Everybody loves a party, right? While this may be generally the case, it may not always hold true for company parties. A recent study showed that over half of employees did not look forward to their company holiday party. Yet, the opportunity to unwind and relax with co-workers is a great way to boost morale and encourage employee engagement. So how do you plan a party that employees will actually want to attend? Here are our top tips:
Start Planning Now
Poor planning makes the party, and by extension, the employees, feel like an afterthought. If you want to hold a company party, the best time to start planning is right now. A well-thought out party can easily take months, sometimes a full year, to plan. Don't put it off. The better you plan, the better the party will be.
Choose a Goal or Theme
Parties are a chance to celebrate, so what are you celebrating? Is it a company anniversary or are you acknowledging a specific achievement? Commemorating an important company date is the perfect opportunity to recognize specific teams and employees with an award. If the goal is to reward all employees for exceptional work at the close of the fiscal year, on the other hand, consider a raffle or random prizes alongside other fun activities.
Of course, a holiday party doesn't have to specifically celebrate a particular achievement. It can simply be a time to celebrate each other and have fun together! Coming up with a holiday theme and including décor and activities to match can make your party shine.
Don't Skimp on the Food and Beverage
Obviously, every party has a budget that you'll need to follow and the food and beverage component is often the most expensive line item. The theme of your event will help to determine the appropriate type of food. For a more casual family-themed party, you may consider a holiday breakfast or lunch buffet. If you are hosting a more elegant event, however, the fare should naturally be more upscale. It is always best to work with your venue to discuss your theme and goals. Here at the Otesaga Resort, our meeting staff will work with you to create customized menus ideal that will wow your guests and make your party a success.