As part of you party plan, be sure to recruit volunteers for post-party clean-up. The more the merrier! Have a plan of attack. Start by picking up stray plates, cups and napkins, then work "Top to bottom" for the most efficient cleaning:
Items you might need:
Heavy Duty Trash Liners GJO 01534
Febreze Fabric Refresher PGC 85837
Lorell Ultra-Lite Banquet Tables LLR 66651
Paper Towels GJO 24080
Lysol Wipes 3 pack RAC 82159
The annual office holiday party is a great time to unwind and socialize with the people you work so hard with all year long. Be sure to mind your manners and keep a few tips in mind:
Be Friendly. Office parties are a great time to network and meet new people you may not know from other departments. Introduce yourself and keep conversations light. You want to meet new people but don't get bogged down in work talk at the party. If you meet people who you want to collaborate with on work projects, get their contact information and reconnect at the office.
Punctuality Counts. Don't arrive too late to the party. Often there are speeches to kick off the festivities and you don't want to make a grand entrance in the middle of the CEO's welcome! Likewise, don't be the last to leave... be mindful of the time and make sure to thank your hosts on the way out.
Secret Santa Gift Exchanges are a fun way to make new friendships in the office. Here are a few things to ensure a successful Secret Santa Exchange.
Draw Names: Make a list of everyone who wants to participate and put their names in a hat. Then have each participant draw a name. Make sure to remind everyone to keep their identity a secret.
Set The Standards: You can encourage Secret Santa's to give a small treat each week during the holiday season ( candy, coffee, etc - see our ideas below) to build intrigue, or some groups prefer to do just a single gift at the office party. Either way setting a budget is probably the most important part of Secret Santa to make sure everyone is treated fairly. The game is supposed to be fun, and the holiday time is already an expensive time for most people so budget to something small and encourage people to get really creative.
Choose Gifts: Even if it is something useless and silly, the idea is to show someone that you know them. Encourage participants to find out a little bit about the person they're surprising so that they can give things that are in line with their tastes and interest. The gift should ideally make them laugh or have some connection.
Mix It Up! If you are looking for ways to make things more interesting, don't be afraid to mix it up a bit. Set a theme that the gifts have to adhere to such as Disney films, puzzles, nature, food,or you can make it more ambiguous by saying all the presents have to be a certain color.
You don't have to have people spend money either; for example do a Bake-Off Secret Santa where you all make delicious holiday treats for each other. Or try the White Elephant version, where you find something you have to give your person.
The Big Reveal! At the final gift exchange, the gift tag should reveal the Secret Santa's identity.
Some ideas we have for your gift exchange
Does your child ask about where you work and what you do? This Thursday is your chance to show off your workplace and make your child proud during Take Your Child to Work Day! The whole idea behind this day is to get your kids to start thinking about career possibilities for themselves and to give your child a taste of your job. To ensure that both you, your child and your co-workers have an enjoyable day, see below for some great tips/tricks! Planning ensures that your kids don’t become bored because bored kids=kids that get in trouble.
Questions to Ask Yourself if You are the Company/Person Hosting the Event:
Kids LOVE arts and crafts. Arrange art stations around the office (or in your area if it isn’t the whole company participating). Fun ideas to get them started:
This age is starting to grasp more of what is going on and are beginning to think about what type of career they want to pursue. You can get a bit more technical with them. Fun ideas to get started:
You might not have as many at this age, as they may be TOO COOL to come. However, tell them they are TOO COOL…FOR SCHOOL that day and bring them anyways! Here are some ideas for this age:
Just remember, HAVE FUN on Take your Kid to Work Day. Spending time with your children and having fun is what really matters!
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A company picnic is more than just a meal...
It's a great time to show appreciation to employees, encourage team building and build some fun into your company culture.
GET EVERYONE EXCITED!
Create teasers and "save the date" cards with the date and play up the food, games and prizes. Display them in message-holding napkin dispensers, like this
GET SOCIAL WITH A HASHTAG.
Everyone snaps cell phone selfies, so ask employees to share! Create a hashtag and encourage everyone to use it by printing up table cards to go on tables. Award a prize for the best social media post!
ITS EASY TO LIVE STREAM!
Use a mobile live-streaming device to post live video content on your company's social media channels. Just download the app and press the button... it's that easy!
Capture video that showcases your company's spirit, and use it for a post-party email or future projects.
Click here for everything you need for the perfect picnic.
Here is the Twist Checklist to keep you on top of your party planning!
While the weather's warm and inviting, take meetings outside! The fresh air can change the way you do business!
1. Fresh air, Fresh ideas.
A change of scenery helps employees see work differently, and encourages fresh ways of thinking.
2. Turn up the focus.
Thanks to fresh air and sunshine, vitamin D levels and endorphins increase, and help you focus more clearly.
3. Relax and refresh.
Being outdoors helps your team get re-energized and collaborate better.
Beyond bracket competitions, you can build camaraderie and have a little fun at the office during the basketball frenzy!
Have a trash can shoot-out competition.
Set up a court with a trash basket and tape "free throw line". Using balled-up paper take 5 shots and see who's the office hot shot. Make it interesting with a prize for the winner: a gift card for lunch or coffee, a get off work 30 minutes early" card or other small gift.
Create your own bracket competition.
If you're in a sales environment, create teams and make a sales bracket contest. Award the winning team with a prize... and a trophy. Make it an annual event and pass the trophy on to each year's winner.
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