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Planning a Christmas party your staff will remember…for all the right reasons!

Christmas party - themed evening eventsIt may only be October but the nights are drawing in, the mornings are getting darker and you only have to step foot in your local supermarket to see that the shelves have already been stocked with mince pies, tinsel and boxes of chocolates galore. This can only mean one thing: Christmas is just around the corner!

Whilst this may fill many of us with giddy, childlike excitement, if you have the responsibility of organising the staff Christmas party you may actually be feeling quite daunted by the fast-approaching festive season.  You may even be debating whether or not to have a staff party at all.   Well, that one’s easy really – if you want a great, fun way to reward your employees for their hard work and commitment over the past 12 months and rejuvenate them for the year ahead, then a Christmas party is the perfect answer.  It’s guaranteed to boost employee morale, so come January, everyone will be clocking-in bright-eyed and bushy tailed, not dreary and drained.

However, now you’ve decided to throw a Christmas party, the question is: what will you do?

The Office Christmas Party

The obvious answer may be to settle with a Christmas party at the office, but this traditional option isn’t always the best idea.  Office Christmas parties are notorious for people getting too drunk and embarrassing themselves and, although the hangovers eventually surpass, the ‘you’ll never guess who …’ gossip continues to circulate around colleagues for months!

What’s more, a Christmas party that centres on alcohol and boisterous merry-making may alienate many employees who are not interested in this type of fun or perhaps even have religious reasons for not participating.  The last thing you want is to divide your workforce and leave half your employees feeling overlooked and undervalued.

The Alternative Christmas Party

There are many more benefits to a Christmas party, beyond rewarding your staff, and by organising something a bit different you could see a much greater return on your investment.  The right Christmas event can encourage team bonding, realign staff with your brand and inspire your workforce to kick off the New Year focused on the goals ahead.

Christmas is a great time to formally recognise the efforts and achievements of your team.  Why no combine your Christmas party with an awards presentation with prizes handed out to acknowledge the achievements and admirable qualities of your staff members. As well as boosting individual self-esteem and highlighting positive attributes that your team will want to emulate, it also provides you with a valuable opportunity to engage your employees with your vision for the following year and beyond.

Don’t forget, your staff will also be expecting to let their hair down and celebrate the festive season so it’s a good idea to include an activity or two that tie in with your objectives but also inject some fun into the event!

Why not spice things up the dance floor with Ballroom team dancing, Bollywood or the ultimate group dance, Thriller.  Dance-themed team building gives your party-goers the chance to put on their dancing shoes whilst learning to work together more effectively in so many different ways.  They’ll be having so much fun, they won’t even realize they’re taking part in a team building exercise.

Don’t settle for a run-of-the-mill, predictable Christmas party…make the most of this annual opportunity to bring your team together, celebrate your achievements and inspire future success!

TOP TIP!

Don’t leave it too late to organise your Christmas party.  Many companies book early, so leave it too late and you could miss out on the activity and venue you really want.  Plan ahead and book now to make sure you have a party to remember … for all the right reasons.

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