The office Christmas party is an opportunity for employees to have fun. Aside from reflecting on the company’s year-long performance or the plans, it is their non-monetary reward and the culminating recognition of their hard work for the year.
If you are part of the team tasked to organise the party, then you know how important it is. Apart from the program and the refreshments, here is a checklist of essential things to consider before putting up a successful Christmas party:
1. Find good lights and sounds.
This is the technical aspect of the things you should consider. Your chosen venue may already have an in-house lighting and sound system, but of course, you can always opt to provide for yourself. If your company does not have its own lights and sound system, you could always look for audio equipment to hire. Phonophobia Ltd knows there are a lot of them in the market, but be on the lookout for those with years of experience and a proven track record.
2. Pick your theme.
You need not limit your office Christmas party to the traditional stuff such as Santa Claus, reindeers, and snowmen. Once the spirit of the season hits the city, you will see the usual decorations everywhere. The idea here is to create your own that will involve the participation of all your personnel. For example, we have the 90s theme where everybody has to dress up in their Britpop, grunge, rave, or hip-hop outfits — think Oasis, Nirvana, The Prodigy, MC Hammer or The Spice Girls.
3. Decide on the venue.
Unless you have a big enough space to hold your event within your company’s premises, you will need to come up with this decision. Firstly, the venue has to be spacious enough to accommodate a 100% attendance with room to walk around and socialise. The last thing you’d want is a Christmas party that feels more like a claustrophobic jam-packed rock concert. Secondly, the chosen location has to be more or less near your company’s address. And lastly, consider the availability of parking space.
An office Christmas party can be a yearly spectacle your employees will always look forward to. It will entertain them, and more importantly, keep them engaged. You just have to have a great plan.