How does your organization plan on communicating your appreciation as this year comes to a close?
Typically, company parties are highly anticipated by employees but somewhat stressful for planners. During the holiday season, some organizations hire outside help or appoint committees to plan these kind of company events. Hosting, feeding, and entertaining employees is not for the faint of heart, especially if your organization has a large number of workers. Many factors come into play when organizing these events: size, interests, budget, and timing. Year’s end festivities can be stressful to plan, but are a fantastic way to bring co-workers together to celebrate company accomplishments and allow organizations to show appreciation for their employees. Definitely worth it. Holiday parties are also a great way to boost morale and strengthen company culture.
Here are a few ideas to help you with your holiday planning endeavors at work:
1. Choose a unique theme – and go all out!
Decide on a theme that will entice your attendees. How about a Turkey-bowl for Thanksgiving? Or maybe a popular Holiday movie will do the trick around Christmas? A Christmas Story, The Santa Clause, The Nightmare before Christmas? Pick one, get your staff pumped up and run with it! Get excited.
2. When choosing the menu – think outside of the box.
Most people will be expecting the usual holiday goods – potluck, cookies, chips, candy. Do something different! To switch things up, cater t0 the unexpected. For example, A Christmas Story theme? What about Chinese food? Got employees from around the globe? Have them bring in their favorite home-styled holiday dish.
Get engaged with your employees! Play games, get a company photo with Santa and his elves, maybe even hire a DJ or jazz band. Turn the office into a dance floor or karaoke hall. The possibilities are endless!
4. Give personalized gifts
Calendars, pens, thermos, business card holders – whatever it may be, order these for your employees with personalized messages or their names. Show each individual that they are appreciated.
5. Get the party out of the office.
You see the office every day. Change up the scenery and take the party elsewhere. Book a conference hall or restaurant dining area (just remember to do this a couple weeks in advance, as many places will be busy during the holiday seasons).
We hope this list will provide you with some ideas for your next Holiday party! Tell us, what are some of your company’s favorite holiday traditions?
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