I’ve been hearing a lot about company Holiday Parties recently. My husband’s company is taking the staff out to a nice catered lunch on a Friday and letting them leave following the lunch. A friend’s company is doing something similar, but as an evening event instead. The reactions to both (through my husband and friend) are very positive. One is open to spouses or significant others while the other is not. If you’re considering some sort of Holiday event, check out a few ideas:
1. Be reasonable. If you cannot afford to throw a Holiday Party, don’t ask employees to pay to attend. It’s an expensive time of year for everyone. Instead, thank them for a year of hard work with some hot chocolate, cider and cookies (or fruit and veggies) one afternoon. This would be an especially nice employee Holiday treatfor those working outside.
2. Think ahead. If you are going to go all out and throw a Holiday Party off-site consider where something could go wrong. Serving alcohol? Implement last call and have a few taxis waiting just in case.
3. Make it meaningful. Consider foregoing an event and offer employees an afternoon off (with pay) to do some Holiday shopping, baking or simply to de-stress. This could be a nice option for those who need staff coverage. Allow one person per afternoon off in each department.
4. Be creative. Here’s an interesting one…buy a gaming console for the company. A laugh throughout the workday, especially during the Holidays, can really ease employee stressand in turn increase productivity.
What do you have planned for this year?
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