The Office Christmas Party Guide, Part 4 – Airwaves Music –
Part 3 has interesting points and is FOUND HERE!
– If your party involves seating, make a point of not putting departments together. Randomize who people are sitting beside and with. Allow the opportunity for people to get to know the people that work in the building, but are 100 feet away.
– This pertains to what ever your theme is, but business casual is usually the safest bet for dress code.
– If your parties date is set closer to christmas, feel free to do lunch or a daytime event. Have it during the week if possible. If you’re leaning more towards the evening and serving alcohol, then do it later in the week. That way you can lead people into the weekend and holiday season. If you decide on a friday evening party, allow people to leave the party if they have other plans already. Fridays evenings can be risky for that matter, but if they’re going out after, the odds of them coming to your party before hand increases.
– If you’re having a party in your place of work (which is frowned upon as mentioned in part 1) then make sure to have activities planned. Allow your colleagues and employees to take part at their own will. Forcing people into doing activities will only make them uncomfortable and make the odds of a bad review increase.
– Avoid, and ban all office politics. This goes for gossip and things of that nature too. If they want to gossip and be involved in that aspect, they can do so outside office and office party hours. You need to separate office talk from the office party.
– The biggest point of all. If you’re the one planning the party/are the boss, make it about your employees. They work hard all year to keep you happy. Make the party about them and make them happy. Do something they want to do. Put them first!