Everywhere you look, holiday decorations are already appearing. Christmas trees are cropping up in stores and in city squares; wreaths are being placed on doors and walls; dazzling holiday lights are going up anywhere they can be hung.
At this time of year, many companies want to bring the holiday cheer into their offices as well. If this is the case for you and your organization, feel free to deck the halls and cubicles — but remember to keep your office looking professional throughout the festivities as well. This post outlines a few suggestions for a tasteful, efficient, and joyful season of holiday decorating at the office.
- Simple and Tasteful Decorations
In an office that maintains a polished and professional look throughout the year, it may be jarring for staff, clients, or visitors to meet with over-the-top Christmas decorations when they enter your lobby.
Ensure that the holiday decorations chosen for your office reflect the image of the company and its spaces. Whether your company’s brand and aesthetics are clean and simple, colourful and creative, or neutral and natural, start with the company brand as a guideline for holiday decorations. As a rule of thumb, toned-down and natural decorations generally look more professional than bright and excessive holiday lights or oversized figurines.
- Which Holidays to Acknowledge?
Especially in an office that is open to the public, non-denominational winter decorations are likely your safest bet. Yet if you would like to feature decorations that are explicitly affiliated with Christmas, also consider the backgrounds and traditions of other staff members, clients, partners, or frequent visitors to your office. They might expect to see representations of winter holidays that they celebrate as well.
- Artificial versus Natural Decorations
Little is more festive than rich winter greenery and the sharp scent of fir or pine. However, using real plants (such as fir wreaths, garlands, and trees or potted poinsettias) can prove difficult to care for. Set-up, maintenance, and removal of natural decorations often require much more effort to keep clean and healthy than their faux counterparts.
If you are hiring an external service to supply and manage your holiday decorations throughout the season, natural decorations are a fine option. Yet if you have to balance your full-time work with the extra task of decorating the office, stick to fake greenery.
- Timing is Everything
Avoid holiday spirit overload by timing decorations appropriately. If you follow the lead of many stores by bringing out Christmas cheer immediately after Halloween, colleagues may feel hesitant to embrace the season.
Similarly, do not wait until February to take down decorations. The New Year is a time for new beginnings: signify this with a fresh, clean office free of stale decorations.