“Not everyone in our company celebrates the same holidays or shares the same beliefs. Because of that, we celebrate holidays by suspending work hours. Instead of a traditional workday, we opt for an output-based performance. Employees can choose not to work that day, finish what they have to, or do whatever they want with the day off. We don’t want to be insensitive to our employees’ personal beliefs, so we simply offer time off for individuals to celebrate on their own.”
—Scott Ferguson, founder of I Over Golf
“My team is both small and remote. We don't have a shared office space or even live in the same countries, so I like to make a big deal out of our Secret Santa. We meet up (virtually) at the beginning of December. We draw names about a month before we meet. Each participant provides their name, address, and three items or categories that they would like to get for Christmas. Each Santa has to buy the gifts early enough for them to be shipped before the day (no one is allowed to peek!).
“The entire event lasts about two hours ordinarily, but it's such a great way for the team to connect and learn a bit about the people that they work with.”
—Jessica Woods, founder and editor at Chickens + You
“In Nepal, we celebrate the Hindu festivals Dashain and Diwali. Each year, we organize small gatherings in our office to exchange festival greetings. This is just a small program to make our employees happy, so we don't do decorations or tell the staff to wear specific dresses. We also have a staff well-being fund that we use to give a small bonus to each guide.”
—Shreeram Thapaliya, managing director at Nepal Trek Hub