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Planning an office holiday party presents unique challenges and, as an employer, you need to make every effort to ensure that all employees are included. A great way to promote inclusion is to call it a holiday party rather than a Christmas party and to greet employees by saying “Happy Holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas.” In fact, workplace holiday parties should not be about a specific holiday at all. Rather, it’s a time when you can recognize the hard work of your employees and treat them to a nice meal as a thank you.

The holidays are a very busy time for most individuals, so throwing an office party during work hours is becoming increasingly popular. A catered lunch in or a nice lunch out may be the perfect way to show your appreciation and boost employee morale. If you do throw an evening party, schedule it for a weeknight so employees don’t feel obligated to give up their weekend to work. Some companies now throw their holiday parties in October or January to avoid any further stress on employee’s busy holiday schedules. Once the party is planned, inform employees if spouses and/or children are allowed to attend.

Remember, even though a party is festive and fun, it’s still a work function and professional etiquette is a must. Limit employee drinking by offering two drink tickets per person; you may even want to limit the alcohol to beer and wine. Ensure that employees are aware of the dress code. Just one employee who shows up in inappropriate dress and gets embarrassingly drunk can ruin the party for everyone. But since everyone is gathered at a social event, mingle and network among your employees. Branch out from your usual work buddies and get to know other individuals who you’re not as familiar with.

Some employees may be shy or uncomfortable hanging out with co-workers. Entertainment helps break the ice, whether you hire a band or plan games. Many companies participate in gift exchanges, which is a great way for employees to learn more about each. However, some people are strapped for cash, so set a low maximum budget for gifts, such as $10 to $20.

The biggest measure of success for a workplace office party is attendance. Encourage your employees to join the festivities, but don’t put too much pressure on them. The more people feel comfortable around their co-workers and supervisors, the more will come to celebrate the occasion.

Boosting employee morale is only one way to improve the security of your business. Call Silver Coast Insurance at (909) 877-2200 for more information on Rancho Cucamonga business insurance.

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