Every year, employers have the same problem, how to top last year’s Christmas party.
This event allows you to show your appreciation for your staff’s hard work all year, and allows them interact with their colleagues in a stress-free environment.
The problem is that many office parties end up being total duds, with people sitting around and counting down to the most appropriate moment to leave.
However, a great Christmas party can set the mood for the entire year, with co-workers reliving the experience through stories, and anticipating next year’s soiree.
How do you throw this ultimate bash?
With these strategies!
Ditch The Formality
Many employers invest thousands of pounds to put on a formal event for their employees.
While a few staffers may appreciate this gesture, most people despise these types of parties.
They have to find something to wear, and then spend time and money at the hair or nail salon.
Instead of putting this needless pressure on your team members, plan for a fun and casual event.
The end of the year is already a time when most of us sit down with family and friends for long dinners, so why not plan something to get your employees on their feet?
You should maybe consider something left-field, such as a Segway tour, high ropes course or bowling.
It’s hard to carve out time to dedicate to planning an event when your work-related tasks are never-ending, but doing so can make a significant difference in the quality and price of your event.
First, finding a venue is typically the hardest task, as most places get booked well before the holidays.
It is a good idea to start looking for a venue at least five to six months before December, when you still have options.
Waiting until November will leave you scrambling with few choices, most of which will have inflated their prices by this time.
Second, most successful events are packed with small details that take time to prepare.
From themed decorations to games or employee awards, you will need to sit down and plan down to the minutiae to make sure everything is perfect.
Create A Budget
Creating and sticking to an itemised budget will help you stay on track to make sure you can pay for everything you are planning on.
A common pitfall in event planning is spending the majority of the funds on the venue, but then having next to nothing left over for food and drinks, activities and other decorations.
The first step is allocating an overall budget for the entire event that you are comfortable with.
The second step involves getting estimates for all the items involved and picking the most suitable and affordable options.
The third step is getting an accurate headcount; and, finally, managing the budget to make sure all the required details are covered.
Head of Training and Development
Originally published: 14 November, 2016