As the holiday season draws near, the opportunity to infuse your workplace with the warmth and magic of Christmas decorations presents itself. Beyond mere festive adornment, strategically decorating your office space offers a multitude of advantages. From boosting employee morale to creating a more inviting atmosphere for clients and visitors, these decorations can play a pivotal role in enhancing both the spirit and productivity of your workplace.
We know it’s tempting not to make much of an effort when you work in an office setting where very few — if any — outside guests come in. Still, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do something just for your employees and thank them for another year of hard work.
Many corporate offices in the United States have their own sets of holiday decorations. From traditional to fancy to super cheesy, it’s always fun for everyone to see them go up each season. And while no one really enjoys working around holiday time, these decorations can be an essential and beneficial tradition for even the smallest workplace.
Boost Company Morale the Festive Way
We know it’s tough to work when the holidays are approaching. Your mind is elsewhere, and you would rather be at home relaxing than behind a desk. But you would be amazed at how much the right decorations can brighten up your office.
A recent study by the Journal of Marketing detailed how a physical environment can affect everyone’s behaviors and emotions. That means your employees will be much more excited to come into the office when those decorations go up. They feel happier and more focused throughout the day and, as a result, are more likely to get work done.
It’s Good for Everyone’s Happiness and Wellbeing
No matter where you work or what the season is, we generally prefer coming to a happy and pleasant office space. Moreso, we’ve found that employees in decorated workplaces are usually happier throughout the day. The Journal of Environmental Psychology even suggests putting them up earlier, as it boosts dopamine and brings up a warm sense of nostalgia.
Not to mention that being happy has other workplace benefits…
You’ll Notice a Sudden Increase in Productivity
Some bosses, and even some employees, think of holiday decorations as nothing more than a big distraction. However, a recent study for the Journal of Labour Economics has proven otherwise. For example, when Google put more resources into employee support and satisfaction, productivity rose by 37 percent.
Now, we’re not suggesting that Christmas decorations will solve everything. Still, they will be an excellent first step toward showing your appreciation. We even suggest letting them personalize their spaces for good measure, but we can discuss that later.
Decorations Improve Employee Satisfaction
The Journal of Environmental Psychology agrees that workplace decorations can help increase employee job satisfaction and reduce stress levels. Not only do you get to end this year in a fun and festive way. But you also ensure everyone looks forward to another happy and productive year with your company.
And with all of these decorations around, why not take it further and have daily or weekly events? Your employees will love having Secret Santas, baking contests, or even countdowns to Christmas Eve. This way, they’ll really look forward to work and won’t feel like they’re missing out on the holidays.
Inspire Word-Of-Mouth Promotion For Your Business
For the business-minded, office decorations can be a great way to market your company. After all, the Journal of Service Management stresses that holiday decor makes current and potential customers see things differently. So why not take some photos and post them on your company’s LinkedIn or Facebook accounts?
People love taking behind-the-scenes looks at their favorite companies; these photos can give them a taste of your office culture. Not to mention, it’s a great way to draw more people in and help them learn more about what you do. And they are sure to keep you in mind the next time they need your services.
Holiday Decor Creates A Welcoming Environment to Bring Everyone Together
Not only does holiday decor help turn a workspace into a more comfortable atmosphere, the act of decorating can also help bring employees together. So, when it comes time to finally decorate the office, why not make it a team-building exercise?
The American Psychological Association states that decorating can build trust, make everyone feel included, and help you understand how your employees work. Let them work together as they hang lights, set up the company tree, and find the perfect spots for those oversized snowflakes. You could even let them bring in a favorite decoration from home and turn it into a contest with fun prizes. Of course, you can always have a professional crew decorate for you, but your employees can still add the finishing touches to make it their own.
And when they’re finally done, make things even better by hosting a small in-office party towards the end of the day. Bring out festive snacks and drinks, provide lots of photo ops, and let them know for sure that Christmastime is finally here.
Speaking of employee decorating…
Give Your Employees a Chance to Express Themselves
Remember that your employees can also decorate their desk spaces. In fact, the Journal for Environmental Psychology even recommends it. According to a 2013, personalized workspaces can reduce overall stress, enhance focus, and even increase feelings of ownership.
Encourage your employees to bring in a small wreath, a string of lights, or some cute figurines from home to help brighten their day. If space allows, let them include a small desk tree — be it traditional or the Charlie Brown kind. And since this is the season of giving, they can even display some of their co-worker’s holiday cards.
It’s an exciting time of year, so why not make the office a little more merry and bright for everyone?
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is professional Christmas decorating and how do I choose a partner?
You may be surprised to learn that there is an entire industry of professional Christmas decorators across the globe. However, not all holiday decorators are equal. When considering a professional holiday display partner, you want to make sure the company has access to a wide range of products to help you achieve your desired look while integrating seamlessly into your existing decor. After all, your office wasn’t built specifically to showcase Christmas Decor which makes having a competent, experienced Christmas design partner to maximize its impact all the more important.
As the modern professional Christmas decorators, Rent-A-Christmas has experienced Christmas Display Designers on staff who will help you navigate the thousands of commercial products that are available in market. What's more, Rent-A-Christmas Display Designers and Account Executives know exactly what it takes to create the perfect holiday display for your town or city. To cap it all off, we employ modern technology and tools to help our project managers, site engineers, and installers execute your display to perfection. After the season ends, we take it all down and store it in our professionally-maintained storage facilities to make sure your display looks great year-over-year.
How much should I spend on a holiday display?
This is somewhat of a tricky question as it depends greatly on the type of business you operate and the amount of space you have to decorate. For a moderate professional holiday display, you can expect to spend at least $10,000, inclusive of decor and professional installation. Some businesses opt to spend even more, with some displays costing north of $50,000. While you might have some sticker shock - you can expect a return on this investment from a variety of decorating benefits.
When should I start planning my Christmas display?
Another tricky question but the best advice we can offer is to start planning your holiday display as early in the year as possible. Many Rent-A-Christmas clients begin planning their displays in Q1 and Q2 as it can take 3-6 months to plan the perfect display, but if you are late to the game, we can always create a smaller display for year 1 and expand on it for later years. We know you don't run your company thinking only about Christmas, but have no fear - we do!
How do I get started with my professional holiday display?
This is an easy one! Just get in touch with Rent-A-Christmas and we can begin brainstorming ideas to help you maximize your holiday impact. We can even help promote your holiday display by creating content to drive even more traffic to your business on The Yule Blog - the world's most comprehensive Christmas blog - for free! Yeah, we do that.