All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. That is why every once in a while you should take a break from work, but not just a weekend to relax, but really to loosen up a bit. Company parties are not only a great way to take your mind of work but also to get to know your colleagues better, as well as their families. So to make your employees more motivated to work by planning an office party, there are a couple of things you should have in mind, before deciding on any specifics.
Decide on a Budget
The first and the most important thing when planning a party, like in everything you do, is to calculate how much you can actually spend on it. Especially in a holiday season, you might have a lot of expenses, which will not leave you with enough to plan anything glamorous, but that should not keep you from not organizing it at all. Pay a visit to your accountant, see how much you have, and how much it is wise to spend, and only then decide on the venue, food and drinks. Just remember that as an employer, you should never take from your workers’ bonuses and spend on these events, because it is always better to invest in your employees and reward them for their hard work and dedication to the company.
If there is not enough money to book an entire restaurant or a hall and decorate it the way you want to, you can always have a party at the office. It might seem a bit strange to relax from work in a working environment, however, it is always good to perk it up a bit and present it in a different light. That way you can show to your employees that it is not just a hectic office, but it can also be a stress free place where they can have unforgettable fun.
However, if you do plan to book a café or a restaurant, what you also need to think about is how many people you are going to invite, so that you would know exactly how many seats you will be needing. Of course you are going to invite everyone from the office, however, most employers do not stop there, but send out invitations to all the family members of a worker. It is an extremely nice gesture, and shows that you do not only look at someone as good work force, but also as a person, who he is outside the
When you say it like that, it sounds like your kid’s fifth birthday party, expecting to see frozen plates and paper cups, and a princess as an entertainer. However, grown ups can let themselves dress up and put on a mask a couple of times in a year and have fun. Most commonly Halloween is the time when people get themselves costumes even in Australia and pretend to be something else for a night. However, quite recently these types of parties have become popular on other important dates of the year, Christmas, New Year’s, or annual company parties, so try to be creative when deciding on a theme, and always go for different one. It can be jazz age, ‘50s, ‘60s, or that ‘70s, but also sailor or navy themed, does not matter, as long as it evokes creativity from people, and you have a good time.
Even though people will enjoy just a night out away from work, that does not mean that you cannot be a bit more original when it comes to entertaining the guests, and organizing the activities. The best solution turned out to be karaoke machine and a singing contest, that anyone can enter and sing, not only for fun, but maybe even a prize. In the beginning people tend to be shy, but later on all is forgotten, and both those who can and can not sing go up on the stage and have their five minutes of fame.
So do not forget that people always work better if they are in a friendly and stress free environment. That is why from time to time you should organize a party-like event where people can gather, get to know each other better, eat, drink, sing, and generally have fun together with their colleagues, friends, and also families.