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 staff and patients to be professional and remember the many different religious beliefs. It is also important to maintain an atmosphere that is fun and enjoyable as well. Follow these four suggestions for keeping the office fun and festive, 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 planning. Identify the holidays you will be celebrating and when. Informing your staff up front will help set expectations and prevent confusion. This gives your staff plenty of time to arrange the décor it is appropriate for your office and its patients.

Keep it simple.

It’s important to have fun and keep in the holiday spirit, but remember that your office is a place of business. While your patients may be in need a dose of cheer, it is imperative to remain professional. If they are sick or treating 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 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 fresh and creative way. Not only does this provide simple décor, it is relatable and will make your patients feel loved.

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 overly 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 important that your office is respectful and that your patients and staff are comfortable. Following these guidelines can ensure your staff still has fun while your patients are at ease.

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