Thursday, December 22, 2011

Last Minute Tips for Decorating your Workplace Work-space {A Guest Post with Maire of Eat, Breathe, Blog}

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The darling, Maire, is guest posting for me again today with some last minute tips for decorating your workplace work space. 

If you missed the last Guest Post from Maire, you'll want to check it out when you're done with this one!  It's all about caring for your Handmade Items


Holiday cheer for your office!

Now that Christmas is but days away and Hanukkah has already begun, your office is likely aglow in holiday cheer. If you're still putting up decorations or looking for ideas about how to make your workplace festive, read on for some design ideas for office and cubicle decorations.

The rules:

  • Know about office etiquette so that you don't misstep when it's time to decorate. There's little sense in being disciplined for something that can easily be avoided. If management has banned blinking holiday lights or noisemaking decorations, take their directives to heart.
  • If you think something you're about to display might offend someone, think twice about putting it up. All sorts of holidays are celebrated at this time of year, including Hanukkah, Winter Solstice/Yule, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and even Festivus.
  • Keep your work area clean. Don't let decorations impede your progress at work. You don't want to regret decking your cube or get in trouble with management.

Let's decorate!

  • Wrap the Whirlpool refrigerators in the break room like a present. Cover the front of the fridge in gift wrap, add a ribbon and an oversized bow.
  • Display a miniature Christmas tree on a table or filing cabinet. Invite your coworkers to bring in ornaments.
  • Put out fake plants like poinsettias, which provide color and seasonal cheer but require no work to maintain.
  • Offer holiday treats for your coworkers to enjoy, such as snowman-shaped cookies or a selection of hard candy. Keep in mind people who might be dieting or diabetic and consider including some sugar-free treats, which are widely available at most retailers.
  • Display a menorah and blue-and-white items (Hanukkah), set out a decorative bowl of earth elements like pinecones and evergreen (Yule) or dried ears of corn and decorations in red, black, and green (Kwanzaa). Consider hosting a Festivus party.

In your cubicle:

  • Choose one of your cubicle walls to be 'holiday central.' Display cards you've received, 'wrap' the wall with gift paper much like you did with the fridge, hang a small wreath, or string lights around the top of your cube. Be careful not to overdo it; a small decorated space can easily become cluttered.
  • Be careful about burning candles. You might be in violation of a fire code and scents like pine, cinnamon, or sugar cookie can overpower your coworkers easily.
  • Gift wrap your office supplies, like the pencil cup or stapler. Don't gift wrap items you need to use every day unless you're careful to maintain their functionality.
  • Align bows atop your monitor.
  • Change your computer's screen saver. Burn a Yule log, sit under the stockings by the hearth, watch harmless candlelight flicker, or write a holiday message that coworkers and clients can see as they pass by your workspace.
  • Decorate with winter elements like snowmen and snowflakes.
  • Hang candy canes from your cubicle wall and invite people to take them.

The most important thing to remember with decorating is to have fun. Adding holiday cheer to your office should be carefree and enjoyable and an activity that everyone in your office can enjoy. Happy Holidays!

Maire blogs on behalf of Sears and other quality products. She also enjoys crafting, treadmill running, and eating peanut butter out of the jar with a spoon.

XxOo~ Melissa

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