Easter is a major Christian celebration which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, three days after his crucifixion. Celebrated by Christians throughout the world, it is a time for joy, hope and renewal and it often brings people together through a variety of different ways. Some people who are religious or choose to adhere to the tradition of Easter will often get together with like minded folk and celebrate at their local churches. There are often family gatherings and community events which are focused on fun and enjoyment, and of course there is the extra time off work with the additional bank holidays that Easter time brings.
Easter coincides with the beginning of Spring which is strongly connected with fresh starts and new beginnings. I am sure you are familiar with the phrase ‘out with the old and in with the new’ and this is particularly emphasised during this time of the year along with the tradition of ‘Spring cleaning’. Baby animals are being born, birds are nesting, the evenings are lighter and the weather milder which brings about a general feeling of optimism for the future.
Incorporating Easter celebrations in the workplace can be a really good way for colleagues to come together and to foster a sense of light hearted positivity. Here are a few ideas to make Easter this year a little more fun in the workplace!
You could decorate your office or place of work with pastel coloured decorations, pretty flowers and a variety of Easter eggs. Easter is known for its sweet treats and who can resist a chocolate rabbit, marshmallow chicks or brightly coloured eggs in their shiny wrappers?
Perhaps a baking competition or ask colleagues to bring in an Easter themed edible treat to share. Something like this will always be an ‘ice breaker’ amongst colleagues as there will invariably be at least one culinary disaster!
Giving Easter eggs to all employees may be seen as a small gesture but it is a thoughtful idea and shows much appreciation. If chocolate isn't really your thing then giving eggs to charity or a monetary donation to a good cause will give back to the community. You could even arrange your own charity event with your colleagues.
Celebrating Easter in the workplace can create a sense of togetherness and can be a great team building exercise. Whether it is through decorations, treats, gifts or activities, there are many ways that Easter can be enjoyed at work.
Of course it goes without saying that regard should be shown to both the colleagues who are perhaps deeply religious and also those who do not acknowledge Easter for whatever reason. As long as the celebrations are done in a respectful and inclusive manner, then it is a fantastic way to create a positive working culture and something that can be repeated each year.