Not only does an office party make your employees feel more appreciated as individuals, but it serves to improve relationships between each other in an out of office setting. It's thought that up to 79% of employees will leave their job because they don't feel appreciated.
Luckily, nearly 80% of companies and businesses planned to have a holiday party last year and almost 73% of businesses always hold a holiday party. But if you're stuck planning an office party -- whether it's the first time or the thirtieth -- you may feel like you've run out of ideas. Here are some easy ways to streamline your office holiday party this year.
Pick a menu that worksAfter you've chosen a time that works for everyone, you need to select a menu. That includes an appetizer, a main course, and a delectable dessert that appeals to everyone.
If you're stuck for ideas, try choosing options everyone will like. That means no spicy dishes or extravagant meals that few can hope to pronounce. It's estimated that the average American will eat over 23 pounds of ice cream each year. When it comes to getting a dish that everyone will love, ice cream may be your best bet.
Get disposable tableware and cupsA guest might use upwards of three glasses in one night, so offering a number of cups, napkins, plates, and bowls is essential for a larger event. Getting easily disposable cups for coffee and water will ensure you have enough to go around and make clean up a breeze.
Set a drink limitIt's not uncommon for multiple people to cut a rug too hard and need a ride home at the end of the night. In fact, in a recent report that monitors DUI offenders, 450,000 people will consume 33% more alcohol on average during the holidays.
Most offices don't allow hard liquor and only set a three-drink limit to be on the safe side. Just in case, you should have a back-up plan for rides should an employee have too much fun.