Posted on 20/12/2016

5 reasons why workplaces should go all out at Christmas

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5 reasons why workplaces should go all out at Christmas

'Tis the season to be jolly! So here are 5 reasons why investing in the festive season can pay off big time for a number of workplaces - no matter what industry you're in.

1. The spirit of the season is infectious

Having your business join together for a charitable cause not only puts everyone in a good mood it also encapsulates the spirit of the season. This year, we paid £2 each to wear a festive sweater and raise money for Christmas Jumper Day 2016 in aid of Save the Children UK.

Xmas Jumper Day - Lex
Christmas Jumper Day at NRS Head Office

Additionally, we hosted a competition for best dressed and had our CEO judge all the entrants at lunchtime – enabling colleagues to bond with other teams and executives they may not see on a regular basis. The hands-down winner was Sharni, who dressed herself up as Chrsitmas dinner to land herself a prize hamper. Even though she was “roasting” by the end of the day...

Sharni Xmas Turkey
Sharni gobbles up the competition with her Turkey outfit

Sharni and Jerry
Our CEO, Jerry, presents Sharni with her prize

Sharni - WINNER
Sharni is flying high as she raises her prize hamper!

2. Create stronger bonds between team members

With everyone trying to hit targets throughout the year, it’s easy to get lost in your work and lose focus in creating strong working releationships. Even something simple like a team Christmas lunch can give colleagues the chance to get to know each other better in a relaxed environment and therefore build firmer bonds which will aid a smoother working process.

We even added a “Secret Santa” mission to the mix this year for an extra bit of festive fun!

Xmas Lunch Team Digital
Team Digital enjoy their Secret Santa Christmas lunch

3. The perfect time to appreciate your workforce

We all know Christmas is a time for giving, so why not give a confidence boost to colleagues who have performed superbly this year by acknowledging their efforts?

We hosted our Pride of NRS awards during our annual Christmas party this year and paid tribute to several people who have gone above and beyond their duties during the past 12 months. Just a small amount of appreciation can make a big difference – which you can clearly see below!

Emma award
Finance Director, John Makin, congratulates Emma with a hug

Rachel and Sharon hugging
Sharon thanks our Clinical Lead, Rachel for nominating her to receive an award

Sharon and Emma
Sharon and Emma pose proudly with their certificates

4. Bring teams across the business together

Some people find it awkward to approach members of a different team at work, particularly if they’re new. So hosting a work Christmas party gives everyone the opportunity to get to know others in a fun and informal way – new starters will appreciate this more than most.

Our theme for this year’s Christmas party was 70’s and 80’s, with lots of people choosing to dress as their favourite band from that period – including Bananarama and Run DMC! We also had a photobooth to encourage everyone to let their hair down and mingle with colleagues they may not see on a daily basis. Even the Directors got involved!

Bananarama
Sharon, Rachel and Helen present....Bananarama!

Jen, John, Lex, Jack, Jacquie 2
Finance Director, John (second from left) poses with Jen, Lex, Jack and Jackie

Will and Amy
Will and Amy - you've been framed!

Run DMC
Kevin, Ravi and Yasser (AKA Run DMC) WON our fancy dress competition

Matt Spooner and his minions
Bid Director, Matt Spooner, and his minions

Lex and Rachel
Lex and our Receptionist, Rachel, strike a pose

5. Give colleagues a common topic to connect over

Everyone leaves the Christmas party with a few tales to tell and if you’re only going to have one office party a year, why not make it a night to remember?!

Leading by example is an important part of any successful business, so stride ahead in letting your teams know it’s ok to let loose after working hard all year. The stories told and laughs shared will last long after the party stops and create a much happier, productive working environment.

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