During my tenure as a Human Resource manager, I was hit daily with conundrums and issues. An issue that usually plagues my profession during this time of year is whether or not to celebrate Halloween at work and allow employees to wear costumes. Believe it or not, this may sound like a trivial thing, but there are people who work who take All Hallow’s Eve very seriously.
Depending on the office environment, I see no wrong in employes wearing costumes as long as it doesn’t interfere with work and doesn’t offend any customers or employees. When I worked in HR in a call center, we allowed employees to dress up at work because they were on the phone and didn’t see any of our clients or contacts. When I performed the same job in a sales environment where customers were in and out of the facility, we celebrated Halloween with decorations and food, but did not let the employees dress up.
Simply put, if the costumes and celebration interfere with work production or causes chaos, it may not be a good idea to allow employees to dress up for Halloween.
It surprised me at how many adults really took Halloween (and dressing up) seriously. In one office where we outlawed costumes, a frustrated employee actually circulated a petition around the office collecting signatures to show management how pissed off everyone was. It was then that I realized that this is indeed a serious holiday for some—either that or people want an excuse to dress up and be kids at work, even if it’s just one day.
Work is work—in most cases, it’s a professional environment that calls for professional employees, even when everyone else is having “fun”.
What are your thoughts?
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