Halloween is one of those bizarre days that isn’t a national holiday, but certainly feels like it to employees across America. In general, employees are less motivated to work hard all day and would prefer to swap stories about their plans that night.
So while you will have to accept that a little less work is going to be done on Halloween, there are also plenty of ways to improve morale, focus your employees, and not completely write off the day.
1. Let your employees dress up
For one day, let your employees ditch their regular work clothes and come to work in a costume of their choice. Stress that it must be workplace appropriate and give specific guidelines so you don’t run into any problems. But letting your employees show off their Ghostbusters uniform or their Doctor Who-inspired dress for one day out of the year shows that you care about their interests.
If time or interest permits, consider taking some time out of the day for costume contest. The winner can be rewarded with a gift card to a local restaurant or an afternoon off.
2. Go and volunteer
If your coworkers are going to be a little antsy, you might as well pour all that energy into some volunteering. Contact a local charity, soup kitchen, or animal shelter to see if you and some of your employees can volunteer for the day. It feels great to give back to your community and it makes for some fantastic cause marketing.
3. Plan a few Halloween-themed games and activities
Increase your office morale and offer your employees a couple of ways to express their Halloween spirit. Games and activities are a great choice because they are easy to set up and only take about 30-60 minutes to complete.
Try out one of these:
- Office decorating contest: spookiest set-up wins
- Guess how many candy corn pieces are in a jar
- Buy pumpkins and let employees carve them
- Play the mummy wrap game with toilet paper or streamers
- One of these other fun games and activities
4. Throw an office party
Have a party for all of your employees at the end of the day. Consider taking the last hour out of the work day and extending the party into the night.
If tight on cash, have the party at your office. But if you happen to have a little extra money, or your employees don’t mind pitching in a couple bucks, look into having it off site. Depending on where you go, your catering, drinks, and cleanup will all be taken care of by someone who’s not you.
Try local bars, game places like Dave & Busters, or like QLP did a few years ago, rent out part of a sports and entertainment complex. Giving employees a chance to kick back and socialize with their fellow coworkers strengthens relationships and renews excitement about their jobs.
Allowing a little fun on Halloween will help focus motivation during the rest of the day. Also, your employees will appreciate having the break from their daily tasks. Having a bit of a break before delving into the last two months of the year can do wonders for end-of-the-year productivity.
Have you tried any games, activities, or celebrations like this at your office? Any that should be added to the list?