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Decorate your Workplace Day

05 Dec 2018

Amanda Gardner, Marketing manager, Bright Ideas, examines the well-being benefits of staff making decorations together at their workplaces.

To some it’s the most wonderful time of the year. A time to be joyous and excited about the festivities ahead. But when it comes to decorating the workplace, there are some that’ll say “Bah, humbug” and let others get out the box of tired looking decorations and fake Christmas tree that’s seen better days from the back of the store cupboard.

So, this year, we’re calling on bosses to embrace the festive season by getting into the spirit of Christmas and holding a team building event one afternoon this week to encourage their staff to work together to create some new Christmas decorations. Not only will it be fun but it will contribute to everyone’s well-being.

Well-being in the workplace has been one of the most important issues companies have had to deal with in the past couple of years. Employers have recognised the needs and benefits of having a healthy and happy
workforce. Well-being is now a board level agenda item but often management struggles to understand what contributes to greater well-being amongst their staff. We think Christmas gives them the perfect opportunity to address this.

We’d like employers up and down the country to hold a ‘Decorate your Workplace’ event to get everyone together to have some fun and build relationships. Instead of putting up the same old decorations that have been around for the last five years, we’re suggesting that employers give employees a couple of hours to make some brand new ones and have some fun at the same time. To make it more interesting and create a sense of team building, an element of competition can be introduced.

We have come up with three suggestions for workplace decoration competitions:

  1. Longest paper chain – in teams of 3-5, see who can make the longest paper chain in five minutes. The world record for the longest paper chain made by an individual is nearly 780 metres and the fastest time to make a 100 metre long paper chain by a team is 56.81 seconds, achieved by Furuya Metal Co. in Japan.
  2. Fastest time to decorate a Christmas tree – decide how many baubles need to be hung, how much tinsel needs to be wrapped and what other items you want to see on your work tree and then see which team can decorate it the fastest. Coordination and communication will be key! The fastest recorded time to decorate a Christmas tree is 36.89 seconds, achieved by Sharon Juantuah from Essex.
  3. Fastest to make a box of crackers – armed with all the material you’ll need, see which team can make a set of 6 crackers the quickest. The world’s longest Christmas cracker measured 63.1 metres long and 4 metres in diameter and was made by the parents of children at Ley Hill School and Pre-School, Chesham in Buckinghamshire. The cracker contained balloons, toys, a hat and a joke.

Bright Ideas is a well-established arts and crafts supplier based in in Suffolk, with an extensive range of over 1,000 products available at www.brightideascrafts.co.uk

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