Celebrating the Holidays with a Multi-Cultural Crew

For many, the holidays are indeed the most wonderful time of the year. Yet, they aren’t limited to a handful of customs – they’re not all about Santa and his eight tiny reindeer. Rather, the holidays include all sorts of traditions and religious rites.  This is something to be aware of when it comes to business.

So, how do you celebrate the season with a multicultural crew? Consider the following:

Be inclusive

Instead of focusing on one aspect of a single holiday, celebrate the commonalities. This is a season of hope, joy, love, and laughter, regardless of what day is observed. Focusing on things that everyone can get behind is a great way to help each employee feel included. 

Represent all religions

If you bring one religion into your holiday celebration, bring all of them – not just yours. Celebrating one religion over the others is exclusionary and offensive. But celebrating them all helps unite people. While religions can sometimes seem worlds apart, at their roots, they have all sorts of things in common. 

Allow people to pass

Of course, the holidays aren’t for everyone. From those who don’t have any religious affiliation to those who could be Ebenezer Scrooge’s long-lost son, there is probably nothing in the company manual that says people must be holly and jolly. If an employee doesn’t want to participate in the seasonal soirees, don’t force them to. 

Offer a variety

Regardless of religion and culture, people have different needs when it comes to food and drink. So, cast a wide net. If you serve alcohol, also serve non-alcoholic drinks. If you serve ham, don’t forget about the vegetarians. And make sure you acknowledge food allergies and gluten sensitivity.

Ask for input

Communication is key. If you want to know what makes a good holiday party, ask those who plan to attend. Request input on everything from food to music to decorations. The more opinions you consider, the more included everyone will feel. 

Set a dollar limit

If you’re exchanging presents as part of your holiday party, be sure to set a dollar limit. A failure to do this can result in a wide abyss of cost differences – one person picks up a travel mug from the local mini-mart while the other buys what can only be described as the “Hope Diamond’s second cousin.” The best way to make the present exchange comfortable for all involved is to set a reasonable limit and stick to it.

Holiday parties are a wonderful opportunity for your staff to bond. But there are different strokes for different folks and not everyone celebrates the same. Take this into consideration and try to make sure each employee is represented. 

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