Holidays at the Office
With Christmas coming up, holiday cheer is everywhere. Restaurants, stores, and airports are all playing Christmas music. Every weekend and most weekday nights are going to be occupied by one holiday party or another. It is important to make sure that this holiday spirit extends to the workplace. Here are some ways to bring the best of holiday cheer to the office in eco-friendly ways.
The Office Party
The office party is a chance for employees to get to know each other outside of work. People have a chance to mingle, make small talk, and have some food and drink provided by the company. It can be a great time of bonding and fellowship.
Like any gathering of people, office parties can lead to unnecessary waste. Luckily, there are a lot of small steps that can be taken to reduce this waste.
• Use reusable cloth napkins instead of disposable paper ones.
• Rent reusable party dishes and supplies from your local party rental company.
• Place plenty of easily identifiable recycling and compost bins around the room.
• Point out ways your company is practicing waste reduction and spread the word.
• If you want to go disposable to avoid wasting dishwater, use biodegradable dishes.
• Send leftover food to a local shelter.
Everyone enjoys a reminder that they are appreciated around the holidays. Sending out holiday greetings cards to your employees can be a great morale booster. Instead of the traditional card that requires paper for both the card and envelope, consider sending Christmas eCards. This saves time and paper, and allows you to customize the message in whatever way you please.
The office gift exchange can be a wonderful thing. You have a chance to show your coworkers that you appreciate them. There are a lot of different ways to make the office gift exchange earth-friendly. First, you can cut down on everyone’s costs by doing a secret Santa or department gift swap. That way, people can focus on getting one nice gift instead of a bunch of mediocre ones.
Encourage employees to get reusable gifts such as water bottles, tote bags, and other items that have practical uses. Remind them to use reusable gift bags or non-traditional wrapping methods such as fabric, comic pages, and more.
Instead of a gift exchange, host an office charity project, where all can give to a local family in need, or give time to a soup kitchen. That can be a bonding experience in itself.
There are a lot of ways to minimize the environmental impact of your holiday office party while maximizing the great times people have. Take these ideas and come up with your own and make it an eco-friendly Christmas at the office!