Americans consider, on average, 22% of their coworkers to be complete strangers. That’s not necessarily a deliberate fault — just that it can be difficult to get to know everyone in a business space, especially when you don’t work in the same department as others.
There is a way to remedy this, though: private parties.
Corporate parties can help solidify relationships between team members and introduce others, creating a great networking opportunity and heightening productivity within the workplace as people get more comfortable with each other.
Thinking about looking for an event space and having a party? Here are some tips for making sure it goes well.
1. Consider Your Colleagues
The first thing you’ll want to do is consider your colleagues and what kind of thing they’d like to do. For example, if your colleagues aren’t big partiers, you may want to choose a daytime event or pick one of the vegas attractions to visit on an afternoon.
However, if your colleagues are very sociable and happy to go out after work, then you can pick something in the evening.
You could even have a feedback form and have people vote on a few options or suggest others.
While it’s true that you sometimes can’t please everyone — especially if your business is very large — if you want the party to go as smoothly as it possibly can, this ensures that most people enjoy your choice of venue or event.
2. Think About the Location
As well as considering what your colleagues would like to do, you should think about the physical location. If your business is a remote one, it may be more difficult to get everyone together, and, in that case, you should pick something in central Vegas for the best compromise. The Strip is easy to get to!
If you have a physical office and people are used to commuting there, it might be a good idea to have it near there. That way, you know it should be a convenient location for everyone.
You should also give them some information about the place ahead of time, so they know what to expect. For example, tell them about what food will be available so people can eat beforehand, or those with dietary restrictions can plan ahead. Tell them what the parking situation is like and encourage ridesharing and carpooling if there will be alcohol there.
3. Be Flexible With the Date
When party planning, it’s as important to be flexible with the date as it is with the location.
Make sure you consider a time when everyone is free. If you’re having a daytime event, it should either be on a day when you can close the business or a day when no one works — usually a weekend.
A Saturday is ideal because it gives a rest day before the work week starts back up again (and 35% of Americans say Saturday is their favorite day!).
If you’re having the event at night (especially if there will be alcohol present), make sure no one is working the next day. The last thing people want is to spend time at a corporate party worrying if they’ll be hungover at work the next day and unable to perform at top capacity!
You should also make sure you don’t set the event on a holiday. While a Christmas party on December 20th is probably fine, you don’t want to have one on the 24th when people would rather spend time with their families.
4. Pick Somewhere Unique
One of the pitfalls of a corporate party is that, because people don’t know each other, it can seem a little awkward as people settle in. Some people struggle to make small talk, and others may not know anyone there.
For that reason, you should pick a venue that will get people talking. Vegas has lots of immersive experiences available for business events, so you don’t have to settle for an unthemed bar where there’s very little to comment on.
If you pick a more unique location, people have an automatic talking point. It will also create a memorable event where people will actually look forward to corporate events in the future because you’ve set the bar high!
For example, how about an ice bar? They’re not only seriously cool events (pun intended) but can often also offer catering and additional perks on top of it.
5. Set a Realistic Budget
The budget isn’t the most fun part to think about, but it is necessary. You need to consider what a realistic budget is for your business party and stick to it. Consider the following things:
- What is the cost of the venue?
- What is the cost of the food and drink, if not included?
- Are you providing any transport?
- Are there other entertainment factors to consider?
Once you’ve answered each of these questions, you can set a realistic budget and stick to it.
Consider These Things When Planning Your Office’s Private Parties
Planning private parties can be a daunting task as you struggle to settle on a date, venue, and budget, but if you consider all of these things, then your corporate event will go great. Set a realistic budget, consider the date and location, gather feedback from your employees, and pick a great location.
If you do all that, people will be posting pictures and discussing memories for weeks to come. Success!
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