Though Thanksgiving is meant to be celebrated with family and those close to you, there is no rule that says you can’t get into the Thanksgiving spirit in the workplace. While you don’t have to invite all of your coworkers to your family dinner on the holiday, you can acknowledge the spirit of Thanksgiving in your professional setting. Get some tips on how to celebrate with our office Thanksgiving ideas below.
Have a Thanksgiving “dinner” right there in your office – at lunch. Plan a day, preferably the week of Thanksgiving or the week before, to have an office lunch potluck. You can have every person in the office bring something in, whether it be an appetizer, a main dish, a dessert, or even plates and napkins. To keep track of what your colleagues are bringing and to make sure all needs are covered, create a shared Google Document and have each person write what they are bringing. You can even have pre-written dishes you need on said document and have people sign up for them. Make sure you give your employees at least a two-week heads up so that they can plan accordingly (and make sure to not bring lunch that day). Also, as a holiday treat, set aside 1.5-2 hours for said luncheon, so everyone can take a break, relax, and enjoy themselves in the middle of a stressful work day.
Giving Thanks Ceremony
Of course it’s fun to just eat and socialize with your colleagues about things other than work, but it’s also important to acknowledge the meaning of Thanksgiving – which is very literally giving thanks. As your Thanksgiving potluck is winding down, announce that you will be doing a short, simple giving thanks ceremony. Go around the room and have each person say one thing they are thankful for professionally, and one thing they are thankful for personally. At the end, have every person write a note with what they hope they have achieved or obtained by next Thanksgiving. Have each person write their name on their wishes, collect them, and keep them stowed away until next year’s Thanksgiving lunch. Bringing back and showing people their wishes from the year before can be a fun and reflective activity.
Plan a Gift Exchange
Thanksgiving marks the true beginning of the holiday season. Get into the spirit and ahead of the game by setting up your company’s holiday gift exchange at the Thanksgiving celebration. This is ideal because you already have everyone together in one setting and it gives people ample time to think of and obtain their gifts. There are many ways to do a gift exchange, from a traditional Secret Santa to a fun and quirky White Elephant. You can even have your colleagues vote on the parameters of the gift exchange, such as which type and what the budget is.
Do you have your own office Thanksgiving ideas? Share and discuss in the comments!