What better excuse to throw a party than celebrating the New Year? Now, chances are you probably just finished what felt like a marathon of parties and social functions in December, but having a first-of-the-year party can be just what your staff needs. Not convinced? Here are 5 reasons we love the idea of an all-office party the first week of January:
- Boost morale. The after-holiday blues tend to set in right around New Year, and the list of things to look forward to dwindles for many people once the hype of Christmas is over. Having a fun party planned for your team to look forward to might be small, but it’s an important way you can keep the office tempo upbeat during a season productivity and morale can hit a low point.
- Build your team. Let’s face it – all work and no play isn’t any fun, and it’s actually counterproductive to building a team. A New Year party is an excellent way to show your employees they matter. Recognize team members who really went above and beyond last year. Think about doing a raffle or giveaway as another way to show appreciation. Generosity in any form goes a long way.
- Connect better. In many companies, there may not be much overlap between departments. Creating a place for people to connect with others outside their normal daily interactions also strengthens the bond between your team members. On top of that, many companies work consistently with outside contractors and vendors. A New Year party is a great excuse to invite your valued non-employee team members to meet and mingle, too.
- Share the New Year strategy. Plan a great party, complete with awesome food, great entertainment, plenty of time to talk, and some moments of appreciation and recognition for how hard your team works. But use the party’s energy to your advantage. Instead of revealing plans in a conference room setting, take the opportunity to share strategies, projections, and plans in a way people can be excited about it.
- December’s too crowded. Does anybody really ever need one more thing on the calendar in December? Pushing your holiday party out until after New Year’s might be a much-appreciated gesture to your employees. Everyone’s schedule will clear up, giving you more time to plan and your employees a better chance to enjoy the party.
Planning a New Year office party doesn’t have to be hard, either. We’ve gotten to be part of several, and have learned a few tricks along the way. If you’re in charge of the party planning committee, here are a few office party tips you need to know:
- Have a theme. Give your party a fun name, get some themed décor, and you’re good to go. You can go as all-out as you want, but even just a simple choice will give the party a sense of cohesiveness.
- Serve food. This is a non-negotiable! If you want high attendance, make sure food is included in the deal. You can opt for a potluck, but hiring a caterer saves everyone time and money.
- Plan activities. You don’t have to have something for every minute of the party, but it’s a good idea to think of at least a few things to keep everyone interested. Contests and giveaways are almost always a good way to go! Bonus hint: Designate a master of ceremonies – whether yourself or the office comedian – to keep things moving and keep everyone entertained.
- Set a schedule. Even if you don’t have a long list of activities, still set a general schedule so you keep the event timely – especially if it’s during work hours.
Whatever kind of party you choose to have, we would be so excited to be a part! We’ve catered office meetings, office parties, company picnics, in-office dinners, and more (find out exactly what that means HERE). We can help make your New Year office party a success! Get in touch with us to learn more.