Make sure your upcoming office party exceeds expectations. Host an off-the-charts celebration with these top-performing office party dos and don’ts.
DON’T forget what the party’s for. Appoint the CEO or another employee to acknowledge attendees by giving a quick toast. Kicking off a party with an appreciative nod to the team will start the party on the right foot.
DO order catering to please every taste. Order a variety of dishes, from salads to hearty mains, to accommodate a range of diets, including gluten-free and vegetarian. And label the food so co-workers know what they’re serving up — we wrote the names of dishes in chalk ink marker on kraft paper.
DON’T make it a business meeting. It’s party time, meaning everyone is off the clock. Encourage your office to steer clear of discussing client deals or stressing over upcoming projects.
DO plan an ice breaker. Plan an activity — think karaoke, bingo, a raffle or a costume contest — to mix up the mingling.
DON’T get frazzled. Plan ahead and stay organized by starting a to-do list before the party so you can concentrate on the fun instead of the fuss. If you’re excited about planning the party, they’ll be excited about attending.