Stereotypically, holiday parties are known for being boring and not well-attended. What should be an exciting time of year is dreaded by many because of bad food, awkward conversations, and boring activities. Instead, holiday parties should be used as a tool for CEOs and leaders to team build or just simply relax and forget about the stresses of work for a night. Create the opposite of a boring holiday party with delicious food, great activities, and memories employees will talk about for months to come until next year’s holiday party.
Hold the Party During Business Hours
People already have a full calendar of events during this time of year, so scheduling yet another event will add to their stress level. Or, employees simply won’t attend. Schedule the party during business hours so everyone can attend and employees will feel like they get a bit of extra time off. If you’re set on having the party outside of set business hours, let employees bring a guest, don’t make the party mandatory, and make the party location close to the office.
Enjoy Good Food
Potlucks can be done throughout the year for smaller events, but leave them behind for the holiday party. Splurge on a catered meal if the budget allows, or bring staff to a nice restaurant. Be sure to consider dietary restrictions, too. You may have team members that follow strict vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, or kosher diets, and they deserve to have an enjoyable meal too.
Plan Fun Activities
The holiday party is a great time to promote team-building. We’re not talking about the standard team-building activities you do during regular meetings. Build competitive excitement and good team collaboration with creative activities. Try an escape room, murder mystery party, or a culinary competition. Or, make the holiday party exciting by taking staff to a show or museum for a unique experience.
Stick to a Budget
If budget is an issue, you can still throw a fun party. Opt for lower-budget activities, like cookie decorating, a bake-off, or an ugly sweater competition. Even bowling could be a fun option, with team members having the option to go out together afterward. A white elephant gift exchange is another affordable, yet fun activity that everyone can participate in.