To Dress Up, or Not to Dress Up, That is the Question
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.
If 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!