Tips to Keep Employees Motivated Over the Christmas Season

Christmas is a great time of the year to spend time with your family, treat each other to special gifts and of course, eat our fill of delicious Christmas food. But what if you or your employees are stuck in work over the Christmas? It can be hard to keep staff motivated in the run-up to the big day but here are our top tips:

Decorate the office

Your office shouldn’t be all doom and gloom around Christmas and a small spruce up with some holly and tinsel can have a really positive effect on the office atmosphere! The staff shouldn’t feel like all of the Christmas cheer is left at the door when they come to work or they will dread it each day. Encourage the staff to decorate their desks and the common areas with tasteful decorations to keep spirits high. Treat the staff every once in a while to a box of festive sweets or a free lunch to say thanks after a busy day.

Relax the dress code

If your staff don’t have meetings in the run-up to Christmas, you might consider relaxing your dress code for the few weeks. Make it clear to your staff that professional conduct is always expected of them but that they can dress in smart casual clothes instead of business attire in the weeks before Christmas. This will boost spirits and give staff the freedom to enjoy an after-work engagement or shopping without having to carry a change of clothes.

Flexible working

Where possible, you could consider offering staff a more flexible working schedule in the weeks before Christmas. You could offer early mornings for early finishes or extended lunch breaks so they can get some Christmas shopping done at lunchtime and avoid the weekend rush. Where possible, family-friendly policies like working from home can be a big help to parents with children on school holidays.

Christmas Party

Christmas Parties can be the biggest event of the year in some companies and a great way to make staff feel appreciated and valued after a long year of hard work. Mix up the usual formula of ‘Christmas lunch and drinks’ this year with an alternative party idea like:

  • Go Quest

This adventure rooms type challenge encourages teamwork to escape from one of their 28 challenge rooms and can have surprising and hilarious consequences! Click here to find out more.


  • Dublin Climbing Centre

Bring your staff to Dublin’s climbing centre for a beginners lesson in rock climbing. This is a great way to keep the team active and should bring a few great laughs. Click here to find out more.


  • Zip-lining

Climb high to the treetops for a group zip-lining session with Zipit and really get the team adrenaline going. Click here to find out more.


  • BOYB bowling

Bring back memories of childhood (but with an adult twist) with a trip to Leisureplex Tallaght for some BYOB bowling and a flutter on the grab machines. Click here to find out more.


How ever you and your staff are spending the festive season, let Premier Business Centres look after your office for the whole year. Call Therese to arrange a meeting or discuss your options. Have a very Merry Christmas!