How to Make Your Office Party Work For Your Whole Team

Holiday parties are a great opportunity to reinforce the cultural values of an employee-first philosophy in your organization. So despite whether you’re having your holiday celebration this year in a bowling alley or a fancy restaurant, here are some things to consider:

2) Be authentic and transparent about the funding for the event. Did you have a great year this year? Your team should know that–and your holiday celebration will likely reflect it in terms of the level of investment you’re able to make. Similarly, in years when revenues are down or costs are up, your team will be more understanding of the make-shift celebration you put together if they know why. Be transparent with your team about the budget for the holiday celebration, and be authentic and generous in how you contribute what you’re able.

3) Take a moment for gratitude. The end of the year is a fabulous time to recognize your team and show some appreciation for their contributions, even if you regularly do so throughout the year. Take the opportunity to affirm those feelings and verbally acknowledge your employees’ achievements in specific terms. Calling out the gifts, talents, and contributions of team members builds enormous pride and commitment to you as a leader and to the team and company more broadly..[…]



Jim Woods is president of The Jim Woods Group. A management consulting firm. Go here to see his work He advises and speaks to organizations large and small on how to increase top line growth in times of uncertainty and complexity. Some of his speaking and consulting clients include: U.S. Army, MITRE Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Whirlpool, and 3M. See more at his website

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