The holidays aren’t the only time for office parties, there are other reasons for office get togethers like retirements, celebrating a company milestone or some other success. But the holidays present unique challenges for those tasked with organizing a company event. Since there are so many parties and events being planned during this time, it helps to know what you’re doing. If you’re the lucky one designated or volunteering to do the job, here are some helpful tips.
Pick a convenient date for your event. Give people plenty of notice so that they can make arrangement, especially if your affair is around the holiday season. Consider having it during office hours, that makes it easier for people to be available.
If your get together is out of the office, try to pick a location near to the office. There are plenty of restaurants with meeting or gathering rooms just for occasions like yours. If you decide to do it in the office, try to make the area more party like by removing business related items as much as possible.
Food and drink are definitely a big consideration that can make or break a party. Food and beverages should include the full range of your staff’s dietary needs and preferences. including a line at the bottom of the party invitation where people can write in any special dietary needs they might have can be a nice touch. Just make sure there’s plenty of everything to go around.
Sometimes it’s a good idea to recommend what attire is expected. It may seem obvious to most, but some people will appreciate the information. To ensure your staff can relax and have fun don’t make it formal unless the occasion really calls for it.
If there will be alcohol available at your party, it is very important is to make plans in case someone parties a little too much. You should always use caution if there will be alcohol at a work sponsored event. Have rides available, or make other transportation arrangement for those who may need it.
Hopefully some of these tips will help you have a memorable and safe office party.