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Halloween in the workplace

This year, Halloween falls directly in the middle of the week. Turning a normal workday into a fun trick-or-treat experience has both benefits and possible pitfalls. A general r…

This year, Halloween falls directly in the middle of the week. Turning a normal workday into a fun trick-or-treat experience has both benefits and possible pitfalls.

A general rule for the workplace Halloween is choose your costume carefully. Forbes recommends against wearing costumes that are sexy, offensive or violent. And keep it simple – a bulky costume or one that requires you to wear a mask all day is frowned on and could become uncomfortable as the day wears on.

But the benefits of a fun Halloween workplace are many. Your sweet tooth is satisfied, you get to see your co-workers’ alter egos and it boosts production. CNBC reports 73 percent of those who can dress up at work are highly motivated to contribute to the success of the organization they work for, compared to 58 percent of those who can’t come to work in costume.

If your desk or cubicle is in a high-traffic area, you could station a jar of candy where passers-by can get a sugar rush. Not only will it provide a treat at the workplace, according to Forbes, it will also be a fun way to strike up a conversation with fellow employees.

Safety also is a consideration. If you have a jack-o’-lantern on your desk, illuminate it with an electric candle to avoid fire risk, according to PropertyCasualty360.com. Other possible fire hazards to avoid as part of a workplace (or at-home) costume include:

  • Dried flowers or floral arrangements
  • Corn husks or dried corn stalks
  • Crepe paper garland or other paper decorations
  • Homemade paper-towel ghosts

So, if your workplace gives you the treat of observing Halloween at your desk, follow these guidelines so you don’t create a scary situation.

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