With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about throwing your office holiday parties. As a leader, manager or owner of a business, your employees and team members are going to look to you for how to address the holiday season in the workplace. While this can be exciting, it can also be overwhelming if you want your employees to have a great holiday experience with their coworkers but you aren’t sure how to facilitate that. So to help you get everyone in the holiday spirit, here are three tips for throwing an unforgettable office holiday party.
Act Like The Host
There’s nothing worse as an employee than having a confusing, uncomfortable and lackluster holiday party. And for some parties, it seems like no matter how much the employees want to enjoy themselves, the whole atmosphere just isn’t conducive to having a good time.
To help with this, Rebecca Klein, a contributor to RachaelRayMag.com, recommends treating your office holiday party as if it’s your own personal holiday party. This means you treat your employees and their guests like you would if you were throwing this party at home with your own friends and loved ones. Simply by changing your frame of mind about the party, the whole mood and atmosphere of the party will become more welcoming and enjoyable.
Keep The Food and Drinks Coming
One of the biggest draws for office parties is the free food and drinks. Knowing this, it’s important that you get enough food and beverages for everyone to enjoy without feeling uneasy about quantity. Also, you should be aware of your employees’ dietary needs or personal circumstances regarding foods and drinks. The editors of AllBusiness.com suggest including vegetarian or other options applicable to your specific group of people. It may also be a good idea to leave out alcohol or provide a plethora of other drink options if you know one of your employees struggles with alcohol use.
Be Considerate of People’s Schedules
While throwing your party after office hours will help you make the most of working hours during the busy holiday season, it’s important to be considerate of your employees’ schedules if you’re throwing a holiday party for them. Claire Zulkey, a contributor to FastCompany.com, shares that if you have a number of employees with young children, you may want to hold your party during office hours where childcare is already handled. Another option could be to invite your employees’ families to come as well. Keep in mind that many people are also busy during the holidays, so parties that last all evening may not be what your employees have time for.
Holiday office parties don’t have to be extravagant to be memorable. Simply put in some thought and be considerate of your employees to create a holiday party that will be the talk of the office for months to come.