SURVEY SAYS: Workplace Halloween Celebrations

Today is Halloween.

By Rebecca Moore | October 31, 2016
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I recently read about a survey that found dressing up in costume and celebrating Halloween at work is good for employee morale.

Last week, I asked NewsDash readers, “Does your workplace celebrate Halloween, and will you be dressing in a Halloween costume for work?” I also asked them to share the best costumes they’ve worn or seen.

Nearly four in ten responding readers (38.3%) said their company celebrates by workers dressing in costume, while 31.9% reported their company celebrates by workers bringing in food or having a little party. Nearly three in 10 (29.8%) said their company offers a prize for the best Halloween costume. Nearly 28% indicated their company does not celebrate Halloween.

Among the 31.9% who chose “other,” several reported their companies do pumpkin decorating or a pumpkin decorating contest, quite a few offer a party or trick-or-treating for employees’ children and a few offer prizes for best cubicle decorations. One reader noted that his or her company has a chili cookoff.

Asked whether they will be dressing in a Halloween costume for work today, 18.7% said yes, and 81.3% said no.

In comments about workplace Halloween celebrations, most agreed it was something fun or a morale booster, but there were a few that said they were distracting and hurtful to productivity. Others noted that some workers come into the workplace with inappropriate costumes. Editor’s Choice goes to the reader who said, “We won't be wearing costumes, but we'll be dressed as exhausted financial services workers anyway!” 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey!

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