Nowadays, a staggering number of employers host some form of annual office parties for their employees – which is a fantastic thing! However, it is very easy to create an event that lacks sufficient programme or just doesn’t seem to spark enough interest for employees to attend it. If you feel like your company cannot seem to bring people together for such festive purposes, have no fear! All it takes is a little spicing up and thorough planning to engage your office community. Organized office parties are more popular than ever these days so it shouldn’t be a problem to find entertaining, budget-friendly, and inventive online solutions.
Do not necessarily wait for a specific holiday
Office parties are usually held before Christmas or some other widespread seasonal holiday. As logical as it may seem to host one during such calendar occasions, maybe you would do better if you pick a date that is only relevant to your company.
Whether it’s at the beginning of Spring when everyone’s mood is elevated, the midsummer’s even in July before much-anticipated summer breaks, or at the beginning of Fall in September when everyone is getting back to work, try to find a date which provides you with enough opportunities to fill the programme with interesting activities.
Reasons for picking a specific date outside of holiday seasons are many, including cheaper venue reservations, better work/leisure organization, and creating a theme that suits your company’s tastes and preferences. Also, make sure to include your employees in the whole organization process. Ask for their opinions about what they would like to include in the programme so you can make the magic happen together.
There is nothing nobler than giving back to the community. A little humanitarian work goes a long way for your company’s reputation so why not add that component to your celebrations? What’s more, people love when they see collected presents, clothes, toys, and household items piling up on a designated spot in the office because it shows just how much effort was put to make somebody else happy.
Your team can also host a charity event to raise money by engaging employees in sports, crafts, entertainment, or any other performance activities. Not only will charitable events bring joy to those who need it, but they will also help develop bonds among your employees during that process.
Counter culture events
This one depends on your company’s proclivity to humor but sometimes the best solution is to create events that are against cultural norms of celebration. For an example, if you are planning on making a Christmas office party, why not host an ugly sweater contest where the ugliest wearer gets the prize? After months of dedication and hard work, employees will surely love the opportunity to turn things from being serious to downright hilarious.
Pageant festivities which defy your typical celebratory activities are far more engaging than doing things vanilla. Stepping outside of the box will do you good because, well, who doesn’t like to be surprised? Just remember to include company-supplied foods and beverages into the recipe of office fun.
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