If you’ve been considering throwing an office party but don’t know where to start, then keep reading! We have created the ultimate guide to throwing the perfect office Christmas party and why it will be worthwhile for both your employees and your business.
A party is the perfect way to say thank you for all the hard work that your employees have put in over the past year. This gives everyone a chance to let their hair down and spend some quality time together having fun!
If your employees are happy and motivated it will benefit your business for the year ahead. Have a read of our blog; Happy Employees, Happy Business.
Having all of your staff in the same room at the same time doesn’t happen very often, so use this time for some fun activities which will incorporate your company’s brand messages and ethos which will keep your brand values at the forefront of people’s mind for the coming year.
Encouraging employees of all levels in the company to mix will not only boost morale, but also remove any negative hierarchy which is set in most industries. Your managers will therefore seem more approachable and can then encourage more open conversations back in the office.
A good party will be one of the most talked about things in the office throughout the year until it is time for the next one to come along. A positive event such as the Christmas party is a perk of the job and will increase staff retention, build long-lasting relationships and increase job satisfaction.
Before you start your venue enquiries, make sure that you have a date set. If you're trying to organise a festive gathering and the team's diaries are constantly clashing, how about considering a festive lunch instead? Then, get your budget set as this will help you to narrow down the options. You could also consider a late party - December is a busy time for all, so by waiting until January not only will it be a calmer time in the diary but it will also give your team something to look forward to, as well as adding flexibility on availability and competitive pricing.
When considering venues, you will need to think about a number of factors including the type of party you want to have, which will mainly depend on the demographic of your guests. Do you need overnight accommodation or at least the option of? Will you be looking for a set menu? Is there easy access to public transport or a local taxi service? Be sure to visit the venue beforehand to ensure that it meets your expectations and try the food where possible.
Make sure that you give organise your party with plenty of time, Christmas is the busiest time of the year for many so diaries will be booked up well in advance. Some people may need to arrange childcare or move around other commitments. Organising early will also give you plenty of time to collect deposits if needed.
Now that everyone has the details, it’s time to get excited! There will soon be a buzz of everyone talking about it and planning their outfits. Be sure to hold a few details back though, to leave some things as a surprise for the night of the party!
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