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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