While the holidays are still months away, holiday party planning is very much underway. Maybe this is your first year planning your corporate holiday party, or maybe you’ve been planning the office bash for decades. Either way, this year, you want to do something really special to show your employees appreciation for all of their hard work and dedication.
One of the first questions you’ll ask yourself is, “Where should we host the holiday party?”
Choosing a Venue for your Corporate Holiday Party
In past years, the office holiday party has been held… in the office.
Why not, right? You’ve already got the space. You don’t have to worry about booking an open date, your employees already know where they’re going, and if you hold it right after the workday ends, you don’t even have to worry about adding in travel time before you start the festivities. You can just pump up the music, hand out some antlers, and pass the sparkling cider.
Of course, there are quite a few reasons why having a corporate holiday party in the office isn’t the best choice. In fact, it’s actually harmful to your employees.
Why You Shouldn’t Hold Your Office Holiday Party in the Office
Have you ever tried to move office furniture? Many businesses don’t have a dedicated open space that can accommodate a party. Unless you’d like to play “Cubicle Dominoes” and throw your back out lugging desks around (not to mention – where will you put them?), you’d be better off hosting the party at an outside facility.
Think you can just hang up a few snowman cutouts and call it a day? Wrong. Turning your office into a winter wonderland takes time and money. Otherwise, it’s just the same ol’ fluorescent farm with a few dollar store decorations strung up.
No one enjoys cleaning up after their coworkers. You may have a cleaning service that runs through the office after hours, but if you’re hosting a party, they’ll likely charge you more for the extra work they have to do. When you have your holiday corporate party at the right outside venue, clean up is done for you and built into the cost. Once the party is over, you get to head home.
A party isn’t a party without food and drinks (whether you choose to serve alcohol or just soft drinks). If you host at your office, you’ll need to decide where the food is coming from. Will you hire an outside caterer? Will you bring in from a local restaurant? Or, will you ask your employees to cook something and host a potluck? (Please don’t make them work for their own party.)
When you choose a venue with food, you just set the menu and then forget about it.
5) Servers and Bartenders
Do you actually want to enjoy the party, or would you rather be working the whole time? Someone has to set up the food, even if it’s buffet-style. You can always hire a team to come in and hand out hors d’ouevres and serve up drinks, but that’s another expense and another thing to worry about. The right venue will take care of all of this for you.
6) Shop Talk
Have you ever noticed that when you’re around coworkers, you tend to talk about work… a lot?
Having a party in the office doesn’t provide the break from the work environment needed to shift the conversations to more personal and enjoyable topics.
If you choose to hold the party in a restaurant or catering hall, you still run the risk of inviting all shop talk. However, if you host the party someplace fun with activities, your employees will be swept up in the entertainment and will forget that they are surrounded by their coworkers.
7) Brain Training and Muscle Memory
No matter how nice your physical space is, as humans, our emotions are often triggered by our surroundings and environment. That means that if you are stressed out in the office, even if the activity you are doing changes (going from working to partying), your emotions will stay the same.
What does this mean? You want to give your employees a physical AND an emotional break from work. The only way to do this is to get them out of the office.
Planning a corporate holiday party doesn’t have to be stressful or time consuming. Consider hosting your party at Glowzone, an indoor amusement park in Las Vegas. There, your employees can have fun with activities like climbing, mini golf, laser tag, bumper cars, and much more. Glowzone will handle the setup, provide the food (and someone to set it out), take care of the cleanup, and provide the break that you and your employees sorely need. Together, you’ll create a memorable experience that shows your employees how truly grateful you are.