running a pub, spread joy to your customers – add some tinsel and turn up the Christmas tunes!
Remember that Christmas is also a time for reflection. Take a moment to consider what has happened over the course of the year – the brilliant but also the more challenging moments – and set targets for what you want to achieve in 2016. This will help you get into the right mind-set for the new working year.