Here at Steinhafels we have some of the hardest workers in the business. It’s nice every now and then to let loose, get out the old scissors and garland, ornaments and lights… and let the creativity flow!
As you can see, the results got pretty ugly during our Corporate Office Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest. This year was the 2nd go-around for the now annual event. The first year saw 16 participants–more than double that number took part this year.
We asked organizer and Accent Furniture Buyer Jenny Kordus a few questions about this new office tradition.
Why do you love ugly sweaters?
I love Ugly Sweater parties in particular because people get really creative, or pull out sweaters from the 80’s & 90’s. Or borrow clothes from their moms. So there’s usually a fun story behind everyone’s outfit.
How did this tradition begin?
My office decided last year to throw the Ugly Sweater Party at the last minute. We had such a good turnout that we decided to make it an annual thing. We love everything about Christmas – the decorations, the food, etc….but especially spending time with family and friends – in this case our work family!
How does something like this help build a spirit of teamwork?
Steinhafels is still a great “small” company, even though we are getting bigger and bigger. A party like this brings people from different parts of the company together. You can get to know someone you haven’t met yet, you can “razz” your friends, and it puts everyone (even Scrooges) in the holiday mood! Even if you don’t want to wear a sweater, you can come and vote and enjoy the treats. It’s an easy way to put a smile on everyone’s face for the day.
Brightest: Anne Barforth
Best Homemade: Amy Swenson
Ugliest Overall: Amy Swenson
Now–start planning for next year–Jenny already has a list of categories!
Happy Holidays everyone.
HOLIDAY SWEATERS TAKE 2!
Our awesome Corporate Store Sales Team also had a holiday sweater party– complete with a potluck of yummy snacks. We love to promote a professional, yet festive environment at our stores!!