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Holiday Series: Top Five Tips To Planning An Office Social

As we lean into Christmas weekend and fresh off our holiday celebration late last week, we’re discussing the basics of workplace holiday gatherings. Share your thoughts with us, and see the previous three posts using the hashtag #WolfgangChristmas.

1. Get That Budget!

Holiday celebrations are a time for employers to say thanks to their dedicated employees and offer an exceptional opportunity to socialize and bond as a team. First steps to planning any workplace party: get the budget! A budget provides a space in which you may work within.

2. Logistics

Do you have a big or small staff? Does a luncheon make sense to keep things professional or is an evening of cocktails fitting? Consider your options. Christmas celebrations don’t only include dinner out; they could include a holiday play, ice skating as a team or a holiday movie screening. Ensure that you collect early RSVPs for the desired venue.

3. Booking: The Earlier, The Better

About halfway through November, our all star Office Manager, started brainstorming ideas for the team celebration. She considered past events, solicited feedback from the team and created a guest list. She then nailed down a date with a restaurant as they book up quickly this time of year.

4. Photos

Dedicate a staff member or two to snap some shots shots during the party, before the actual party. This can be seen as an annoyance for those smiling and the pushy photographer, but afterwards are always a bonus to share amongst one another and on social media.

5. Add Ons

Make a holiday party more fun by adding an icebreaker game, a game of Secret Santa (or Naughty Santa in which stealing gifts is A-OK) or decide as a group to donate goods or cash to a local charity or family in need. This year we suggested a gender neutral gift of 20 dollars to play a table game of Naughty Santa; this allowed individuals to choose to either partake or sit the game out. Additional pressure is not needed during the holidays.

There you have it, a few tips when planning your office place celebrations. PS: Here’s a few snaps from our event last Thursday at Tap & Barrel Olympic Village.

Wolfgang Painters Christmas Party

A few members of the Wolfpack

Wolfgang Painters Holiday Gathering

And the other side of the table

Strata Painters at Christmas

Wolfgang Certified Contractors

Commercial painters at Christmas

Wolfgang Office Staff looking on

Wolfgang strata painters

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Deana Srdic

About the Author: Deana Srdic

Deana Srdic is the Marketing Manager for Wolfgang Commercial Painters. Deana plans and implements Wolfgang’s annual marketing strategy, manages the website, facilitates the Wolfpack’s digital strategy and plans client events. Deana graduated from Camosun College with a degree in Marketing Communications Management and Leadership, an additional general Business diploma and Management certificate. Deana spends her free time working on her personal blog, lifting weights and actively participating in personal growth coaching. She’s a city girl with a passion for consistency.

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