By Alyssa Mertes

Being a business owner can be a very terrifying thing, but it doesn’t have to be all tricks and no treats. Halloween is a good excuse to relax the tie, take your hair out of its tight bun, and let loose. Find out how you can use this holiday to improve office morale and employee focus with a few simple tweaks to the workplace.

Let your employees dress up

Does it really matter if your secretary is dressed up as a lobster for the day? As long as they’re still greeting guests, fielding calls, and entering data, they can be a crazy crustacean all they want. Costumes for Halloween won’t stop your team from rocking it out for the day. Plus, it could warrant some good laughs and start conversations.

According to a study from the University of Warwick, happiness leads to a 12% spike in employee productivity. Setting up a makeshift photo booth or giving a gift card to the best costume is a great way to earn smiles. Sounds like that lobster’s really cooking now!

Throw an office party

Watching your team do the Monster Mash is worth every minute away from the computers.

Make sure you have a great playlist for the occasion. “Strange Brew” by Cream, “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, and “Dead Man’s Party” by Oingo Boingo are a few that should be in rotation. Science has found that music spikes the part of the brain that’s associated with reward and emotion. This helps your employees feel valued at the office.

Don’t forget a lot of your employees have kids and want to take them trick or treating. Why not let them go home a little early on October 31st? Now that’s an employee gift as sweet as a bag of candy!

If that’s not a possibility, these activities are a surefire way to increase happiness at the office. We spend a frightening amount of time at work and deserve to go to a place where we feel engaged and appreciated. Costumes, candy, and other creepy crawlies are a step in the right direction!

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