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Is it nearly Christmas? If you plan your Christmas party right, your staff will be getting equally excited about celebrating.
Just a tip: by the time you see the festive decorations start appearing in the stores, it's already getting a bit late to book and plan your Christmas party...
Your Christmas party venue choice depends on seven factors
Some advertising agencies throw legendary Christmas parties, creating an atmosphere where the annual festive entertainment becomes part of the much-anticipated employee perks.
If your workers are twentysomethings they'll want a venue that's Instagrammable and hard to book for the "boast factor", and close to transport as they're likely to have another party to attend after yours.
If you do want your staff to return to the office after a lunchtime party, you will need to book a venue that is within walking distance of your premises, or hire a bus to ferry staff to and from the venue.
If the party is on a Friday or Saturday night, unless it is a particularly special or unusual venue, you may not get the best staff attendance as many people may have prior engagements.
Even if you work by Melbourne's Southbank or Sydney Harbour, I'm sad to say, very few employees really enjoy parties on a boat as they feel "stuck" with no freedom to leave until it docks.
If your business is based in an industrial area with staff travelling far afield, you may consider hiring a professional event stylist to decorate your warehouse, display room or your conference room.
A pub around the corner shows your party is meant to be a low-key, low-budget, casual choice. At the other end is a five-star hotel ballroom. And then you have venues of all types all the way between.
What message do you want to give your staff? You're business-like? Creative? Budget-conscious? Generous?
People like consistency. It doesn't have to be the same venue - but the same class of venue.
They worry about company finances if you spend a lot of money one year on the Christmas party and then not the next, or if your class of venue is completely different, or if you have a costume party one year and then downgrade it to drinks at the local bar.
Making a huge effort one year and then treating it as an afterthought the year after is poor for morale, too.
That said, as your business grows, your staff will expect your Christmas party to grow in its class of venue, decor and catering - and any Christmas gifts given...
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