GETTING INTO THE HALLOWEEN “SPIRIT” AT WORK
If you couldn’t tell by the rows of half-price candy and tacky cobweb and jack ‘o lantern decorations at the supermarket, Halloween is this Saturday. But if you think Halloween is just for kids, you might want to think again. For companies like ours, Halloween is a perfect chance to celebrate the individuality and creativity of the staff with some well-sanctioned fun around the office. So, this Friday, we’re being encouraged to come to work in costume. And for the well-intentioned, prizes will be offered – meaning this employee will need to step up her game!
Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re looking to take part in some fiendish festivities at your place of business:
1) Check it before you deck it – If you haven’t been formally notified, make sure it’s ok before you come in all dressed up or start decorating your workspace. Every company’s culture is different, and there are many legitimate reasons for a company to not sanction Halloween activities. Management should set guidelines – as with any other time, the office is still a place of business and professionalism is imperative.
2) Use good taste and common-sense - The office is no place for that naughty nurse or illegal alien costume. Workplace rules, such as those pertaining to harassment, still apply, so it’s best to avoid any costume that might be deemed offensive, such as those representative of any political ideology or religion, or those that are overtly sexual.
3) Beware of eating too much candy – just like when you were a kid, you can get a bellyache or spoil your dinner, and excess sugar can cause cavities.
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