Company events are incredibly important for your branding, team unity, and getting closer to your corporate agenda. The problem, however, lies in the fact that not all of your employees will be as enthusiastic about the company holiday party as you are. For a lot of employees, this will be seen as a chore, which means that they’ll either try to skip them or attend with a completely negative mindset to begin with. Fortunately, with some creative thinking on your part, there is so much that you can do in order to make a fun company holiday party that your employees will actually enjoy. Here are several ideas that you need to keep in mind.
• Outside-of-the-box teambuilding
One of the things you need to keep in mind is the importance of a proper teambuilding activity for your team. However, instead of going for the outdated trust fall exercise, you can go for something a lot more game-like. For instance, there’s no reason why your employees won’t get split into two (or several groups) and compete in a Family Feud-like contest. Other than this, playing classic board games or holiday memory game can be just as rewarding. Not to mention that there is always an option of starting a secret Santa tradition in your workplace.
• A costume party
There are so many reasons why costume parties are such a great idea for a Holiday party. First of all, they help your team get in the right mindset and embrace the spirit of the Holidays. Second, it makes them take an active effort in preparing for the party, which will make your team take ownership of the events that are occurring. Another thing you need to take into consideration is the fact that the party may take place in the office space. In this scenario, some of your employees may feel uneasy, mostly due to the fact that it’s the place that they associate with hard work and dedication. Fortunately, by throwing a costume party, you can help them avert the need for this.
• Reinvent your entertainment
When it comes to office party entertainment, the majority of people think about good music and alcoholic beverages in terms of entertainment. Sure, this can work; however, why not go one step further and hire a professional DJ or an illusionist? Why not take your entertainment extra seriously and try to think outside-of-the-box? For instance, instead of playing a presentation that you’ve prepared on a projector, you can try relying on the visuals so much more. For instance, you can rent a 9D Mobile Cinema and provide your employees with an immersive experience of a lifetime.
• Volunteer together
Naturally, it’s not obligatory that your company holiday takes place in your office or at any such venue for that matter. The spirit of Christmas is all about giving back, especially to those who are less fortunate than you are. A company that volunteers together stays together, and by getting a chance to demonstrate your more humane side to your employees and the world, you’ll create a far better image of your corporate values. Needless to say, this is something that you definitely need to take into consideration.
• Family day at the office
Finally, holidays are the time of the year when people are supposed to spend some time together with their family. This is why starting a family day at the office tradition might be a great idea. First of all, it gives your employees a chance to display your office to their loved ones and take a sense of pride over the ownership of the workplace. Second, it gives them a chance to form a family tradition of their own and be assisted in doing so. Keep in mind that this is something that they’ll come to be thankful off, regardless if they’re aware of it at the moment or not.
At the end of the day, knowing how to throw a fun and meaningful party has benefits that go far beyond the current holiday season. A successful this year’s project will, beyond doubt, increase the next year’s attendance. This way, you will make an even more significant impact than you’ve originally intended to.