A happy employee is a productive employee – Christmas party
Christmas is upon us. You can scent the festive atmosphere in the air. As the Christmas is approaching, many business owners wonder if they should throw a Christmas Party for their employees. Unfortunately, this is not the only dilemma they are facing. What kind of party should it be: a traditional party with eggnog or something more active? Should we prepare gifts for each employee or arrange Secret Santa?
Thank you for your hard work
One of the main reasons to throw a Christmas Party is to thank our employees for their hard work and dedication to the company. It is also a chance for them to integrate with each other less formal atmosphere and get to know each other on more personal level. Greater integration will benefit during work hours. The employees will communicate better with each other and, as a result, work more efficiently. If you run a larger company, a Christmas Party might be the only opportunity for some employees to meet each other.
A happy employee is a productive employee
A good party will allow employees to recharge their batteries, boost their enthusiasm about the job. Such simple way can prevent burn out of our workers. Studies have shown that office parties increase people’s engagement which directly leads to higher job performance.
We should forget about the morale of our staff. By increasing the morale of our employees we can assure the work will be performed at higher quality, they will be happier at work and will appreciate they job more.
Alcohol at Christmas Party
Business owners quite often are torn when it comes to a matter of alcohol at office parties. In one aspect a small drink can help to relax and ease the atmosphere among colleagues, especially if the employees don’t know each other that well. On the other hand when serving alcohol we have to consider the risks. Not everyone can drink responsibly which can cause unwanted behaviour, such as sexual harassment, or other irresponsible actions which can lead to injuries.
If we don’t want to risk potential liabilities, we can opt to limit the number of drinks per employee by hiring a bartender. We can also decide not to serve any alcohol and try to break the initial ice with planned activities.
Should it be a Christmas Party?
Another quite common obstacle is religious beliefs of our employees. In multicultural companies, not every employee might celebrate Christmas. If people working for us have a different believe system we should consider having a Christmas Party. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have a party at all. Maybe planned party should take a different shape. Don’t emphasise on Christmas Season, but Holiday Season or celebrate the end of the year. Also, such parties should be stripped off any Christmas traditions.
Have a good plan
Planning a Christmas Party for a new team might be especially challenging, as employees might feel awkward. As a result, they will tend to stick to few people they already know and don’t mingle with others. To prevent such situations, we should plan activities which force employees to talk to others and mix with each other.
Give in to the spirit
To sum up, even if you have a tight budget, it is worth to plan a party for your employees. It is a unique opportunity to bust your workers” morale and help them to get to know each other on more personal level. There are many options to choose from, however, if you feel overwhelmed you can always use a professional party planner to help you out with theme and activities.