Bringing in refreshments and beer and having a party at the office is a lacklustre event. Of course, you need to work within your budget, but it needs to be exciting and thrilling. An office Christmas party is a perfect opportunity to show your employees how much you appreciate them.
In the era of covid, party planning can be a difficult process, but you must still persevere. If your employees have had a particularly good year with sales, helping you get a good oil profit. Or if they have exceeded expectations, a Christmas office party is a must.
Start looking and book early
Popular venues tend to fill up long before Christmas comes around, sometimes even months in advance. With covid affecting everything, people are even more determined to book early. Make sure to start booking as soon as you can to get the best possible venue.
Try and plan for a Friday or Saturday, so that employees can really get into the swing of things. The other benefit is that they won’t have to worry about work the next day.
Have a change of scenery
A party in the office might be all that you can afford, but if possible, you should strive to leave the office. A change of scenery can go a long way to lift spirits, especially with how things are now due to restrictions. People feel boxed in and want to have a change of pace. It also will help make a memorable event where your employees feel respected.
Find something memorable and unique
A traditional Christmas party is always a favourite but having something themed can be fun as well. A theme can bring fun and excitement to the event, and really get your employees excited. Maybe plan some events and games to go along with it to get everyone socialising and enjoying themselves.
Be careful with the music
If retail knows how to do one thing, it’s to start playing Christmas songs far too early and to play them excessively. We all get sick of hearing them, so it’s a good idea to limit the amount of Christmas songs you use. It’s a Christmas party, so we already know it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Keep the Christmas music until the moods are at their merriest.
If you can fit it into your budget, consider hiring a DJ.
Get delicious food.
One of the best parts of Christmas is the food. Such flavours and tastes come around only once a year. Stuffing, pigs in blankets, a delicious roast turkey, or even if it’s just nibbles, they all feel special. There’s always excitement around the food at Christmas, behind all the presents and the get-togethers.
Make sure you plan this ahead of time as well. Christmas food can be difficult to get in large quantities, so start planning it out before the event.