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Celebrating Thanksgiving At Work

Here’s an uncomfortable truth. Most companies don’t do the Thanksgiving Celebration At Work thing very well. Rather than being a time of coming together in friendship, fellowship and family, most corporate Thanksgiving celebrations are looked upon with at least some amount of dread. They’re stiff. They’re usually not very much fun, and they’re so structured that all the joy winds up getting sucked out of the day.

If you’re looking for ways to change that, we’ve got you covered. Check out the ideas just below!

Focus On Giving Back

Rather than having a traditional workplace Thanksgiving lunch or dinner with people having to eat in shifts, why not close the office for the day and go out and volunteer? There are few better ways to show thanks and give back than this.

You and your employees or colleagues could arrange to host a dinner for the folks at the soup kitchen or homeless shelter nearest you. Spend some money decorating those humble surroundings and treat the less fortunate to an unforgettable meal with attentive, tableside service. It’s a fun and inspiring way to give something back to the community you live and work in.

A Classic Pot Luck, With A Couple Of Twists

Instead of having a traditional company dinner out or in, why not have a good, old fashioned potluck supper, but include a few twists and surprises.

Have everyone who wants to participate bring a dish, of course, but also have them jot down the recipes they use on an index card and have that sitting next to each dish.

Everyone who eats the food will get to vote on their favorite dish, with the top three winners getting prizes as recognition for their culinary mastery. The prizes could be anything at all, of course, but here are some ideas to get your mind turning on the subject:

  • A paid day off for the overall winner
  • Preferential parking spaces or casual dress days for the runners up
  • Everyone who wins gets a coupon, redeemable for a half day off
  • Gift cards for all winners
  • And so on

In addition to that, collect all the recipes and turn them into a PDF cookbook, sent out to all employees to commemorate the occasion!

Team By Team, Dinner Out

This one requires a bit more planning and depending on the size of your company, you’ll need to start well in advance of Thanksgiving. The idea though, is simple. The manager of each department takes his or her team out for a deluxe lunch on the company dime.

In order that the company is not left critically short staffed during the festivities, arrange for 1-2 teams or departments to go every day, until everyone in the company has been treated to lunch.

There are, of course, plenty of other ideas, but any of the ones we mentioned above would turn this year’s At Work Thanksgiving Day Celebration into a memorable event that’s sure to be talked about for weeks and months to come. Even if none of the ideas above are exactly what you had in mind, we hope that they’ll provide food for thought and help you come up with an idea that’s perfect for your company.