Holiday seasons are notoriously stressful. Why not reward your staff with an office holiday party to rejuvenate morale?
Having an office party doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate, the main goal should simply be to celebrate the hard work of your employees in order to boost team spirit. In addition to alleviating some of the seasonal stress that can threaten health, your workers will feel rejuvenated and empowered to continue striving for excellence. Here are some ideas to help your holiday be fun and stress-free!
Take Your Team Out
Consider bonding with your team outside the confines of the everyday office. Not only will this serve as a nice change of setting but will also help your team escape the pressures of the season. By removing yourselves from the office, you and the team will leave your stressors behind for a period of time and then return refreshed.
When thinking of where to take the team, lunch or dinner is always a good option. Several local restaurants like The County Cork Wine Pub offer specific deals for private parties that you can use to your advantage. An event like this also shows your team that you greatly value their work and want to celebrate the communal success of your business.
Remember, a party is a celebration, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you must be confined to a single location. If you wanted to take advantage of the winter season, why not have a group outing to take in some of the seasonal sites. You could also arrange carpools and take your team to watch a Christmas-themed movie or take your office on a walking tour of city Christmas lights before returning to the office for a shared meal. Be sure to check for seasonal events in your area and plan ahead.
Party in the Office
More often than not, planning an out-of-office event might use up too many resources and be racked with scheduling conflicts. If you have to have a party in the office building, this is totally fine. In truth, this would be an easier option and allow you lots of party options. The key to remember is to make the party focused on celebration, distract your employees from their worries with games, food, and music.
Food can be easily ordered and arrayed for a kind of buffet, or you can have a communal meal. With everyone present, you can play word games, tell stories together, and even exchange gifts. You could even invite the families of your employees to the party for a laid back all-inclusive event.
Music will add a nice ambiance to the scene as well. Whether you choose to have a holiday playlist going on or hire a live band, music will be a nice change to the constant drumming of fingers on keyboards. Make sure you arrange the appropriate amount of space to accommodate those gathered. The last thing you want is a cramped party.
No matter what kind of activities you arrange, or location you choose for your party, just make sure the emphasis is on the team. After all, part of the seasonal spirit, and leading a business generally, is that you get to be around good people!