While the idea of the holidays has been around for a couple of months now in the Philippines, it can now be clearly felt everywhere – even at work. Yes, with the memos about the annual Christmas party officially released and our elevator music switching to Jingle Bell Rock, it is official: Christmas has definitely arrived!
Unfortunately, we can’t really jump out of joy while in our pencil-cut skirts or slacks and neckties. Unlike school children, most adults don’t really get the opportunity to enjoy a long Christmas break. The next best thing? Bringing the Yuletide cheer to work.
But how to balance out being a professional and a kid-at-heart at Christmastime? Here are a few tips:
1. Keep your Christmas decors to a minimum. Despite and in spite of everything, making sure that your office space looks professional should be your top priority. Make sure that your office hints of the festivity rather than shouting of it. Small- to medium-sized decorations of good quality are recommended. Those that can be of practical use, such as paperweights or paper binders, are also recommended.
2. Choose one or two colors that complement each other. Too much colors – especially Christmas colors – can affect how seriously your colleagues and clients take you. Instead of going all-out red and green and blue and yellow like your favorite parol, choose two complementary colors and stick around that theme: red and white, green and silver, blue and white, even gold, white and silver. It is also advisable to stick to one color and leave touches and traces of this color in different places. For example, you chose red. You can get a red Christmas mug, write Merry Christmas! on your white board or desk calendar in good cursive, get a Santa pencil topper…or even use red staple wire!
3. Do away with shiny and glittery materials. Since the idea is to show a professional front, think twice before using a lot of shiny material. Making paper snowflakes artfully pressed on your desk is simple but creative and neat. Cloth pencil cases shaped as stockings also falls under the same category: it shows your arty side but keeps your desk orderly as well. There are many ways to decorate for Christmas that doesn’t include tinsel or foil paper. After all, not all glitter is gold.
4. Collaborate with your colleagues! Nothing is more displeasing in the eye than an array of confusing Christmas decors thrown together in one place. When decorating a desk or a cubicle rather than a four-wall office, it is best to discuss with your office neighbors what the best decorations are for the holidays. After all, nobody wants to end an eyesore.
Decorating for Christmas is always fun, but making sure than fun doesn’t translate to Don’t take us seriously! is important in business. Keeping these tips in mind and executing them well will not only make your office look Christmas-ready, but will make you and your clients feel motivated.