It's that time of year again when the pressure is on to stage a successful office Christmas party. Financial guru, Dave Ramsey, offers these suggestions:
- Make sure spouses can come. I’ve had jobs where the spouses were not allowed. That is an instant buzzkill.
- Hold it a few weeks before Christmas. You hold it on the 18th of December, and very few people are going to come.
- Make sure the executives are into it. Nothing kills a party faster than management members who aren’t excited.
- Hire a DJ or a live band instead of someone’s kid who owns a lot of MP3s.
- Form a “Christmas Party Committee” and give them the freedom to really think up some fun ideas.
- Survey the staff and see what they really want this year. Don’t assume.
- Don’t try to execute a live nativity scene. The donkey always bites someone. Always. You don’t want a donkey liability this year.
- If possible, don’t hold it at work. In a conference room. On a Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. That’s not a Christmas party, that’s a Christmas meeting.
- Have fun. Don’t turn it into a “year-end review party” where you go over all your financial statements. There shouldn’t be any PowerPoint at this event.
- If you have promotions or bonuses or anything else good happening in December, save it for the Christmas party. Combine your awesome into one big night.
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