From the week of Thanksgiving until your office takes a holiday break, people tend to be more distracted than the rest of the year. They have a lot going on in their personal lives, and while they have the best intentions at work, their minds are often elsewhere. To keep people engaged and excited to come to work it's important to make sure that your office is filled with holiday cheer. Below are five ideas that will bring a twinkle to the eye of even the biggest Grinch around: 1.) Host a toy or can drive There’s nothing like helping those less fortunate during the holidays for us to remember what the season is truly about. We are all blessed and have so much. When we take a few minutes to purchase a gift for someone in need it makes a positive difference in both their lives and our own. 2.) Office party Many of us only know our co-workers in the office setting where people tend to be more serious and focused on the business-related tasks at hand. Having an office holiday party gives you the opportunity to see co-workers in a different light and environment. People feel more at ease in the more relaxed party setting. They have the chance to show off their significant others and let their hair down. The bonds made at parties can help people look forward to coming to work on Monday and make it easier to collaborate with new colleagues. 3.) Ugly sweater Contest While ugly sweater parties are a relatively new holiday tradition for many, they are a fun way to get into the spirit of the season with your coworkers. Have a contest with different categories like 'ugliest,' 'funniest,' or 'most festive.' You can even up the ante and add small prizes to bring out the competitive side of your employees. 4.) Holiday bonuses Every company is on a different schedule, but if the end of your quarter happens to fall at the end of December, it can be extra meaningful to employees to receive their bonus right around the holidays. Money can get tight as people try to buy gifts for all of their loved ones, and fund any last minute holiday travel. A performance management system like Objectives can help you pay all of your employees the bonus they deserve accurately and on time. 5.) Multi-cultural potluck A multicultural potluck where everyone of different can show off famous dishes from their family's background is a great way to get to know your co-workers. While a traditional holiday potluck is fun as well, giving employees the opportunity to share traditions from their own household starts great conversations and gives people a chance to try new foods they normally wouldn't have during the holidays.