From excess food and drinks to a flurry of social commitments, the end of the year can be a chaotic time in the workplace.
But, it’s also a great opportunity to boost employee engagement, foster social responsibility, and create new memories.
And while it’s also common to see slight dips in productivity, that doesn’t mean your intranet should suffer. Just as you would decorate your home and get it ready for holiday festivities, it’s also the perfect time to add some holiday cheer to your intranet. Here are seven ways to make that happen:
Personalize your home banner
Your headers are likely the first thing your users see when they navigate to a page on your intranet, which makes it the ideal area to add a little holiday flare.
Uploading a holiday banner is easy on ThoughtFarmer since the site-wide header and all individual page headers are completely customizable. But, if you run into trouble, you can also reach out to someone on our professional services team of experts.
Create auditory notifications
From the exponential volume of holiday songs, to the chiming of bells, there is no shortage of sounds associated with the winter holidays.
One of our customers, MedData, leveraged the ThoughtFarmer professional services team to create seasonal auditory notifications on their intranet.
“We wanted a fun way for employees to be alerted when they received a new notification, so we worked with ThoughtFarmer to set-up notification sounds,” said Sean Biehle, Head of Creative services at MedData.
A holiday-themed “Ho, Ho, ho” was created for the winter holidays, while a gobbling turkey was used for Thanksgiving.
In case you were wondering (and in case you have an office Scrooge), rest assured all these notification had the option to be turned off/muted.
MedData also leveraged many of the other intranet add-ons available on ThoughtFarmer to transform their intranet into a truly unique collaboration platform.
Let it snow
Snow is always a possibility during winter, unless of course you live somewhere warm and sunny. But even then, you can always make it snow on your intranet. While we don’t have a specific plugin for intranet snow, Tim from our Professional Services team assured us that ‘intranet snow’ is definitely a possibility.
Organize your holiday work party
If you have ever tried to organize an annual holiday work party you already know all the stress involved. From locating a venue, to selecting a date, to ensuring it’s a location employees actually want to go to—it can get pretty chaotic. Fortunately your intranet can help with a lot of these tasks.
Begin by creating an event page on your intranet that includes all the relevant details. This will help keep all important information of your holiday work party in one central location (who has time to search for emails?). If you still haven’t decided on a location, this would be a great time to insert a poll to get some insight into where employees may want to go.
Next, take advantage of our new RSVP feature that allows you to track exactly who will and won’t be attending.
There is also an event card option in ThoughtFarmer that can be added to any news post. So if you wanted to notify employees about an upcoming holiday work party, you can easily craft a news post, insert it onto your homepage, and add an event card in it that has all the details and RSVP options for the calendar event you created.
Keep your memories alive
Whether or not you choose to remember the evening, sharing pictures from your corporate holiday party on your intranet is a great way to engage employees. Keep these and other memories secure yet accessible by adding them to a photo gallery on your intranet.
Create a donations page
Holidays are a great time to donate to those in need. Use your intranet to create a section for employees to donate to causes they are passionate about. At ThoughtFarmer, we frequently engage in charitable activities, and most recently participated in a month long Movember campaign to raise awareness for testicular cancer.
Leverage your calendar for inclusion
The winter holidays are full of days to celebrate—particularly if your employees come from a variety of different backgrounds, religions and beliefs. As workplaces become increasingly diverse, holiday season is much more than just Christmas. Put your intranet calendar to good use by adding in all applicable holidays and days of worship.
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December 5, 2019