Planning an office get together this time of year is always easier said than done. While sometimes it can seem to be more of a drag than it’s worth, a holiday party can be a good employee morale booster.
Deciding when and where to the hold the party often takes the most time. You must decide if the party will take place in the office, maybe at the cafeteria, or maybe your CEO wants treat employees’ to lunch at a local restaurant, or dinner and dancing at a grand hall over the weekend.
Then you have to ask yourself, if the event will be formal, possibly during the evening, or a more casual gathering mid day, will employees be allowed to bring guests, or even their children? Will you do a holiday gift swap? Will you serve alcohol? Will you provide transportation?
Now, that I have your head spinning; here are some helpful hints to make your office holiday party planning less stressful and more enjoyable, in this order:
Keep lines of communication open with the decision makers and create fixed deadlines for the planning decisions;
First priority is to determine and get approval for your budget. This will help to quickly determine the location, food and drink options, and number of guests the party will be extended to (i.e. family members);
Once these items are finalized, to choose a neutral, non-religious, holiday theme;
Remember to pick a date that does not conflict with any traditional holiday dates (i.e. Hanukah, Christmas Eve, Kwanzaa, New Years Eve, just to name a few);
Last but not least, parties do not need to take place in the month of December. Sometimes planning a party for after the busiest month of the year makes the event more relaxing and enjoyable for all.
Most of all, remember that your employees, colleagues, and friends do not have any preconceived notions as to what type of party should be thrown. Plan your event with thought and spirit and everyone will enjoy themselves!