Celebrating Diwali with colleagues in the office is something we don’t necessarily look forward to, but when the day comes, we’re more than thrilled to be a part of the festivities. Whether it’s the cliche corporate rangoli competition or some bizarre game the HR personnel got from the internet, we are equally pessimistic but end up tapping our foot to the music while others dance.
The festival of lights is right around the corner, and while some of us plan on what we’ll be doing after office, the rest of us are planning what to do in the office get-together. Ranging from weird games to equally funny competitions, offices around the whole world will have their Indian employees show up in the most dynamic, pastel-coloured attire.
SO! Get ready for the time of year when lucrative Mirchi lights will hang from apartments, children will run inside localities as they burst annoyingly loud crackers, and people will complain about pollution while they smoke cigarettes. But that is Diwali at home, what about offices? With targets, bosses and everything else that can trigger anxiety within close proximity.
Here are a few thumb rules to keep this festive season in offices a little more aesthetic and professional while still trying to keep it fun and exciting.
Don’t Slack on Work
Diwali means celebration and celebration means more energy for loitering than work, this means less work you’ll end up doing before and after the weekend. Just because you’re going to purge in the different events, doesn’t mean you need to ditch work. Deal with what’s important and urgent during the holiday, If you can finish up on your work for the weekend, you won’t come back to a lot of backlogs, and you might actually find some reason to pick up where you left off.
Stay a Step Ahead
Diwali means lots of food and that means a lot of other intakes, too. To balance out all the calories that you’ll be consuming in this 4 to 5-day purge, keep activities scheduled. Move around, walk, run as much as you can to prepare your body. Don’t compromise on your diet, though. If you eat too little before celebrations and overdose on sugar on the day of festivities, you might go into shock, which you might not like as much as the motichoor ladoo. Which brings us to our next topic
Make Sure Sugar Consumption is Rational
Sweets and snacks are a signature of Indian festivals and traditions, but sometimes we tend to over-do it. Jalebis and samosas are love, but so is a fit and healthy body. Eat as much as you want but make sure you don’t serve or eat so much that you can hardly move afterwards. From personal experience, eat a couple of snacks, wait for the brain to respond, now see if it’s your tummy or heart that craves more.
Remember, there’s always a tomorrow, you can eat the rest then.
Make sure activities are engaging
Corporate parties and environment, especially during festivities, are renowned to repetitive and industrious. Keep your employees, bosses, friends, and everyone else entertained and excited throughout the days of the festival. Although it’s a time to be alive and happy, not everyone might be as cheerful. Some might not be able to go home or someone might just not like Diwali as much as everyone else, so keep the cheerful attitude up, but don’t strike any wrong chords.
Keep the Smoke and Noise down to a Minimum
Now this one’s pretty basic, and almost everyone knows what to do, but to recap here are the key points:
- Don’t Light fires in closed spaces, near trees, or cars
- Keep everyone with medical issues away from smoke, sounds and lights
- Don’t force people who aren’t comfortable around crackers or fireworks
- Keep it as green as possible
This obviously goes for the environment, but you as well. Make sure you’re safe when bursting crackers. Do not get too tipsy to drive home, if you do, call a cab. These are for the night itself, but before you start celebrating, here are the basics you NEED to take care of:
- Go to licensed sellers, preferably selling rural India-made products (this is the one time of the year the sellers and the producers actually make some profit, I guess they deserve a Happy Diwali too?) Also, speaking of Indian
- Don’t miss out on the melas, take your family, friend and foe, colleagues, and anyone else you can find
- If you want, instead of noisy firecrackers, you can go for ones which make less noise like Anaar (flowerpots) and Phuljhadi (sparklers)
- Suit up for the festival, get out your best traditional attire and look your damn finest
Happy Diwali, Folks!