December is coming quick which means deadlines are looming like the lights on your neighbor’s house that may or may not be put up correctly. Your small business is frantically working to get all the holiday sales, meetings, and gift baskets to all the right people. Everyone’s a little tired and then there is that one item on your to-do list that you have to get a jump on: The staff holiday party.
For some, this is just another item to check off. However, the staff holiday party is an opportunity to contribute to your teams’ unity and morale, as well as offer space to pause. Pause is a necessary good for each and every business to create the space for enjoyment and rest. This could turn into play or party. Some businesses get an unexpected extra paid day off or a bonus party where all gifts are distributed to everyone in the company. For our do gooders, champions of the city, and hard working small businesses here at FLDWRK; we have saved you some time and created a productive party list that has a few guidelines.
- Begin with something fun.
- Feed your employees.
- Focus on goals met and goal setting.
- Reminisce about great office laughs or success stories.
For our smaller teams, group your party with another business that you have worked with a lot this year or one that has been essential in helping you reach your goals. These party guidelines foster an event that is eager to create productivity and strength and unity within your team. It provides the proper pause together. Your whole team gets to rest and enjoy each other together which breathes life into the relationships that you have with each member on your team. It creates and enforces the foundation that you are all in this together. So without further ado, here are some fun party ideas for you and your team:
- Go to a Christmas Tree Lighting Together!
Fullerton Winter Market December 1 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Crystal Cove Tree Lighting & Market December 1 Tree is lit at 5:15pm
- Host a White Elephant party at your home and invite your team and their spouses for appetizers and desserts.
Make the budget $5 for gifts so people will have to be creative and find a fun small gift for less cost.
- Wait until after all the holiday shenanigans to have a party and do a New Years brunch to celebrate the prior year and get the new year started off on the right foot (then maybe even surprise everyone with an extra paid day off that is effective immediately after brunch)!
Whether you see a Christmas Tree Lighting, host a party, or save the celebration for closer to the new year; you must create some sort of intentional time to gather with your team to reflect, rejuvenate, and remind each other of the goals that are to come in the next year. Productive and purposeful work starts with you and will trickle down into your team. Always provide and create environments for productivity; which always includes a little party.