Wednesday, December 23, 2009

What are your company traditions?

By: Angela Walschinski, Account Assistant, Leonard & Finco Public Relations, Inc.

We tend to think of holiday traditions as part of our personal and family lives, but building and sharing holiday traditions in the office is a productive concept. Let's face it, most workers are caught up in the glow of the season. Working together, preparing to celebrate a holiday tradition in the office means building team work, cooperation, drawing workers into the group and giving everyone a sense of community. You may find that what you do as you share a few holiday traditions in the office will give everyone a new respect for one another and a better sense of congeniality that will last through the work year ahead.

If we look closely, most companies have traditions and they bind staff to the company and to each other. Here at Leonard & Finco, we’ve developed a set of traditions. These traditions include: a summer outing, recognizing one another’s birthdays with an in office celebration, playing an active role in the community, and a holiday party…this year we decided to add some fun to the holiday party by having a pot luck with an ugly sweater theme.

The traditions have become part of our culture and we continue to add new traditions. It’s part of what we as staff have come to expect. Traditions are a fun way to bring the office staff together to celebrate the season or event. I, for one, think that businesses ought to recognize their office traditions, no matter how small, and celebrate them, for they make work a better place.

How about you? What traditions does your company observe? What do they mean to you?

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