Social events with coworkers can be a great opportunity for team bonding and fun – not to mention a good excuse to get out from behind your cubicle. But we’ve all attended a few functions that have felt more like an obligation than an enjoyable occasion. So how do you throw a company event that everyone is actually excited to attend? We’ve got a few ideas to help spice up your next party.
Location, Location, Location
There’s nothing wrong with hosting a happy hour in your office’s 4thfloor conference room – although the fluorescent lighting and drab beige wallpaper may not exactly liven up the party. Instead, why not get out of the office and host a party at the nearest park? A scenic view is sure to help everyone enjoy themselves, and we promise that glass of wine will taste better outside, too. In fact, for those of you in San Francisco, BREWPUBLIK even delivers beer and wine to many of those favorite local spots – Chrissy Field, Golden Gate Park and Mission Dolores Park, just to name a few. We’ll supply the crowd-favorite craft beers, and we can even help with the planning and execution of the entire event so that everyone is sure to have a good time.
Don’t Make Attendance Mandatory
While it would be nice to have full company-wide participation, that’s just not realistic in most cases. These days, companies continue to put more and more emphasis on maintaining a healthy work-life balance, so if your special event is at night or on a weekend, chances are you will have a few no-shows. Plus, some employees prefer to keep their work and social lives separate – and there is nothing wrong with that. Rather than forcing the fun, instead, provide some sort of incentive for team members to attend – such as starting the event an hour before your team usually clocks out, or allowing attendees to come into the office later the following day. Also, it’s basically a scientific fact that turnout increases when alcohol is served (pssst…that’s where we come in).
Make It Interactive
Mingling with coworkers can go stale quickly if there isn’t anything to liven up the chit-chat. Having a few activities at your event is a good idea to get people to come out of their shell and get to know each other a little bit better. Set up a few corn hole boards or get an impromptu game of two-hand touch going. Besides, who doesn’t love a little competition? Or, if your team isn’t the sporty type, a communal activity such as wine tasting can be a bit more exciting than your standard happy hour. Not to mention, once the wine starts flowing, so will the conversation.
Whether you are throwing a small end-of-quarter happy hour or a throwing a big bash to celebrate closing a major deal, with a little bit of effort, your party can really be taken to the next level. And don’t forget about your friends at BREWPUBLIK – we’ve been around the block and know exactly what it takes to throw a good party. Learn more about how we can help by clicking here!