Holiday office parties are a staple in the American working culture and have been for some time.If you are a business owner, the holiday season is an opportunity to give back to your employees and coworkers to show your appreciation for all their hard work in the previous year.
Throwing an office party is a great way to do this!
A party is a fun way for people to loosen up around one another and spend time with those they work with without actually having to do work.
Depending on how well the party goes, it can also provide a boost to your reputation as a business owner and boss.
Here are 6 tips to help you throw a holiday office party that is sure to impress your employees.
1. Host It At The Office
Booking venues for an event can be a pain, and not to mention expensive.
If you have space at the office, it would best to just have the party there.
Also, your employees at this time are busy with so many events and places to be that having the party at the office will make it so much easier for them to make it.
Not only that but you will most likely get a better turn out if people know they don't have to face traffic to be there.
2. Schedule It During Work Hours
During the holiday season, no one really wants to be stuck at work.
They also do not want to take time out of their time off to come into work, even if it is for a party.
By scheduling the party during work hours your employees will feel special and enjoy the time off.
This is a simple way to make the party even more inviting and giving.
3. Giving Back
For most, sacrificing money or time to give back to someone or something is a good feeling.
Just as you want to give back to your employees with a party, they want an opportunity to give as well.
Every community has opportunities for people to give back.
By using the party to raise money for a cause or maybe a toy drive, you make it less about you and more about giving.
This will evoke strong feelings of positivity and happiness across the company.
4. Party Favors They Will Actually Use
Office parties usually end with people going home with something they didn't want and will never use.
To impress the guests and leave everyone happy, ditch the games and go with practical favors they could actually benefit from.
Depending on the culture of the office, the best gift could vary.
If your holiday office parties usually involve alcohol then maybe a good favor is a recovery kit for the next morning, or maybe you buy each employee a free ride with a driving service to help them get home safely, on your dime.
Think carefully about the people you are buying for and find something creative and useful they will use and not just throw away when they get home.
5. Cater To Your Employees
Probably the most important and tasty part of an office party is the food.
The easiest and most efficient way to feed everyone is to get the party catered.
Remember that this party is not for you but your employees, so don't just go off your taste buds to decide what will be served.
Talk to a caterer well in advance to get options of what could be served.
Take a company poll of the options to find out what your employees want to eat.
They will respect you for letting them decide and it will make them feel like the party is really for them and not just another business dinner or lunch.
6. Dress Up Or Down
Every company has a different outlook on dress codes.
Some require a suit and tie every day while others don't care what you wear as long as you get your work done.
No matter the policy, people like to change how they are perceived by coworkers at non-work work events like a holiday office party.
If your employees are always dressing up, let them dress down for the party and if they are never dressed up, encourage them to dress up a little.
Another fun idea would be to ask them to wear something seasonal and festive, like an ugly holiday sweater.
Go Home, Party's Over
A really well put together holiday office party has the potential to leave a lasting impression on your employees and set the precedent for parties to come.
By making your party a personalized experience for your company, you are communicating your appreciation in a way that means something to them.
In the season of giving, it is important to take the time to plan out something your employees won't forget.
Take these tips to heart and give your employees the party they deserve.
Why not jazz up the party by having everyone's favorite seasonal meals? Catering Tyler offers a delicious home-cooked seasonal menu that even comes with FREE Pumpkin Pie!