Question: With the holiday season approaching, I’m thinking of holding a company party. How do I remind employees that even a holiday celebration is a company event, without spoiling the festive environment?
Answer: When we were a small company with two or three restaurants, we would host one large party at one of our restaurants. On occasion, we ran into issues with people drinking too much. Now, with 16 restaurants, we have each General Manager find an event space to host their own holiday party. We pay for food and two drink tickets. Then it is a cash bar. This helps control the alcohol consumption.
I would also recommend a more casual cocktail party-type event with food stations rather than sit-down dinners. If your employees dress up every day, a more casual event might be more fun. If your employees dress casually or in uniforms, the opportunity to dress up can be an incentive. If your company can afford to allow spouses/dates to attend, that can make a party more approachable for your less outgoing employees. The point of your holiday party is to recognize and thank employees, so you might want to ask them for feedback.
Owner & CEO, Dave Magrogan Group