Here are some fun ideas for celebrating this holiday season with the pharmacy crew.
We may all have different religions that come with different holidays and beliefs, but one thing we can all agree on is that the holiday season is a great time to give thanks and celebrate. This year, an employee at our independent pharmacy kindly opened her home to the entire staff and their spouses. She hosted a potluck party, and we had a lot of laughs playing Heads Up. When I worked at the chain, we celebrated the winter holiday season by either going out to dinner at a local restaurant or having a party at my house. We always played Taboo after dinner, and years later, still have hilarious memories from those nights. I truly think that having a holiday get-together during the most stressful time of the year at pharmacies is a fantastic way to boost morale, have fun, and show the staff some appreciation.
Here are some fun things that can be done in the pharmacy to boost morale:
There are many ways to celebrate outside the pharmacy. One fun bonding experience is giving back to the community. Organize a group from the pharmacy to volunteer somewhere meaningful. Jessica, a pharmacy data entry supervisor in Indiana, tells me that her team adopts a family for the holidays and provides dinner and gifts for them. What an amazing way to give back.
Get-togethers at someone's house can be easy and fun. Potluck or catered events are always nice. Festive drinks are a nice touch, though make sure that there are designated drivers or plan to hire Ubers. Play traditional games such as Outburst, Scattergories, or Taboo. Or use an iPhone or iPad to find fun party games such as Heads Up, Just Say It, Party Doodles, and Reverse Charades. Set up a karaoke machine, and everyone will have a blast singing and dancing. Another idea is to watch a holiday movie or a funny television show, such as pharmacy comedy "Vials" on Amazon.
If the team would rather go to a fun venue, try a restaurant, a Dave and Busters arcade, a bowling alley, a dinner theater, or a trampoline place.
Meanwhile, make sure to buy gifts for staff members. Gift cards or cash are always appreciated, along with a personal note of thanks and appreciation.
There are so many ways to engage employees and boost morale this holiday season. Please share ways you are celebrating the holidays with your team members by emailing me (firstname.lastname@example.org).