How to organise an office Christmas party at Kingpin
For many, the office Christmas party is a chance to let loose and have fun with colleagues; a place to show off hidden personalities that nobody inside the confines of the cubicle ever sees. However, there are many reasons why people don't attend these events year after year - ranging anywhere from poor catering to boring speeches, according to Plan Your Meeting.
You don't want to be the organiser who is left standing in an empty room holding a clipboard because nobody showed, so follow this quick step-by-step guide to ensure you are ticking the right boxes!
Although Andy Williams thinks Xmas is the most wonderful time of the year, it's also one of the busiest for people.
Step one: Find a date that works for everyone
OK, so you probably won't find a date that works for literally every person in the office, but you can organise an event to suit most people. Event Juice recommends sending a questionnaire out to your peers aimed at figuring out when is best, as although Andy Williams thinks Xmas is the most wonderful time of the year, it's also one of the busiest for people. It doesn't have to be in December, remember - would early January work better?
Step two: Secure an awesome venue
As far as Christmas party ideas go, having a couple of cheap beers in the middle of the office itself isn't much fun, and indeed Party Current states that this is one of the biggest no-nos when it comes to organising this event. Instead, book your team into an awesome corporate bowling party with Kingpin! Each of our six locations are designed to be ground zero for the ultimate social calendar event. Our bar is locked and loaded with your favourite drinks and mixers, with pro chefs out back sharpening their knives just waiting to serve you gourmet canapes.
We also have private function spaces, and our expert staff are more than capable of helping tailor our offerings to match your office's needs.
Step three: Award, not bored
Here's a do and don't that you need to remember:
-DO: Feel free to include an awards ceremony. Read our blog post 'How to make those grumpy workers enjoy their jobs more' to find out how rewarding your staff could make their engagement skyrocket.
-DON'T: Make this a boring experience. If someone is talking for 45 minutes before they get to the good bit (the awards), that is 45 minutes staff could be doing other fun things, like shooting each other in our Laser Skirmish arena, or snacking down on a platter of food. Tell everyone to keep their speeches like a crocodile (snappy!).