The Top 3 No-Nos For The Office Christmas Party

December 18, 2014

Young man drunk with necktie on headWith the holiday season upon us, most companies are getting ready for their holiday parties. Whether you are managing a small group of employees, or hundreds of workers, you want to make sure you have all your bases covered when planning this event. If you have ever been to a party where something went terribly wrong, you know that planning is of the essence. There are three absolute things that should not happen at these events, so read the list below to prevent a disaster at your holiday party.

Inebriated Co-Workers – Even if your office culture is very informal and comfortable, the workplace is still a professional setting. Therefore, it is important for all staff members to uphold the respect and good opinions of others. Nothing makes a person become the running joke of the office more than being too tipsy at a work event. To prevent this disaster from occurring, you can simply not offer any alcohol, or put a limit on it. For example, pass around two tickets to each employee, each valid for one drink. This way, no one can have more than two drinks.

Boring – Have you ever been to an event that was intended to be fun, but people simply stood around staring at the wall? Don’t let your Christmas party turn into a dreaded occasion at your workplace by planning ahead. Find out what the people you manage like to do for fun. Do they like to dance? Then hire a DJ, or simply upload some party music into an iPod. Do they like to sit and be entertained? Why not invite a magician or a comedian to your party.

Over-Budget – The price of a holiday party can quickly skyrocket if it’s not controlled from the start. Between paying for food, drinks, decorations and entertainment, your budget can double or triple before you know it. Therefore, keep tight reigns on the spending, and budget all the necessities out before committing to anything extra. If you are working with a tight budget, consider limiting the party to employees only, and not allowing anyone to bring a plus one.

A Christmas party is a unique event where you expect all workers to relax and have a great time, yet still remain professional and respectful of each other. Therefore, it is a good idea to send out an email before the actual event with dress-code restriction and expectations for the decorum invitees should use during the event. With enough planning, your party should go off without a hitch.

Many thanks

Gavin Muge

Senior Trainer & Consultant

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