Tips from Your local Italian Restaurant on Throwing an Unforgettable Work Function
So your office is planning a work event for you and your coworkers. It might be for a holiday, or to celebrate a great success, or even just to show appreciation towards employees. Whatever the occasion, somehow the responsibility of planning the most amazing office party your coworkers have ever seen has fallen on you. No pressure, right? Don’t panic – with a few ideas and a lot of heart, you can make a work function that won’t soon be forgotten!
Use the Resources at Your Disposal
If you’re not sure about what kind of resources might help you, just look around your office. Does your company use a centralized online calendar service? Great! Use this to set the date of the party and let your coworkers RSVP so you can keep a headcount going. You can even use e-mail to take suggestions for the party, or even perform polls (e.g. “burger joint or Italian restaurant?”).
If you have coworkers who have certain talents or contacts, ask them to help you plan it. Just make sure that Greg from accounting’s cousin who “does a little DJ-ing now and then” knows what he’s doing before asking him to provide music!
Take the “Office” out of Your Office Party
This is crucial to letting people actually have fun at your party – and really, a party without fun is not a party anyone wants to go to. Your coworkers probably don’t want to be surrounded by computers and photocopiers as they let their hair down, so get out of the office, and go somewhere where they can have fun. We’re not saying you have to rent a big dance hall and deck the halls – think simple, and think local. If you can easily walk to the venue from where you work, then great. A favourite pub, eatery, or a nice Italian restaurant all do nicely. Just make sure to book the space in advance – you don’t want to show up for the party to find out that there’s not enough room for you.
Appeal to Everyone (as Much as Possible)
One of the simple and basic truths of the universe is this: you can’t please everyone. But that doesn’t mean you can’t please as many people as possible. You might love the spice and zest of Tex-Mex cooking, but maybe Greg from accounting’s stomach just can’t handle it (geez, get it together, Greg from accounting!). Pick a style of food that is more universally palatable. Italian restaurants make a particularly good choice for great office parties; the food is widely loved, and the menu offers something for everyone. Also make sure that there are great non-alcoholic beverages available to people who either don’t drink, or who are planning to drive home afterwards – safety should always come first!