Planning a work party: Can you really please everyone?

Though the next work party may not be the most important task on the list for hectic companies, one senior member of staff is often handed the burden and there are certain things you should know if you ever get asked to plan and execute a successful work do.

If you’re planning the Christmas work party for example, there may be a lot of pressure on you, especially if your organisation has over 50 employees. Some say you can’t please everyone all the time, and they may well be right. There will of course be people who don’t like your idea, find it boring or disapprove of the venue. Everyone has their own opinion, but to create a work party that lives long in the memory, you have to think about all of your employees and not just a select few.

Look around the room when you’re next in the office. Are they shy, outgoing, bubbly or wild? Think about their personalities try to visualise them in different situations, such as a 70s disco, a bowling night, dog racing, fancy restaurant or casino. You should also get feedback when you’re planning the event and run ideas past them. If it’s supposed to be a surprise you should try do this subtly, but the more ideas you have from the team, the better placed you’ll be create a successful work event.

Depending on the budget you’re given, you may want to bring another member of the team on board, so you can share the burden and each contact different suppliers to get the best prices. Managing a work party on your own is a big task so a bit of help will go a long way. In most cases, it’s best to keep the event local as you’ll more likely have higher turnout numbers, whilst you’re often able to get cheaper prices if you know local suppliers.