The holidays are almost here. Do you want to help your employees get into the spirit of the season? Consider putting up some decorations, including holiday lights.
Why Do Holiday Lights Improve Our Mood?
Decorations Give Us a Break from the Norm
Humans like variety. After months of the same day in and day out on the job, a few decorations can spike dopamine, a feel-good hormone. And, according to psychologist Deborah Serani, this neurological shift can produce happiness. (MSN, 2018)
Warm Lights Give Off Positive Feelings
Environmental psychologist Sally Augustin claims our reaction to those holiday lights is an evolutionary response. When our ancestors saw warm light, often, it was a campfire signaling food and safety. Our neural networks have developed in such a way that holiday lights still put us in a better and more relaxed mood. (Prima, 2017)
Colored Lights May Boost Happiness
Although research is underway, many holistic practitioners believe chromotherapy or color therapy can bring health and balance to our bodies and minds. When those bright lights hit our eyes, the “colors create electrical impulses in our brains that stimulate hormonal and biochemical processes in our body.” As a result, we feel calmer and more energized. (How Stuff Works)
Some Workplace Do’s and Don’ts When Decorating
Do Show Consideration for Other Cultures
Remember, not everyone celebrates Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. So, keep your lights winter-themed rather than holiday-specific. You want everyone to enjoy the lights without feeling uncomfortable or left out.
Do Get Creative
Stringing lights around the windows and walls is fine. However, if your employees are artists at heart, have some fun! You could even host a contest (with a prize) for the best display.
Do Be Safe
Holiday lights can be dangerous. Therefore, follow common-sense rules. Throw out damaged lights. Switch over to LEDs. Avoid overloading extension cords. And, turn off the lights when no one is in the building.
Don’t Go Overboard
A few lights bring joy, but you can have too much of a good thing. Blinking, singing lights everywhere will be irritating and distracting. Stay festive and tasteful by decorating in moderation.
Don’t Require Employees to Pitch In
Recognize, the holiday season is a busy time for everyone. Some of your employees may feel overwhelmed between shopping, gift wrapping, and entertaining. You don’t want to give them another reason to worry. If some employees love to decorate, fantastic – count them in. If others prefer to focus on work and enjoy the lights from afar, make sure they know that’s fine too.
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