The year is fast coming to a close. Before you know it, December will be here. As you approach the end of 2013, be sure you have a plan for how to properly recognize and communicate the holiday season to your wellness program participants.
December holidays can be tricky topics to cover from a workplace communications standpoint because of their religious nature. There’s Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. These are important days for many people, but not everyone shares the same strong feelings toward each of the holidays. And, you don’t want to offend anyone.
- Steer clear of calling out specific holidays. Avoid “Happy Hanukkah,” “Merry Christmas,” or “Happy Kwanzaa.”
- Instead use the generic, all-encompassing “Season’s Greetings.” Even “Happy Holidays” suggests that the recipient of the message recognizes one of the “holidays” when maybe he or she doesn’t celebrate any of them.
- Better yet, have a forward-focusing message such as “Here’s to a Happy New Year” or “Looking ahead to a great 2014.”
When it comes to images on cards, posters, or even decorations around the workplace, you may want to stick with seasonal nature images specific to your local area (such as snowflakes and snowmen if you’re in a colder climate) instead of decorated trees or wrapped gifts.