-Offer a floating holiday and the option to work on Christmas Day to accommodate everyone, of all religions, to celebrate as they choose. This rule will prevent religious discrimination.
-Take any complaints seriously and investigate immediately to avoid any legal liability.
-Hold diversity training at the onset of the season and make it interesting and a true learning experience.
-Keep decorations secular in shared spaces, so as not to offend any employees or customers.
-If employees have personal and private work spaces, allow them to decorate with their religious decorations as they choose.
-Do not decorate with mistletoe. This should be self-explanatory.
But let’s not forget to keep the season fun! Here are some tips for making the end of the year less stressful.
-Have a snack table available in a common space and invite employees to bring some of their traditional food to share. Make sure as the employer to also provide enough snacks for all of the employees.
-Create some of your own traditions such as a coat drive or toy drive or even collect money for an employee in need.
-Offer an extra paid day of leave for employees who complete 8 hours of documented community service.
The holidays should not incite stress. Instead, use this time year to bring your work family together in an inclusive, safe, and respectful manner.
What holiday tradition do you participate in at work? Do you have any other suggestions to add to our lists?