How to be Festive this Holiday Season without Being Offensive

The holidays are right around the corner.

It’s an exciting and busy time for you, your staff, and your patients. Having a medical practice means there is a responsibility to your team and patients to be professional and remember different religious beliefs.

It is also essential to maintain an atmosphere that is enjoyable as well. Follow these four suggestions for keeping the office fun and festive this holiday season without being offensive.

Set expectations early in the year.

At the beginning of the year, when the annual calendar is being discussed, dedicate some time for holiday season planning. Identify the holidays you will be celebrating and when they will be observed. Informing your staff upfront will help set expectations and prevent confusion.

This gives your staff plenty of time to arrange the appropriate décor for your office and its patients.

Keep it simple.

It’s necessary to have fun and keep in the holiday spirit but don’t forget that your office is a place of business.

While your patients may need a dose of cheer, it is imperative to remain professional. If they are sick or treated for a traumatic illness, it’s not appropriate for them to be greeted by obnoxiously decked halls. Avoid overly religious themes and décor pieces and stick with the timeless basics.

Play to your patients.

Many patients love to send cards and gifts during this time of year. Display them around the office in a creative manner for an extra boost of cheer.

Not only does this provide simple décor, but it is also relatable and will make your patients feel loved.

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Stay classy.

Stay subtle and elegant during the holidays. Not only will this help to avoid offending, but it will keep your office in style. At Halloween, avoid scary witches and goblins and go for more autumn-themed pieces.

Find fresh pumpkins, lanterns, and crisp fall colors. Let these items take you through Thanksgiving with minor additions or subtractions. At Christmas, look for natural pieces and themes that include live wreaths, poinsettias, and trees accompanied with a chic colored pattern.

It is unreasonable for you to attempt to please everyone during the season. However, it is vital that your office is respectful and that your patients and staff feel comfortable.

Following these guidelines can ensure your staff still has fun while your patients are at ease.

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