Monday, April 7, 2014

Organising a party for your employees

Well, aren’t you a great boss? Throwing a party is a great way to reward your employees and get to know everyone a bit better. It might not be Christmas, but who says it has to be the holidays to treat your hard-working staff?

Being given the job of organising the work night out is daunting enough, but planning an entire party is another thing altogether – especially if you want to make a good impression.

Here are five top tips if you’re starting to panic about pulling together the social event of the year and keeping your business running at the same time.

1.     Plan ahead

You would think it goes without saying, but if you want to keep on top of your business and plan a party, you’re going to need plenty of time. Leaving everything until the last minute is never a good idea, so don’t be afraid to kick things off a couple of months before the event.

2.     Set the date

Unless you want to spend the evening celebrating by yourself, set the date as soon as possible. This will give your employees plenty of time to slot it into their busy social diaries.

3.     Budget

You might want to do everything to impress your employees with the party of the year, but splashing out on champagne and luxury canap├ęs might be more than your budget can take. Think about how much you’re spending and make sure you don’t end up with a financial hangover. However, don’t be afraid to take advantage of a small business card if you’re waiting for invoices to clear.

4.     Location

While it might be okay to throw a casual after work event in the canteen, is that what you really want for this special event? Research party locations and see if you can find somewhere unique. Not only will you be remembered for being a great boss, but your party will go down a storm too.

5.     Entertainment

The last thing you want is a group of bored guests. As with any party, the entertainment is key as it will also set the mood. Booking karaoke might seem like fun, but it could also end up being a bit cheesy. Think about whether you want the night to be formal, casual, fun or elegant – and don’t be afraid to think outside the box.

These ideas should get your creative juices flowing and allow you to give your employees the recognition they deserve.

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  1. We used to have office parties all of the time at my former employer. Then the recession hit so that stopped to save money. But since the economy has turned back around, they still never brought them back. It's a shame because even though it was a little thing, it still was a nice gesture to show they cared.

    1. Interesting that they haven't started the parties again. It is a small thing, but it is still nice.

  2. I think even doing something during work hours is a nice gesture and makes employees feel good.

    1. I agree. A couple of my bosses sometimes bought everyone lunch or would surprise us with out favourite cake etc. It was a small gesture, but really nice.

  3. At my current school, our "parties" take place in the library and are catered by a local taco joint. Yep - I think that's about the extent of a soiree after work. :)

  4. Always nice to have occasional office parties to show appreciation. Though once as a manager I was expected to help pay, without being made aware up front. That wasn't too fun!


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