Not every business closes for July 4th, even though this is an important national holiday. If you’re open and have employees working, you might want to consider treating them to some fun on this holiday. Not only will it help improve their moral, it can also improve employee engagement and team building skills.
Here are 5 simple ways businesses can have fun on the 4th of July.
Have a Potluck Party
You can never go wrong celebrating with food, especially on July 4th. To ensure that everyone is in a festive atmosphere encourage them to bring a red, white or blue dish. Hanging a signup sheet for employees to mark whether they are bringing an appetizer, side dish, dessert or entrée will ensure that you have a complete potluck meal with plenty of choices.
Don’t Forget to Decorate
It’s hard to get employees in a festive mood if there aren’t any decorations. They are already missing the festivities with friends and family for work, so a few balloons or banners will go a long way towards improving employee morale. Some companies also hand out colorful bead necklaces and other party favors to get everyone in a celebratory mood.
Play Fun Games
There is no better way for employees to relax and get to know each other than through fun games, and the 4th of July is the perfect time to put some of these into play. Some ideas for fun and successful games at work including scavenger hunts, sidewalk chalk drawing contests, 20 questions or even I SPY.
The break room or an unused office can be set up as the game room, where employees can meet on their free time. You might want to consider scheduling extra break time in to keep the festive mood throughout the day.
Put on a Show
Encourage employees that know that they are going to be working to come up with ideas for short skits or talent show acts. Employers can also arrange for a show to be put on for employees. Whether it is a movie or an employee show the goal is for everyone to participate and have fun.
Be Sure to Make It Special
Regardless of what you do for your employees to celebrate America’s Independence Day, it is important to remember to make it fun. Your staff is already working on a major holiday, the last thing an employer wants to do is make the situation even more miserable.
Some other ideas to consider, along with the celebration is to write a brief personal “thank you” to every employee that comes in this day. Not only will this show your appreciation, it might even encourage them to work next year. That will be one less position you need to fill on the schedule next July 4th.
It only takes a little bit of creativity to create a fun and festive atmosphere at work on July 4th, and maybe no one will remember that they are at work on this holiday.