Gary Beckstrand, vice president at O.C. Tanner, an employee recognition and workplace culture company, says employers are missing out on an opportunity to increase fun and engagement for employees by not allowing them to dress up for Halloween.
O.C. Tanner recently surveyed employees from around the country and found that fewer than half – 45 percent – were allowed to dress up while another 20 percent were not sure if their employer would allow it. The survey determined that the simple act of allowing employees dress up for Halloween has a real impact on employee engagement.
“Halloween is a great opportunity to increase engagement and well-being among teams,” says Beckstrand. “But it’s less about the fact that people are dressing up or going to an office party, and more about the byproducts of allowing employees to do those types of things.”
When you encourage employees to dress up or decorate their personal space, you are encouraging them to express themselves, which fosters employees getting to know one another and it builds camaraderie and social connections within teams, he adds. “Being able to be social at work is an incredibly important component of wellbeing. Additionally, you are building trust with your employees by showing them that they have the agency to be creative and have fun around this time of year.”
The survey also found that of the 953 employees who were surveyed, those who are able to dress up at work show higher engagement versus those who are not allowed to dress up.