The end-of-the-year staff party is one of the most rewarding times for employees and freelancers. Not only is it closure for another in business, but it’s also a great time to bring your workers together in an informal environment.
There is a saying: ‘The team that parties together stays together. ‘ While this may be a variation of the original quote, there is evidence that workers are happier when the company shows appreciation for its workforce.
Did you know businesses also learn much about their staff during social events? It helps them understand the different cultures and backgrounds – in other words, it’s sociology at work.
Develop Event Hosting Skills
Hosting the annual event is not for the faint-hearted. There is no pressure like pulling off the party of the year for your boss and fellow workers; however, remember, it’s fun; it’s a party, not a funeral, so what could go wrong?
Nothing and everything can go wrong at any event, so there’s is no point worrying about what can go wrong; the time is better spent on a contingency plan.
What is your action plan if the caterer fails to show, so there’s no food for the quests? Or if the entertainment is a no-show, do you bring out the karaoke machine? If you’ve planned for the unforeseen, your guests will likely be none the wiser.
The work party is still popular, with 90% of businesses, reluctant to let it go. Even in tough trading times, ‘the office party’ is an expense that’s hard to remove as it provides so much value to the company and the staff.
Why Host A Party?
Businesses host Christmas parties for their workers for several reasons, and these events serve both practical and symbolic purposes.
The top reason to continue with the tradition of the annual company party is ‘staff appreciation.’ All your workers, including your part-timers and freelancers, must know the owners and management appreciate them.
The big yearly bash is the perfect occasion as it brings together staff and direction for the right reasons, i.e., to communicate informally, solidify the company culture, and build some memories.
Christmas parties often include recognizing and appreciating employees’ hard work and contributions throughout the year.
This can involve the distribution of awards, bonuses, or personalized messages expressing gratitude. Such gestures contribute to a sense of recognition and job satisfaction among employees.
When it gets close to the end of the year, worker productivity slides, so with the office party on the horizon, staff turn up to work happy, excited with anticipation, and use their energy to get the work done, especially when staff awards are up for grabs.
Christmas parties provide a festive and enjoyable atmosphere that can boost employee morale.
Celebrating the holiday season together can create a sense of unity and camaraderie among colleagues, fostering a positive work environment. Employees may feel appreciated and valued, leading to increased motivation and productivity.
The end of the year is often a time to reflect on achievements and milestones. Christmas parties provide a platform for businesses to celebrate the past year’s successes and acknowledge the team’s collective efforts. This celebration can create a positive atmosphere and instill a sense of pride among employees.
The yearly bash is an opportunity to hand out staff awards. All staff can win a prize and will be assessed on their performance throughout the year. If some workers feel they haven’t done enough, they’ll present their best side in the weeks leading up to the party.
Therefore, promoting worker productivity and their chance of winning a prize and possibly a trophy at the end of the year bash boosts focus, creates ingenuity, and improves staff morale.
Building Employer-Employee Relationships
Christmas parties provide a more casual setting for employees to interact with management and colleagues from different departments. This can help bridge hierarchical gaps and foster positive relationships between employees and leadership.
Companies often bring on new staff in time for the Christmas party as it is a great way for them to get to know each other. New staff can meet all attendees and start to learn about their colleagues.
Christmas parties allow employees to interact in a more relaxed and social setting. Engaging in activities, games, or simply sharing a meal can strengthen team bonds and improve communication among colleagues. Stronger team dynamics can positively impact collaboration and cooperation within the workplace.
The company party is a worthwhile investment; depending on your location and state or country, most of the expense is tax-deductible. Check with your tax advisor on what portion can be claimed as a tax-deductible expense.
Check your insurance policy so you know where you can host your company party and if you can include sports and games. You may require first aiders and responders to present, and consider getting waivers signed for some activities.
Christmas parties serve as a way for businesses to express gratitude, boost morale, strengthen team dynamics, and celebrate collective achievements. These events contribute to a positive workplace culture and can have a lasting impact on employee satisfaction and engagement
The company party is sure to continue in one form or another. Whether it’s on your premises or hosted at a venue, it’s sure to deliver value to your business and get them focused on the goals for the year ahead.