Oh, the holidays! The most wonderful time of year — especially for an office party! The annual office holiday party is something I look forward to each year — the fabulous food, dancing, and possibly even some door prizes. It’s a great time to celebrate the company’s accomplishments and reward employees for all their hard work.
I’ve put together 6 tips to help you have a successful office holiday party this year:
- Send out RSVPs. This will give you and your employees an opportunity to save the date amidst a busy holiday season and allow you to plan for your awesome office party. You can send your RSVPs via email, online surveys like Survey Monkey, or another method that works for you.
- Be inclusive. If you are throwing a party, throw it for the whole company, not just one department. After all, we want peace in the office and goodwill toward our co-workers. If employees can invite guests, avoid dictating who they can bring as their plus-one.
- Keep it optional and on-schedule. Not everyone likes to party or will be able to attend, and that’s okay. The goal of the party is to reward your employees, not ensure every employee makes an appearance. If you do require attendance, make sure you are paying your employees for their time.
- Set clear expectations before the party. Ultimately, you are responsible for your employees’ behavior, so you should make sure they are aware that your company’s policies apply even at the office holiday party.
- Don’t have any company policies? Contact MBA. MBA’s Human Resources Department assists MBA’s clients with custom handbook drafting and human resources advice.
- Remember that an office party is not the equivalent of a frat party. Company policies still do apply, so things like drunkenness and inappropriate behavior may result in disciplinary action.
- Have a great time! The office holiday party is an opportunity to celebrate your hard work. Enjoy it.
I hope you have a great holiday season and an awesome office party!