You may be wondering if you should still plan a company party this year. The answer is YES! Big or small, a company holiday party is a wonderful way to celebrate the accomplishments of your team in the past year and allows them to have some fun outside of the office.
If that isn’t enough to convince you to begin planning, here are some more reasons why:
Holiday parties offer a great opportunity to strengthen company morale and culture. Your company’s culture is crucial to your business simply because employees are more likely to enjoy work when their needs and values remain consistent with employers. Employees who are happy in their work environment are more likely to develop better relationships with coworkers and be more productive. Now, more so than ever, it may be very important for your business to host a holiday get together. With many employees working remote, now is the time to regroup, recharge and catch up on some face-to-face interaction.
Large office or small, Holiday parties provide a great opportunity to “mix and mingle.” Typically, your employees will work with the same group of people within their department consistently. Your Holiday party can help to expand their perspective and allow individuals to collaborate who don’t normally get a chance to talk to one another.
Every business owner knows the importance of creating a large pipeline of customers and clients. These clients eventually turn into fans and repeat customers. However, it is just as, if not more important, to consider your employees as part of those fans. When you take initiative to celebrate their success on both a personal and professional level, you will begin to see their loyalty increase.
But what if they do not attend? The Holidays are busy, and your employees would probably rather do anything than spend their weekend with their coworkers, who they spend most of their time with during the week. A great way to get your employees involved in an off-site event is to invite their family. This way, they do not have to worry about hiring a sitter or making alternate arrangements for the evening. You can also consider an additional incentive for attending, or you can pass out company gifts or bonuses at the event.
Holiday parties are ultimately to show appreciation, build relationships and to remind staff of their importance. Happy people work harder. Show your employees how much they are truly valued. Celebrate them because you want to, not because you must. It is the small tokens of appreciation that they will never forget.