Planning and entertainment for corporate events
Any successful business owner will tell you that it's important to reward employees for working hard. Whether it's a Christmas party or simply a celebration of the completion of a difficult project, knowing they work in a fun office can not only make employees loyal, it will also help them take pride in their work and enjoy their jobs.
Corporate events can range in size and budget, but regardless of the event, it's important to plan in advance to ensure things go off without a hitch. The day of the event should be a day for everyone to relax and have fun, even those who coordinated the festivities.
Corporate Event Planning
Planning entertainment for corporate events isn't easy; in fact, many companies prefer to hire a professional corporate event planner rather than deal with the hassle. But for those who are brave enough to tackle corporate event entertainment on their own, there are a few tips that can make the process easier:
- Book ahead. Finding a space big enough to hold the company can be tough, so you'll need to make sure you book far ahead to get the day you want. This is especially important for holiday events where venues are booked a year or often longer in advance.
- Consider your audience. Make sure the entertainment you choose is appropriate for your employees. If you've got a younger or modern crowd, you may want edgier games that encourage people to get out of their shell. For more traditional companies, a simple sit-down dinner and door prizes may put employees at ease.
- Strategize alcohol consumption. Open bars can come at a hefty price tag, so many companies opt to disperse a couple of free drink tickets and then have employees cover the cost of additional drinks. Regardless of what you choose, make sure you have arranged for employees to have accommodations at the venue or cabs on call.
- Plan food wisely. While it's better to have too much than too little, you also don't want to blow the budget by over-ordering in advance. Have your employees RSVP to the party or event so you can get a rough headcount and base your menu around it. Be sure to include vegetarian options and ask about food allergies in advance.
Corporate Entertainment and Team Building
Not all corporate entertainment options have to be big blowouts—sometimes, they can be as simple as a team building activity or day trip that can make your employees feel valued. There are plenty of options available for these events that can accommodate any budget. Ideas include:
- A company picnic or potluck
- Lunch out on the company dime
- Renting a movie theater
- Visiting a theme park or attraction