Organizing a Thanksgiving potluck for your office

Thanksgiving used to be one day long. 

 

Now the season for giving thanks gives us a whole month of celebrating gratitude, hosting Friendsgivings, and kick-starting the holiday season. 

 

In the office, however, with end-of-year goals sneaking up and holiday party planning in the works, it can be easily missed. This often raises the question: Given everything else going on, is it worth the trouble of planning an office potluck for Thanksgiving? Will my colleagues still be excited, post photos to Instagram, and enjoy the celebration, or will the meal be rushed as everyone is preoccupied with other stressors?

 

Here are a few ideas to help you decide 1) Is it worth having and 2) If so, how you can organize this event without sacrificing too much of your time. 

 

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Managing your Office Holiday Spend

Halloween has come and gone and all that remains in the office candy bowl are a few Tootsie Rolls, Circus peanuts, and a handful of candy corn that no one has the heart to throw away.

 

While businesses aren’t going bankrupt over the annual Halloween candy run, or the upcoming holiday happy hours, all of this Holiday-related spend is a source of ambiguity that leaves office managers with questions like: How much did we spend? What did we order last year? What should our budget be for next year?

 

Tracking this manually is a tedious process. And it also kind of ruins the holiday spirit. As an office manager, you want to enjoy the season too, not be running a Post-It note tally of the egg nog vs. antler headband spend

 

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Improving Office Sustainability

The general request for “more sustainability in the office” can be daunting. We’re here to break it down for you – three of the most common office sustainability initiatives right now are:

  • Reducing the use of plastic 
  • Increasing the amount of recycling in the office
  • Reducing Waste

Whether your office is spearheading all of these initiatives, or none, it’s never too late to start, and these efforts will pay dividends over time. We’ve listed three articles below and highlighted our favorite actionable tips from each one! 

 

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Planning the company Holiday Party? Check out our new ebook for tips and tricks

It’s the holiday season

So whoop-de-do and hickory dock

And don’t forget to hang up your sock

‘Cause at just exactly at twelve o’clock

… your boss is going to ask you to plan the office holiday party. ♫

 

Okay, we’re not fortune-tellers and we might not even be songwriters, but all too often, the responsibility of planning the holiday party falls on the Office Manager.

 

Sometimes this is a well-received request, and the OM whips out the Christmas gel pens and gets to planning. If that’s not you – we’re here to help.

 

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An Office Manager’s Guide to Healthy Office Snacks

Office managers are on the frontlines of any company-wide healthy eating initiatives. And the instructions received from management aren’t always specific – maybe along the lines of “We should really be healthier here” or “Is junk food all we have to snack on?”

 

We run into this scenario all the time when working with our customers. Office managers are trying to improve the overall food quality (per the request of some) while still keeping other colleagues happy. Where do you even start?

 

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Reducing stress for office managers

Three truths about being an office manager: 

 

  1. You’re in charge of a lot of different things. No day is ever the same.
  2. You’re critical to the everyday success of an office. 
  3. This is a stressful job.

 

The heart of everything we do at OfficeLuv is to make life easier for the office manager; empowering you to thrive in your role, grow your career, and reduce stress along the way. 

 

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Office Management: Help! We’re Growing Too Fast

It’s every company’s dream, right? Attracting so many customers that they need to hire hundreds of new people, suss out new office space, order new furniture and IT equipment, create new employee programming, and design and implement new processes.

 

These are exciting times, but all of the new-ness can lead to pure chaos. It’s often the office management and facilities teams that oversee the responsibility of finding new products to order, vendors to work with, and ensuring everyone around the offices gets taken care of. This can be especially stressful because growing headcount means ordering quantities fluctuate, it’s difficult to pin down (and manage) a budget, and an extra set of hands would always be helpful but can never be found.

 

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Summer Heat: Designate someone else as Chief Air Conditioning Officer

Every July and August, one thing is almost certain: employees will disagree on the office temperature.

 

One employee goes to the thermostat, sets it for 65 degrees. Five minutes later, another employee—wrapped up in a wool blanket—goes over, puts it back to 70. 

 

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Ordering supplies for 4th of July week

The Fourth of July is kind of a weird holiday. It always seems to fall on a work day, and you never know how many people will be in the office or which days people are taking off. The day after the 4th you could have anywhere from half of the office back, or just those three guys who you’re pretty sure snuck fireworks on the roof last year.

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Q3 2018 Office Trends Report

What grocery items are most popular? Are there seasonal ordering trends for offices? How does your office stack up to others regarding spend per employee per month? Check out the Q3 2018 Office Trends Report to get all the details on what is trending, and what offices are spending.

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