Holiday parties provide several opportunities for your staffers to mix and mingle away from the office, and they can help increase employee engagement. Coworkers will have fun meeting significant others or friends, and people in different departments or at different locations will be able to connect and get to know one another better.
Here are some tips for throwing a great end-of-the-year party to celebrate the accomplishments of your organization and your team:
If you have to talk about work, make it short!
Holiday parties allow you to become better acquainted with your employees and the people in their lives. Congratulating your team for a great year is fine, but going into details about projects or client requests should be avoided. There will always be time to discuss work when you and your team are back in the office.
Have fun with your coworkers
There are several ways you can interject fun at your staff holiday party. Make a list of things your team members will likely enjoy during the event. Whether you exchange gifts, set up a photo booth or invite carolers to sing to the group, encourage your employees to have a good time. Plan a few exciting surprises to have your employees talking well throughout the new year.
Limit the amount of alcohol you provide
Not that you can’t have a good time without alcohol, but offering employees of legal age a drink is generally part of the holiday festivities. Protect your party committee and your employees by providing your guests with no more than two drinks. Getting sloppy at the company party—whether it’s a seasoned manager or a recent hire—isn’t a win for anyone. If you’re serving alcohol, it’s also important to be aware of how each of your employees is getting home, especially if some decide to spend their own money on extra drinks.
Let them know they are appreciated
Make sure that a portion of your holiday party is spent recognizing the efforts your employees have made throughout the year. Appreciating your employees is an important part of the event, and there are a number of ways you can show your gratitude. Some examples include a toast highlighting specific accomplishments made by staff, giving each employee a gift card, and presenting awards to staffers in various categories related to work.
For more holiday planning ideas for your employees, please call a member of CAI’s Advice and Counsel Team at 919-878-9222 or 336-668-7746.
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