Holiday office parties are meant to be enjoyable events, but planning holiday office parties can be anything but enjoyable. We have assembled this office party planning guide to help you create the best office holiday party your coworkers have ever attended! Read through the 6 steps below and let us know if we can help.
- Get Your Budget Set – Before you do anything else, figure out what your budget is for the holiday party. A tight budget will eliminate many of your options in terms of catering, venue, and party accessories while a larger budget will allow you to outsource some of those responsibilities.
- Assemble a Crack Team of Holiday Helpers! – There is no need to go it alone. Many employees will volunteer to help out when a party is on the line. Working overtime on a Sunday? You’re probably still on your own there.
- Choose a Location – You and your team spends 40 hours a week in the office. Sometimes it is nice to change the scenery up and have the party at a venue. A venue like The Franciscan Event Center is a more relaxed and suitable environment to enjoy a holiday party. Remember, the party is supposed to be fun, not be a chore for the employees! Plus, as an added bonus, we’ll do the cleanup!
- Skip the Potluck – Not only is a potluck a pain to organize, it is a pain for the very employees you are trying to reward with a holiday party. Even if you have a smaller budget, consider using a catering company such as That Personal Touch Catering to provide the food for your party. We have lots of catering options that fit every budget. Just let us know how many people you are serving and we’ll take care of the rest.
- Careful of the Theme – Be aware of employee diversity if you decide to have a theme. Take employee religious beliefs into consideration when planning. The goal is to unify and reward the staff, not to alienate certain workers.
- Plan Activities – Have some fun activities planned for the party. Games are great icebreakers and are a way to reward the staff. Teambuilding activities will help bring your company closer. This is also a perfect time to recognize teams and individuals for service through awards and shout outs.
Although the holiday office party should mainly be about fun, office parties will develop stronger employee relationships, greater team unity, and lift company moral. Remember that however you decide to have your office party, your employees/coworkers deserve the best and so do you.