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How to plan a fabulous work party

Last year's Christmas party

We love a good party at PN Personnel, at work we are focused, busy and committed to delivering successful recruitment strategies for our clients and job seekers. When we do get together away from the office, we enjoy celebrating our successes as a team and having fun.

The best parties are planned and have some structure. If you are planning your work function for your team, here are some things to consider for a successful party.

Why do it?

It’s important to recognise the why of the work party, and at Christmas it is part of the time of giving and goodwill. Time to say thanks to the team for their contribution to the business throughout the year.

Include an activity/experience

From the extravagant to the simple, including an activity in your work party can bring your team together and provide opportunities for those who work in different areas of the business to come together and get to know each other better.

The team

If you have a good team, you are likely to have a good time. For those whose teams are dysfunctional, providing structure to your event will help, such as seat placings if you are sharing a sit-down meal.

Planning and expectations

Spend time in planning and setting expectations will ensure all those participating are at ease with the schedule of the party. Consider:

  • Timing
  • Location
  • Activity details (if including an experience)
  • Costs – what the company is paying for and what staff will need to pay for themselves
  • If partners and/or children are invited
  • Transport options (particularly if alcohol is involved).
  • Work expectations for the following day (if it is a normal working day, are staff required to work normal hours?)

Food and drink

Whilst there is no such thing as a free lunch, taking care of some (or all) of the costs of food and drink is an easy way to say thanks to your team. If you are a large company you may have a social club set up to help with costs, those with smaller budgets may ask those involved to contribute.

Be responsible

All employers have responsibilities in looking after their team whilst at a work function. If alcohol is available/provided it makes good sense to organise transport home. If you are an employer I share with you some extra tips from POD/Advice First and Business NZ

At PN Personnel we like variety in our work celebrations locally and further afield, such as the wild west of Mellonsfolly Ranch, Hawkes Bay and Martinborough. We’ve competed in darts and petanque, enjoyed a day at the races, raced each other in an adventure quest, and explored the countryside on quad bikes. We love a bit of friendly competition and the opportunity to dress up or fancy dress!

Feel free to share your memories of your favourite work celebration, we’d love your thoughts on what made it great for you.

Jo Norman

Jo Norman

Jo is our specialist of all things business, financial, accounting, payroll and administration. We struggle to give her a title as she wears so many hats. What we do know is that she would prefer a tiara over a hat any day!

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