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Max Brown


SBT on Forbes: What Makes a Holiday Party great?

As the holidays rapidly approach, you’re either looking forward to, or perhaps slightly dreading, your holiday party. Marissa Peretz explores the criteria that take a holiday party from good to great, and what makes them especially meaningful, in her latest Forbes post.

Holiday parties can be irreverent, outrageous, and sometimes incredibly awkward for a majority of the attendees. This may be the only time each year that companies allocate significant money and resources to something that does not directly affect the bottom line. One of the most stressful tasks your HR department or administrative staff undertakes each year is planning the company holiday party. So how can you plan something that resonates withyour employees? Know your culture and customize accordingly.

Start with a goal. Hint: the goal is not to eat endless shrimp

Like most other projects at work, it is important to start with a vision for what you want the holiday party to accomplish, and aim for something that embraces your company culture. Does your team prefer an evening soiree? Is a casual, family friendly daytime lunch and gift exchange a better option? Or do your employees want to support their community? How can you include teammates who work remotely, since around 43% of full time employees work remotely at least some of the time?

Be memorable 

Plan something unique and festive. Drew Wyman, Content Chef at Shinesty recalls a particularly captivating holiday event. “Led by actors, it began with an unexpected journey through a series of holiday scenes that ended at a wardrobe. Guests opened the wardrobe and walked through to find themselves in a laser forest of evergreen that lead to a raging dance party on a 250 sq ft light up dance floor. A few of the evening’s micro moments included: musical acts (hip hop artist, electronic accordionist, sing along lounge), a DJ performing inside a 30ft Christmas present and a guy dressed as a polar bear serving snow-jitos.”

For more ideas, read the full article on Forbes.