Since when did so many people get the “bah humbug” spirit when it comes to their company’s holiday party? Sure employees are busy this time of year and everyone has heard the stories of parties running out of food or someone enjoying the open bar a little too much – but the reality is, holiday parties are a great way to boost office moral and mingle with coworkers you normally don’t run into between 9 and 5. If you’re planning a corporate holiday party this year, here are just a few ways to make sure your party is a hit!
Theme: When was the last time you got to dress like you were going to a masquerade ball or Christmas in July party? The point of a holiday party is to break away from the normal work day environment, so get creative. If you’re on the fence about a theme, send out a questionnaire to your employees or ask them to vote on their favorite theme.
Superlatives: Have employees anonymously send in superlatives or “most likely to” awards for each other. Employees might be praised throughout the year for their work accomplishments, but this is the chance to get a little more creative. Don’t be afraid to have fun with it and hand out the “most likely to oversleep,” “best hair,” and “office clown” awards.
Food & Drinks: Everyone’s diet is different, so try to make sure you get plenty of diverse food that will accommodate people who are gluten free, vegetarian, lactose intolerant, etc. And when it comes to the bar, no matter how you chose to celebrate, just make sure everyone knows what to expect so they can plan accordingly. Make sure employees know if it will be a cash bar, if it’s just beer and wine or if it is fully open.
Games: After greetings have ended and everyone has found their seat and settled in, there can be a bit of a lull (because let’s face it – no one wants to be the first one on the dance floor). Keep guests entertained from the moment they walk in with games or raffles.
Give a Gift: Say your final thank you for a year well done with a personalized gift from the company. Whether it’s something practical, like an external battery or something a little more relaxed like personalized wine glasses, employees are sure to love the gesture.
“The way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers.” — Richard Branson
Your employees work hard all year, so take this night to really show them how much you appreciate their contributions to the company.
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‘Tis the season for office holiday parties, and with December around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start planning yours! End of the year holiday events help boost company morale, bring employees together, and allow everyone let loose after a long year of hard work and have some fun. That being said, here are some tips and tricks to help you create an office holiday party your employees and clients will never forget.
You have many options when it comes to choosing a theme – masquerade, casino night, or “ugly sweater parties,” to name a few. Try to incorporate the theme throughout the night as much as possible – from the decorations to the games. You can even ask people to dress up – employees love a chance to drop their business attire and let their creative side show!
Instead of telling the employees about the party through word of mouth, send out an invitation. Whether it be an e-invite or a personalized letter in the mail – people love to be invited, personally!
Want to make everyone happy? Make sure to provide them with a variety of the best food and drinks all night long. Large amount of vegan/vegetarians? Have a table for the meat-free entrees. Half of the company hates seafood? Sliders are a sure shot way to make everyone happy.
Go one step beyond your iPhone photos and hire a professional. Update your blog and website with pictures from the night. Clients enjoy seeing the real people behind the employees and the company. This also allows everyone to enjoy their night without worrying if their blurry phone photos will make the cut for the company blog. Bonus Tip: Create a hashtag for the party so everyone, including present and future clients, can look back on your fun night with ease.
No matter the size of the company, a holiday party is the perfect time to recognize employees and their achievements. Think outside of the box – keep some of the awards serious but also fun! Some options include, “Best Dressed,” “Most likely to…” or “It’s 5 o’Clock Somewhere.” This can bring the employees together in a more casual and personal way.
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