Office life isn’t always exciting. When you and your coworkers are on the job, you probably don’t have a lot of time to get to chat. Sure, you know each other’s names and say hi when you pass each other at the water cooler, but when was the last time you got to hang out? Office parties can be a great opportunity to get to know the people you spend 8 hours of your day with 5 days a week– and actually have fun while doing it.
If you want to get the most out of your next office party, consider taking control of party planning. If that sounds intimidating, don’t worry– we’ve gathered a list of quick tips to take you from party planning newbie to full-fledged party planning expert in no time. It’s as easy as:
- Getting the word out and getting people in the door
- Finding something that’s actually fun to do
- Investing in the best snacks your budget can buy
Mail merge isn’t just a powerful marketing tool– it’s a powerful party planning tool as well.
If you work in an office– and particularly if you’re a part of the sales or marketing team– you’re probably familiar with mail merge. It’s the software that allows you to turn spreadsheets full of customer, client, or lead data into personalized emails with the click of a button.
Mail merge is also a great way to mass email event invitations.
It makes it easy to get party info to everyone on your guest list, which means it makes it easier to get people in the door at your event.
Finding unique and exciting activities and icebreakers for your office party is one way to ensure it’s a success.
If you think back to school, one of your least favorite memories may be the first day of class when the teacher made you introduce yourself with a “fun fact”. Sharing information about yourselves is a great way to facilitate relationship-building between co-workers, but there’s definitely a more interesting way to do it.
Everybody loves a little party food– make sure your office party guests have plenty of options.
Parties are a time to celebrate, which means many people– even those who may ordinarily be pretty strict about eating well– relax a little and enjoy some more festive fare. Make the extra calories worth their while and buy the best snacks you can reasonably get in your budget. Forget frozen pizza heated up in the office kitchen– splurge on that local favorite pizza shop instead.
If you’re feeling extra creative, you can make the snacks yourself or gather some of your coworkers to help.
If your coworkers have any dietary restrictions or allergies, be sure to provide options that accommodate their dietary needs.
Planning the perfect office party takes a little work, but the results are well worth the effort!
Office parties can be a great way to kick back and relax with your coworkers. Make sure your company’s next office party is a great one when you follow these tips.
How to you make sure your office parties are a success? Leave us a comment and let us know!