26 November 2013

Why you should throw a work Christmas party

If you’re tempted to say ‘Bah Humbug’ to Christmas, here are some reasons why an office Christmas party is one tradition you should uphold. JYUZ8BZGH7S7

With December just days away, people’s thoughts are starting to be dominated by Christmas and how to celebrate it.

If you haven’t already organised a Christmas party for your business, then you need to get a move on as the festive season is already upon us! And if you’re tempted to say ‘Bah Humbug’ to the whole idea, here are some reasons why the office Christmas party is one tradition you may want to uphold.

1. It’s a good way to say thank you

When your staff have been working hard for you all year, throwing a party for them is a good way to show them their efforts are appreciated. Having a party to look forward to can raise staff morale and motivate your workforce. And it gives you the opportunity to personally thank your employees for everything they have done.

2. Great parties help build teams

The office party should help your staff to bond and get to know each other better and work in a different way to their usual role, which is essential for team-building and skill development. It may also be a good opportunity for staff to meet and interact with colleagues they wouldn’t normally talk to, which may help them develop a greater understanding and respect for each other’s roles in your business.

3. It doesn’t have to be expensive

Times are hard and when many businesses are making cutbacks, the Christmas party is often one of the first things to be axed. But there are ways of organising an event without spending much money. If hiring a venue is too expensive (or they are all booked up), you could use a meeting room or part of your office space.

If you’re a small business or start-up, you may want to consider sharing a party with another neighbouring company or organising one within your business centre. This would allow you to share costs and also give you an opportunity to network.

4. You can always hold it in January

If holding your office party in December just isn’t viable, don’t give up on the idea. Lots of companies now have a party in January, which helps cheer up staff during the post-festive slump. If you've left it to the last minute, people are more likely to be available in January - plus you will get better value for money.

5. Volunteers will make the task easier

If you don’t like the idea of planning a party, ask your workforce to volunteer. Assign tasks according to people’s interests – if someone loves music, ask them to put together a party playlist or book a DJ and give the job of organising the catering to someone who is passionate about food.

If you're a reasonably large company, asking a different department to organise the event each year may also create a healthy feeling of competition and boost creative thinking.