Rieva Lesonsky

Rieva Lesonsky Rieva Lesonsky is a Columnist for Small Business Trends covering employment, retail trends and women in business. She is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Follow her on Google+ and visit her blog, SmallBizDaily, to get the scoop on business trends and free TrendCast reports.

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  1. A christmas quiz and some simple office games can be an easy and affordable choice for smaller businesses.

    A company I worked with had a long running ‘Christmas desk competition’ in which different teams within the office had to cover their workspace in xmas decorations, which went down very well and provided a few weeks of entertainment.

    Stephen Greenwood

    • Hehe! I really like the ‘Christmas desk competition’ idea, Stephen! I can imagine how colourful the office looked!

      What was the prize for the winners?

      • It did look great as people were very creative! Wrapping their whole desk in Christmas wrapping paper and what have you.

        The winners got personalised mugs and some posh chocolate which they gloated about until way past January!

      • I guess it also cheered people up as well, to come into work and it look like something of a playground :). I know I’d feel that way.

        Mmmm, chocolaaaaaate! I’d compete just for that!

        You don’t work there anymore, but I should imagine they’re competing as we speak!

  2. Thanks Rieva! Like so many I feel like the holidays snuck up on me this year. These are great suggestions for embracing the holiday spirit. I especially love the volunteer suggestion.

  3. Before I started reading your ideas (which are great, by the way!), I was thinking: why not everyone bring in a drink and a dish to work? Great minds think alike, ey? 😉

    I do particularly like the last idea for the reasons you detailed.

  4. Aira Bongco

    I agree with the volunteer part. But then again, there are still some businesses that function more on Christmas that they still cannot rest even if they like. But I guess a good Secret Santa will still get the employees in a Christmas mood.

    • Aira: the corner shops where I live are open on Christmas Day as it’s not customary for them to celebrate it. They make a killing over that period as most shops are normally closed at that time. I imagine that they do get in Xmas mood though with the footfall of celebrating customers that pass through; it’s bound to rub off on a shopkeeper.

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