Employers encouraged to embrace Chinese New Year

With Chinese New Year celebrations about to kick off for the Year of the Sheep, employers are being encouraged to embrace the customs and traditions of the event in their workplace.

With Chinese New Year celebrations about to kick off for the Year of the Sheep, employers are being encouraged to embrace the customs and traditions of the event in their workplace.

HR and recruitment specialist Randstad is encouraging employers to embrace the traditions of wishing people good fortune, happiness, wealth and longevity, as a way to boost team culture, diversity, productivity, happiness and success. According to Randstad’s recent employer branding research, 48 per cent of Aussie workers rank a company’s ability to provide a pleasant working environment, as well as a healthy work/life balance (49 per cent) among the top criteria when choosing an employer. 

Chinese New Year provides a great opportunity to embrace cultural diversity in the workplace, bringing people together to celebrate the traditions and customs, which will ultimately boost employee engagement and satisfaction.

“The heartfelt wishes expressed during Chinese New Year, are positive messages to share, not only within the workplace, but to extend out to customers, family and friends,” Steve Shepherd, Employment Market Analyst at Randstad, says. “We all know that people who are happy at work, who feel valued for their individual, unique contribution, are more active in helping to build a collaborative, high performing environment.”

Here are a few ways to get some Chinese New Year action into your workplace:

· Chinese night out: With Chinese New Year parades planned across Australia, a team night out is a great way to get staff out of the office to enjoy the spectacle.  What’s more, most events hosted are free.

· Decorate the office: Whether it’s hiring a Chinese Dragon costume or decorating the office with Chinese Lanterns, adding a bit of Chinese culture and colour to the office, will quickly brighten spirits.  

· Were any of your staff born in the Year of the Sheep? If so, share with them advice about how to have a successful year; what to avoid; and how to bring good luck in the year ahead.

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