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Plan Your Company Holiday Party

If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considered his work important.
-Bertrand Russell

It is that time of year again: time to spread the holiday cheer throughout your office and to your clients.

But how do you do that?

Image by Keng Susumpow via Flickr.

Image by Keng Susumpow via Flickr.

There is so much emotion wrapped up in this holiday season that it is hard to know how to please everyone.

Rather than trying to be everything to everyone plan a holiday party that is cheerful and allows your team to relax, be themselves, and have an opportunity to get away from the office.

Here are a few simple tips for planning your holiday party.

  • It doesn’t have to be expensive. While it is a good idea to get out of the office for the Holiday party, that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. Consider happy hour at a local bar or enjoy a casual dinner at a pizza place.
  • Set the date in advance. Many companies establish a date each year for their holiday party such as the second Friday of December or the last day of work before the holiday break. Make sure your team always knows what day the party is so they can plan accordingly.
  • Encourage your team to get into the spirit. Ask your team to wear a festive outfit to the party. Ugly holiday sweater parties are becoming a big hit for a lot of groups, companies, and organizations. Have a contest for the ugliest sweater contest with prizes to encourage participation.
  • Celebrate the season, not the holiday. Today’s workforce is very diverse. While there has been some push back about making holiday parties too generic it is hard to see inclusiveness as a bad thing. Celebrate the end of the year and the team you’re working with.
  • Make the event family friendly. It is up to you whether you want to include children or just partners and spouses, but you should always allow your employees to bring guests. Give everyone a chance to get to know each other a little better.

Your team makes your year successful and this is a great time to show your appreciation. Spend some time creating and event that will be enjoyable by your staff as well as for you.

What kind of holiday parties have you had in the past?

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