In today’s economy, the last thing you probably want to do is have to budget for an unnecessary expense, like a holiday party. But celebrating the season does not need to get costly. To help you spread some holiday cheer at your company – without breaking the bank – here are a few tips to consider:
Tip #1: Determine a Budget
As one of the leading Charlottesville staffing agencies, Adams & Garth knows one of the quickest ways to spend more then you planned is to not dedicate a budget to your holiday celebrations. So determine how many people will attend and how much money per person you’re comfortable spending. Is it $15 or $50?
It’s completely up to you. But knowing that number ahead of time will help you determine the kind of holiday party you have – e.g. a casual luncheon at the office or a celebration at a high-end steakhouse.
Tip #2: Combine Your Party
Do you work in a building or space with lots of other tenants? See if any others companies want to combine their parties and host one big event for all employees. By pooling your resources, you’ll be able have a more extravagant celebration.
Tip #3: Host a Potluck
Rather than having your party at an expensive restaurant, host a potluck at your office. Just make sure employees don’t all bring the same dish. Assign certain dishes – appetizer, dinner, and dessert – to employees so you have a variety of menu items.
Tip #4: Have Your Party on a Weekday Night
If you do plan to host your holiday party at a restaurant, having it on a Monday or Tuesday night can save you versus hosting it on a Friday night. A restaurant may be willing to give you a break on the cost if you host an event on an off night.
Tip #5: Don’t Worry About Gifts
You may be tempted to purchase gifts or offer giveaways at your holiday celebration. But resist the urge. These typically wind up costing you a lot more than they’re worth and what employees remember is the holiday party experience, not some tacky basket they won.
Tip #6: Thank Your Employees
Rather than give gifts, offer words of thanks and praise to your employees during the celebration. Let them know how much you appreciate their hard work and offer specific examples of ways the team has gone above and beyond throughout the year.
Also, be sure to keep things light. For instance, when talking about last year’s accomplishments, don’t then segue into everything that needs to get done for next year. You’ll deflate the merry mood of your team. You can discuss those initiatives after the New Year.
And if you have any projects in the New Year that will require you to add staff to your team, give Adams & Garth a call. As one of the leading Charlottesville staffing agencies, we can source, screen and recruit candidates so you find the talent you need. If you’d like to learn more, give us a call.