‘Tis the season to shake up the workplace and have some fun. And according to The Bagg Group’s more than 40 years of meeting with the best talent in GTA, the ROP (return on party) is well worth the effort.
Yet, this year’s survey by the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) reveals nearly 39% of respondents will not be making merry. At The Bagg Group, we believe that even in tough economies, the need to celebrate a seasonal event doesn’t change—although the way you do so might.
Having successfully placed more than 57,000 candidates in companies across the GTA over our history, we know that employees who play together are more inclined to stay together.
A party doesn’t have to cost much. In fact, in the US, it has become trendy to have a bash on a shoestring. According to a recent MNSBC network news report, this year’s fashionable corporate holiday parties are smaller, more casual, and with less alcohol than in the past.
It’s not the lavishness of the party that counts. It’s the thought. Holding a holiday party is a way to show appreciation for employees, and to encourage staff to meet each other as people, not job titles. A mixer between managers and all employees reinforces the fact that everyone at a company is pulling for the same team. And the best way to get to know team-mates is to take some time-off to chat casually over eggnog about personal and family news, not just work-related tasks.
We practice what we preach. The Bagg Group is famous for its staff celebrations. And HR professionals nation-wide agree that having fun at company get-togethers is time well spent.
HR Voice reports that 81% of HR experts, polled by HRPA and the Canadian HR Reporter, believe a holiday celebration is important to the morale of an organization.
According to the MSNBC report, 68% of US companies polled this year say they’re holding a party for good cause. They made it through rough waters and now their focus is to motivate and retain the employees who survived with them.
A holiday hoe-down, even if inexpensive and informal, is also a show of optimism.
While companies with recent layoffs want to show sensitivity, those which don’t even host frills-free gatherings must be careful that their decision doesn’t leave employees dispirited, and fretting about possibly darker times ahead.
Whether you’re planning a last-minute office party or wondering how to spice up your event when you don’t have a budget, here are three great tips:
If you can’t go company-wide, make it a departmental affair: You don’t need an outside venue; many companies are now holding the holiday gathering on-site.
Santa is popular for a reason: A Secret Santa gets people thinking about each other and is an automatic mood-lifter. Some companies do theme-based Secret Santas, such as a “stress buster” or “home-made.” It’s a good idea to set a $10 to $20 limit.
Our Team’s Got Talent: Turn the party into a local talent show for a way for people to get to know and applaud each other. Your X Factor doesn’t have to intimidate, expand the ‘show-off’ categories to everything from singing to magic to baking to funny poems.
There’s an energy that happens when people get together for no reason other than to have a nice time. That energy lasts even after the party’s over.
Best wishes from all of us at The Bagg Group for a great celebration this holiday.