Business Bash: Celebrating Halloween at The Office

candy-corn-1739408_640Halloween is right around the corner for residents and business owners around Winter Haven, and while employers don’t necessarily have to think about their staff trick-or-treating, it is important to be aware of various holidays and how they might be used to boost employee morale. It doesn’t take much money or hard work to make your office festive, or at the very least, make the work day friendlier to your employees’ need for family time on these special days. Carroll Marshall already provides business insurance and top-notch service to businesses throughout our area, but we wanted to take it a step farther and offer some important tips for making your office THE best in town when it’s time for celebrate a holiday.
Take these tricks to heart, and see what you could incorporate in your own place of business to get the spooky fun started this year:

  1. Party! Let’s face it, even adults enjoy a good party. While the festive cupcakes and fun treat bags of classroom parties gone by might not be the best way to celebrate anymore, an office party to celebrate fun holidays is definitely not out of the question! Whether you want to go all out with cubicle decorating or costume contests, or have a simple potluck for that day’s lunch break, diverting from the usual hum-drum routine of work life with a fun, festive party is a great way to build team spirit among your staff, and have a great time as a group.
  2. Participate in Local Events. From sponsoring a local trunk-or-treat or Fall Festival event, to handing out candy during a citywide trick-or-treating night, your business can make an impact on your community by playing a part in holiday events. This is not only a good way to give back, but it also offers free exposure for your brand, and that means more potential customers or clients for YOU. We call that a win-win.
  3. Promote the holiday. On some holidays, especially Halloween, parents can experience work/life balance difficulties. Most of the time trick-or-treating kicks off a little before sundown, and for those who don’t get off work until 6 or 7, it’s nearly impossible to take care of picking up kids from daycare or sitters, getting dinner taken care of, and getting into costumes in time to get candy before night falls and it becomes more dangerous to be out on the streets (not to mention neighborhoods and HOAs with time limits for trick-or-treating). As an employer, you can win some serious points with your staff if you offer an early release from the office that day, or trade off hours with someone who doesn’t have children and won’t need to participate in the evening’s festivities. Flexibility is key. Trust us, if you are understanding and willing to work with them, they’ll be more likely to have your back when an unexpected deadline or office issue pops up.

We hope everyone here in Winter Haven has a safe and fun Halloween this year. We look forward to seeing all of you out and about enjoying the fun, and will be right here participating as a fellow local business owner. Stop by our office downtown and say hello, and if you’re ready to talk about coverage for your business, we’re here to help!

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