“It’s the most stressful time of the year.” From office parties to family commitments, shopping to endless to-do lists, it can be a busy time of year.

We share some ideas to get in the holiday spirit at work with healthier twists on holiday events, and tips to help you stay balanced throughout th holiday season at work. 

Get in the Holiday Spirit

Potluck Challenge

Instead of just hosting a regular potluck, set some parameters and have employees contribute items around a specific theme. Choose a new international cuisine that isn’t as familiar, or challenge employees to cook around a specific diet, such as vegetarian or dairy-free.

Break for a Relax and Unwind Session

If you don’t have time to leave the office for a company gathering, host a relax and unwind session on-site. Hire a local massage therapist and create a schedule of 10-minute time blocks for employees to sign up for massages.

Tacky Sweater Day

Tacky sweaters, ugly sweaters… it doesn’t matter what you call it, these sweaters are one of the sure-fire ways to get anyone in the holiday spirit. Carve out a few hours of the day for employees to gather together and decorate their own sweaters. You supply the crafts, such as pom poms, bells, ribbons, etc, and they supply the sweater. It’ll harness their creative side, and they may even go back to their desk inspired.

Host Wellness Workshops

Make wellness easier than ever for your employees, especially during the holidays. Host wellness workshops that focus on decreasing stress such as an essential oil making station. Provide essential oils and a cheat sheet for everyone to make their own blends. It could make a good gift for them to give too.

And if you’re looking for other ways your company can give back this holiday season, check out these ideas.


Stick With Your Routine

The holidays are crazy, there’s no doubt about that. While your schedule is likely more packed than usual and your to-do list is a little longer, you can still find balance. Stick with your regular routine as much as possible – that means going to bed and waking up at the same time. Try to also eat meals at the same times as you usually do.

Indulge a Little

You heard that right. It’s okay to partake in sweets during the holidays, as long as it doesn’t become a regular habit. When confronted with a table of treats, you can still choose the lesser of two evils, such as dark chocolates or cookies made with nuts or whole wheat flour.

Take Time Off

While many companies are closed on the major December holidays, extend your days off longer. If you have a family, make a point to connect with your kids while they’re out of school and you’re off work. If you’re single, plan a weekend getaway or connect with those friends that you often don’t see because of conflicting work schedules.

Plan for the New Year

A new billing cycle for health insurance starts in the new year, and with that is another chance for employees to take ahead of biometric screenings. Plan ahead and share dates for upcoming biometric screenings so that employees can get a date on their calendar before meetings get booked. Incentivize those who register early with a gift card or the option to leave a little early from work.


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