Have a cracker of a Christmas

It’s that time of year again…

Dec 13, 2019 | Feature

…for work festive celebrations!

It usually comes down to a few individuals to organise, briefed with planning and prepping the Christmas ‘do’, and they don’t always have the easiest task on their hands. 

Getting it right

It’s important to get it right. It’s a chance to come together to celebrate the team and give a little something back to the people who make your organisation great. No one wants to be in a situation where people don’t want to attend, or excuse themselves to go home early.

It can be tricky to please everyone’s demands too… there’s the greeters, the tweeters, the game cheaters and the picky eaters. Some companies are shifting their company celebrations to lunchtime, with people preferring a sit-down meal, others still want to go ‘all-out’ and party.

Then there’s the date –  mid-week or weekend? Fight through the Friday hangover, or surrender a bit of your weekend?

Top festive tips

Here are our top tips on how to make your Christmas get-together go with a bang:

  • Asking for too much feedback can be risky; you’ll be fortunate if you’re able to please everyone. Go with the general consensus, but be respectful of people’s differences.
  • Plan early – look at next year now. And get the date in people’s diaries a couple of months ahead.
  • Allocate a realistic budget. It will also force you to be creative.
  • If there’s a large number of people attending (or a lot to celebrate), external professionals can make for an extra special event.
  • Get people out of the workplace – a break from the norm goes a long way.
  • Include activities and games as this can boost team bonding and gets people in the festive spirit.
  • Make sure there are good food and drink options. Let’s be honest, most people come at least in part to drink and dine on the company.
  • The more the merrier, so consider inviting contractors or suppliers who’ve also worked hard to reach your project goals. It will strengthen your support network.
  • Create a seating plan – it’s often the best way for internal networking, to get people from different areas mixing and collaborating.
  • To avoid HR headaches the day after, send a gentle companywide email reminding people of acceptable behaviour (especially when there’s a paid bar tab). Encourage everyone to celebrate the past year while respecting their peers and employer.
  • Take a camera and capture the fun!

Finish the year with a bang

All jokes aside, it’s important for team morale that everyone gets together before the Christmas break to look back on the successes of the year. At W&P we’re finishing the year on a high celebrating 200 awards – we’ve a lot to be proud of. 

It’s important to kick back, relax and celebrate the hard work of the whole team. Thank colleagues for their efforts and remind them of togetherness – you are one team striving for the same goal. 

As internal comms experts, we know the value of looking after your colleagues, recognising and rewarding them, and encouraging them to have fun together.

January is often a time where people look to make new resolutions and job hop, so end the year on a high and help people to welcome in the New Year happier and more productive than ever!

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