Fun brings people together and motivates them to work harder. Unfortunately, companies are focused on work and productivity and that’s why for a lot of employees, the office Christmas party feels more mandatory than entertaining. According to a survey reported by Forbes, only 5% of employees care to have a holiday party – but that’s over a cash bonus, a salary raise, and additional paid leaves. Undoubtedly, those who preferred the party really had fun. If you want your employees to love your Christmas parties more than a raise, you need to plan the proper party entertainment.
There are 3 factors to consider to ensure your entertainment’s success:
All planned activities for the company Christmas celebration should always match its theme. For example, play John Williams background music for a Star Wars party or wear superhero costumes for a Marvel Universe one. Themes are essential and breathe life into your plans, so don’t leave them out. Haven’t thought of a theme yet? Check out our previous Christmas party series installment for some great ideas.
Another important thing to consider is the venue. Can the place accommodate a large stage for your epic Gary V concert? Does it have existing audiovisual equipment for your office Vine compilation? Will you be able to properly dress it up for your Game of Thrones theme? Be mindful of the rules of your chosen venue as well, as you can’t have a water balloon fight or a mosh pit in every location.
Are your attendees mainly senior workers or budding millennials? Age is a crucial factor because it determines the types of entertainment that appeals to them. Remember, if the participants aren’t into what’s happening, they’re not going to have a good time. An oldies set, for example, with Pepe Smith, Pilita Corrales, and Mike Hanopol might clash with a more contemporary one with Up Dharma Down, Rico Blanco, and Yeng Constantino, which appeals to younger people. You’ll have to find a compromise or try to appeal to both sides with someone very relatable like Rex Navarrete or Yaya Dub. Making sure that your entertainment choices are age-appropriate is critical to the overall fun factor of the party.
In choosing your entertainment options, there are 3 points to remember:
1. Pinoys love games
Games are the bread and butter of Christmas Party entertainment. But instead of playing the same game of Charades every year, try something that’s never been done before. Try a Takeshi’s Castle obstacle course for your Japanese-themed party. Or mix a large dash of adrenaline by playing thematic Minute to Win It games. Another good choice is Sticker stalker, a simple but fun game that can keep everyone on their toes for the whole event.
2. Pinoys love singing
A Filipino Christmas party isn’t complete without karaoke. Take it up a notch and make it more immersive by hiring a live rock band and do it Rockaoke-style. You can have a fabrication company design a stage for the full rock star effect. It can even become an employee contest complete with outspoken and critical judges – like in The Voice or American Idol. Remember to recruit your wittiest boss or employee as judge to make the competition more entertaining. To encourage your hesitant staff out of their comfort zones and join, provide awesome incentives and prizes to the winner and the participants.
3. Pinoys love prizes
For a lot of Filipinos, the Christmas Party raffle is the highlight of the night. But instead of the usual goodie bag, give it a twist this year by offering eccentric rewards – like a date with a celebrity endorser! Or how about a prize where the winner is crowned king for a day at the office? Raffle prizes don’t have to be material, flex your creativity and come up with ideas that your coworkers will be thrilled about.
Whatever you choose for your gimmick this year, remember to try something unique for a more memorable experience. Keep these points in mind for this December’s get-together and you might just get everyone looking forward to the next.
By this point in planning, your Christmas party might be bigger and more complicated than your initial expectations. Instead of squeezing party planning and work together, consider hiring an event management company to handle your celebrations. They can take a load off your shoulders and provide expertise in finding venues and arranging the entertainment that you want.
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