Participate in Halloween Office Festivities, but Keep it Professional

Crawford & Company®’s Atlanta Support Center employees enjoy food and festivities during the annual Chili Cook-off and Luncheon, which takes place right before Halloween this year.

To Dress Up, or Not to Dress Up, That is the Question

Photo credit: Jag_cz via istockphoto.com

Photo credit: Jag_cz via istockphoto.com

Halloween is just days away and if you join in the holiday’s festivities, chances are you’ve purchased costumes, put out decorations and carved those jack-o-lanterns. People in many areas of the world celebrate Halloween and oftentimes, employers host parties for their employees as well.

A Glassdoor survey about Halloween in the workplace found that employer-hosted events, such as Halloween parties, boost morale, support team building and build company culture. The survey also relayed that employees view such events as a chance to connect with co-workers in different departments and across various levels—plus they enjoy the break from work.

But what if you are asked to wear a costume to the office? And what if you are too busy for a Halloween party during the work day? After all, client needs must be met and deadlines loom.

Think again before you rebuff Halloween-related festivities with your co-workers. Even if your day is jam-packed with meetings and phone calls or you’re at the top of the corporate ladder, take 10 minutes to share in some candy corn and holiday-related chitchat with your workmates.

man in a pirate costume with pistol. IsolatedIf donning a Halloween costume is encouraged, get into the spooky spirit and wear something fun but office-appropriate. Witches, ghosts, superheroes or favorite movie characters are safe bets. If you’re a manager, your department is more likely to dress in a costume if you do.

One caution: Make sure your outfit won’t make co-workers blush. The office isn’t the place to dress up as a sexy nurse or anything else risqué.

The Glassdoor survey also found that 70 percent of employees would most enjoy a Halloween breakfast, lunch or free treats while at work. If your company doesn’t provide such snacks, rally your co-workers to bring items in for a potluck, a chili cook-off or bake-off. However, hold off on bobbing for apples as the survey revealed it’s one of the least-popular Halloween-related office games.

Avoid Shucking Responsibility

The Halloween afternoon rush hour can become frighteningly scary as office workers leave early to take little ones trick-or-treating, so plan accordingly.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Crawford & Company®’s Atlanta Support Center employees enjoy food and festivities during the annual Chili Cook-off and Luncheon, which takes place right before Halloween this year.

Crawford & Company®’s Atlanta Support Center employees enjoy food and festivities during the annual Chili Cook-off and Luncheon, which takes place right before Halloween this year.

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