The Do’s and Don’ts of Planning Your Office Party
Although most people think of the holidays when they talk about office parties, any time is a good time for an office party. It’s an opportunity for the company to thank and give back to hard-working employees, and it can boost morale and allow your employees to get to know each other better.
When planning your office party, there are a few things to keep in mind:
Do: Invite the Family
Your employees have lives outside of work, and inviting spouses and, if possible, kids to the party is one way to recognize that part of each employee. It can be challenging to find babysitters, so including the family allows all employees to feel welcome, especially if you offer child-friendly games and foods.
Employees who aren’t married can bring a friend. If you want an adults-only party, you could arrange for child care at the event.
Don’t: Make It About Business
It’s a company function, sure, but that doesn’t mean you should talk numbers. This party is a gift to your employees, and you don’t want to give them more work hours by dragging their responsibilities into your event.
Do: Be Clear About Wardrobe and Activities
Some surprises are okay (and fun!), but your employees should not have to guess about what to wear. No one wants to show up in ties or heels if you’re planning physical contests, or in tennis shoes if you’re hosting a formal banquet.
Don’t: Skimp on the Food!
Make sure your menu includes options for those with allergies and dietary restrictions so everyone can walk up to the table and find something delicious to eat.
Do: Recognize Your Employees
Give some awards or at least a short thank you toast to welcome your employees and let them know you’re there to celebrate the hard work they’ve been doing for the company.
Don’t: Insist Upon Participation
Of course, you want all employees to attend, but if they can’t come, they can’t come, and they shouldn’t be shamed for it. That goes for any games or activities during the party, as well. Keep it simple and casual, so people feel welcome to participate, but not forced to join in.
Do: Offer Transportation
Especially if you have an open bar at your party, you want to make sure everyone can get home safely. Consider a bus, shuttle service, or some designated drivers.
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