As the year comes to close there’s almost always one thing you can count on – a holiday office party. Parties should be fun but this often turns into a dreaded event for managers, employees and the HR department alike. Those in charge don’t want to break the bank, the employees don’t want the party to be lame, and the HR department doesn’t want to have to fire anyone after the fact. We’ve come up with ideas that cover all three bases.
Who? – To minimize cost, the company could choose to allot each department a set dollar amount to spend on a holiday event. To liven up the party, you could allow employees to bring a guest. You could also invite clients to help ensure everyone is on their best behavior.
What? – Throwing a potluck can save cash. Setting up a make-shift bar and serving mocktails or sparkling grape juice adds holiday magic. Finally, a decorate-your-own gingerbread man station should be HR approved without any problem.
When? – Whenever you want. During normal business hours ensures the best attendance, after hours allows more freedom. You can always take a vote!
Where? – It is a party after all. Why not go out? Go ice skating, or even just to a coffee shop. It involves less planning, feels more like a real break and HR can breathe a bit easier when you are offsite,, especially if alcoholic beverages are being served.
Why? – So the company can say “thanks” to you for showing up and doing what you do day in and day out. HR shouldn’t mind as long as the event is titled a “holiday party” or better yet an “end of year celebration.”
How? – Put your bulletin boards and whiteboards to good use. Have employees sign up to help with planning, decorating, and more. The more people pitch in the more likely the end result will be an economical, fun and safe event.
~Kathleen Sales, Quartet Blog Author & Editor