A great way to boost morale during these cold dark days when everyone would rather be preparing for Christmas than sat at work is to bring some festive fun into your workplace. Most offices organise a secret Santa and Christmas party but there are many other ways to introduce festive humour into the office that will put a smile on everyone’s face.
If you and your colleagues have grown tired of all the regular Christmas activities and are looking to liven things up in an amusing manner then the following ideas can inject a bit of humour into your business during the festive period.
Joke Match Secret Santa
This involves a bit of inventiveness from everyone but can turn the boring old secret Santa formula into a funny experience.
- Employers write out a range of jokes and each employee picks one out of a hat and figures out a gift that matches the punchline to the joke.
- They then wrap the gift, stick the punchline on the parcel and place them under a tree.
- When it comes to the gift giving everyone again pulls a joke from the hat (making sure they don’t get their own) and find the parcel that has the matching punchline.
- Everyone laughs at how funny their presents (hopefully) are and makes good use of them.
Why not spice up your office’s traditional decorations with an amusing twist? Depending on your company you could decorate the tree with items from your line of business; such as a tree with the products it specialises in replacing baubles or tinsel.
Throw off visitors and clients by installing the tree upside down from the ceiling or putting up some more outlandish decorations. To truly amuse workers getting a range of personalised baubles with workers faces on and other such items will really provide a laugh to everyone. Set up some model reindeer, Santas and other items with random employees’ faces stuck on too.
Funny Party Games
In the run up to Christmas dedicate half an hour or so of each day to playing some funny party games. This will provide a good morale and team working boost and there are many appropriate games for the workplace:
- Christmas Charades – Just like regular charades but the options are limited to Christmas Carols, films and popular songs.
- Decorate the Snowman – It probably won’t snow, so instead in teams wrap one person in toilet paper and then decorate like a snowman. Set a time limit and a judge, the best one wins a prize. And the losers stay dressed as snowmen all day.
- Hot Christmas Present – Basically the game of hot potato but with a present. Whoever the music stops on unwraps a layer and either receives a present or a funny task.
- Christmas Carol Quiz – The quizmaster takes a line or phrase from a few carols and in teams employees must guess which carol it is from. Translate into a different language to make it even harder.
Christmas jumper day is a common occurrence and the money raised goes to a good cause. As well as this, arranging a separate Christmas themed dress-up day can form an amusing day’s work. Choose a particular theme (such as Christmas animals or festive decorations) and get everyone in good costumes for a fun time. It allows people to be creative and puts them in a good mood by being out of their regular work gear.
Finally, to entertain or annoy your colleagues, here are a variety of Christmas jokes to tell around the workplace. Don’t blame us if you receive a few groans though!
What is the best evidence that Microsoft has a monopoly?
Santa had to switch from chimneys to Windows.
Why is Christmas just like another day at the office?
You end up doing all the work and the fat guy in the suit gets all the credit.
What’s the best key to get at Christmas?
What do they sing at a snowman’s birthday party?
Freeze a jolly good fellow.
What’s the best Secret Santa gift?
A broken drum, you can’t beat it.
What’s the most popular wine at the Christmas party?
‘I don’t like Brussel sprouts’
Why did nobody bid for Rudolph and Prancer on Ebay?
Because they were two deer.
Why was Santa’s little helper feeling down?
Because he had low elf esteem.