When the year starts winding down, it's time to reflect on your success as a company as well as the hard work from all your employees.
To make each year memorable, a year-end business party is a great way to boost morale and recognize important achievements.
If you're not sure where to begin, here are a few ideas that will help you host a business party everyone will be fondly remembered for years to come.
Try Some Creative Planning
It's best to plan ahead when you're hosting a year-end party. Draft a plan several months in advance so you know you'll have everything you need on the big day.
Write down a few ideas for the theme of the party and include some suggestions for venues. Once you have those details nailed down, you can come up with an official date and time.
The theme of your party will help you determine what kind of decor to use. For example, if you're going with a '70s-themed party, a few disco balls will definitely do the trick.
You don't have to set everything in stone just yet, but get those ideas going as early as you can. Coming up with a plan will make the execution of the party that much easier when the moment inches closer. Have some people in your human resources department or ask for employee volunteers to help put everything together; involvement builds teamwork and makes it more fun for all.
Don't forget to decide what kind of food you plan to serve and if you'll be using a catering company. Remember to keep the party theme and venue a secret until you're ready to announce the date!
Decide When to Have Your Business Party
Some companies prefer to have their year-end party during a Friday lunch hour. This ensures that everyone will be at the party and it reduces company downtime.
But not all company parties have to be held in the afternoon or on a weekday. You can always plan an evening party on a Friday or Saturday night if you prefer.
If you want to include your employees' family members, evenings and weekends are best. On the other hand, if the plan is to keep the party simple and within the confines of the office, a lunchtime party should suffice.
It will cost more to host a weekend or evening party since you'll need to rent a venue, provide more food, and probably accommodate more guests. The time of your party really depends on your business' budget and the preferences of your employees.
Consider an Off-Season Party
While most companies save their annual party for the Christmas season, you can celebrate your year-end party at other times. Early October or late January are both good times to host your annual employee appreciation party.
These two options allow workers to enjoy the holiday season and focus on personal time with their families. You can always host your party before or after the Christmas season has come or gone.
Not only will this make a lot of employees happy, but it could also save your company money. Venue rental costs and catering prices are at a premium during November and December. You stand to save quite a bit if you hold off on your party until January or host it in October instead.
If you decide to go this route, make sure you emphasize that this is an annual employee appreciation party. Otherwise, people might not realize that it's a tradition, or they may just assume you're not having any type of party at all until you tell them.
Express Your Appreciation
The purpose of a year-end business party is to let your employees know just how much you appreciate their hard work. You can make this a memorable moment by giving out some awards to a few outstanding employees.
Games and raffle prizes are other fabulous ways to say thank you to your staff. The goal is to let everyone know just how much they're appreciated, and how much you depend on them for the company's success.
Be sure that you foster a spirit of teamwork that encourages everyone to work together toward a common goal. Point out a few qualities that you recognize in the award winners as being particularly helpful and mention how you'd like to see more of it in the coming year.
The party should be relaxed and fun, and you should inspire everyone to keep the good vibes and energy going into the new year.
And finally, make sure the party is in a safe environment where people have access to transportation if alcohol is being served. Use this special time to make it known just how much the company appreciates the contributions of each person who works there.
Have an Unforgettable Annual Party
With a few simple business party tips, you can create an annual event that your employees can look forward to. Make sure you encourage and inspire everyone by showing your sincere appreciation.
*Note: “Party on Garth” is from the intro to MTV’s series “Wayne’s World.”