The company Christmas party is the biggest social event of the year. Everyone, from the gofer to the boss, comes to take part and celebrate. While tradition and the Filipino love for holiday festivities seem to be the biggest motivation for the event, it’s not. The Christmas party is a crucial part of Filipino company culture and it deserves time and budget because of the benefits which it delivers to the company.
Why Hold An Office Christmas Party?
The party helps team building.
Productivity skyrockets when a team has tight bonds. A Christmas celebration provides important non-work communications and activities that foster healthy relationships between employees.
It’s the perfect time for the company to say ‘Thanks’.
Constant work and stress lower employee satisfaction and make them feel unappreciated and more likely to change jobs. The party is a simple way for the company to appreciate their efforts and motivate them to continue.
It encourages networking and the building of social bonds.
During work hours, there are few opportunities to make friends, especially between different teams. The party offers an opportunity for them to close the distance and improve their cooperation.
The party commemorates meaningful experiences.
As an event at the end of the year, it’s the perfect opportunity to sum up the company’s year and rally the employees for the next. A meaningful message during a heartfelt event can motivate your employees to do their best.
The benefits of an office party are worth their weight in gold because they translate into increased employee productivity and, therefore, company profits. And when considering the cost per head of the party, the price of these benefits becomes even more inexpensive.
But to maximize these gains, it’s crucial to determine the party’s main goal. Your goal will influence your plans and while it’s possible to have on multiple objectives, trying to reach them all might take more than your time and budget can handle. Aiming for a single primary goal ensures that you’ll be able to reach it.
What's Your Main Goal?
There are several potential goals that you can aim for in your Christmas party and plans that you can include to achieve them. Choosing one as primary will depend on your particular company’s circumstances.
is great at motivating promoting trust and cooperation. Since teams bond through shared activities, fill the party with games and physical activities. Remember to create chances for people from different departments or cliques to work together to solidify the company as one big team.
is the simplest goal to achieve because all you have to do is to let the employees have fun. Find out what they want to do together and make their wish come true.
outstanding employees need to be recognized and awarded. Create a program that highlights their achievements and why they’re valuable and they will serve as an example for others.
when your company has reached a milestone, whether it’s reaching your 25th anniversary or achieving your millionth sale, you should celebrate it! Place the focus on the company but include the employee’s contribution to connect them with the event.
is effective at motivating employees, especially new ones. It will also introduce them to the company and help them integrate. Activities should focus on getting to know the people and the values of the organization.
By setting a main goal and planning the rest of the party around it, you can maximize the benefits of your Christmas party and make it easier to plan the details.
But how will you make your party fun to your employees? Find out in the next installment of this series!