A survey conducted by Challenger, Grey and Christmas, Inc. on corporate employee behavior has shown that almost all employees of any given organization are ready to get their party face on during the holiday season which dawns after a dozen months of hard work. Employers too have realized the importance of giving an opportunity for the workforce to let loose at least once a year, and the corporate budget allocation for holiday parties has significantly increased over the past few years. If you are an employer who wants to throw the best company holiday party in town, here are a few tips to help you out.
Set the date
Picking a date for a party, during the holiday season is tricky, because everyone is busy with family commitments and shopping excursions, and they might not have a minute to spare. Let them know about the party as early as possible, and get to know a date and a time that fits the schedule of the majority. Holding the party during office hours is an excellent solution to avoid competing with your employees’ holiday obligations towards external parties.
Turn the venue into a “winter wonderland” by investing the proper amount of time and effort on decorations as the atmosphere is what will keep the crowd pleased. You don’t necessarily have to spend a huge amount of money on the decorations. Simply transforming the surrounding to a festive environment that all the employees can enjoy, irrespective of their race or religion is enough. Provide them with door gifts before they leave, so they’ll have a souvenir to cherish the event for the rest of their lives.
Good food and good drinks is a crucial aspect for any great celebration. In addition to these, organize a bunch of fun filled activities such as raffle draws, games, and prizes to keep the spirits of the guests high. If you are planning to give away rewards for these activities, be sure to make them something that your employees value. As a cooperate body, it would be fitting to reward them with customized pens that they will find useful in serving your very organization in a more productive manner. And wait till the end of the event to draw the prizes as this gives incentive for the guests to remain till the very end.
Pick the right venue
If you hold the celebration at a place far away from the office on a workday, it might discourage certain individuals to attend because of traffic, time constraints or simply because they are too tired. Try to choose a venue close by, all the while, giving priority to the size of the crowd, catering and bar facilities. Better yet, if your office premises itself is capable of hosting the event, why look any further? Plus, this will eliminate any venue related costs, which you can allocate for decorations or refreshments.