Can’t we all just agree that December is too crazy for your Company Holiday Party?
There is shopping and decorating and baking and your own entertaining. There are get-togethers with your family and your close friends and then that weekend the homeowner’s association demands you line the street with luminaries. Sometimes it really is just too much. Holiday Company parties can often feel like just one more thing you have to add to your already overbooked December calendar.
Why not give yourself and your employees a break this year and shift your company holiday party to January?
Here are 4 great reasons why a January company party is the only way to go.
- There are only 3 Saturdays and 3 Fridays in December this year that aren’t a holiday. That leaves you fighting with every other company in the area for the 6 slots at the best venues. Unless you booked early, like last year early, you are left out in the cold. Who wants to go to a company party on a weeknight. Oh sure, it may positively impact your bar tab but just think of how it will affect the next day’s productivity.
- As a corollary to the above point, there is a good chance that some vendors will be charging a premium for Friday or Saturdays in December. It takes several different event vendors like bands, florists and caterers to put on a successful event. They are all going to be booked, just like the venues. That may leave you few options to entertain your guests.
- December can be hectic for a lot of companies. Year-end closings and 4th quarter sales. Adding in a holiday party in the midst of all that may not be the best idea. An already stressed out staff may use the occasion to blow off a bit too much steam. Let your staff de-stress by spending what little free time they have with their families.
- Instead of a holiday party, think of your January party as a pat on the back and a thank you for a job well done. This is a great opportunity to get everyone enthusiastic for the coming year.
If you think this may be a plan for your company, you may want to send out the invitations in early December so your staff doesn’t think you have forgotten them.