The UK was bathed in glorious sunshine over the Easter weekend as people finally started feeling summery again.
A combination of a four-day weekend and long spells of sunshine naturally puts people in a better mood and has them looking forward to the days ahead. Then there is the inevitable comedown of having to go back to work after such an enjoyable extended time away from the office.
Spring and summer are crucial parts of the year for any business with companies looking to secure major deals that will take them through to the end of the year. It requires an incredible amount of effort from all members of staff and may result in those long days in the office. With this level of work, there needs to be a point where staff are rewarded.
Christmas is usually seen as the traditional part of the year to have a bit of a shindig as a way of thanking staff for their hard work during the past 12 months. However, organising an event during the summer can provide a timely boost and show employees that they are truly valued by their company.
There is also that added bonus of having much more favourable weather than the winter. It does not have to be a big thing and could simply be food and drink at a local bar or restaurant. The gesture will not go unnoticed with staff members and can be the pick-me-up that some employees need.
So what should you consider when organising a summer extravaganza? Here is our guide to the dos and don’ts when booking an office party over the warmer months.
Pick a simple activity
Sometimes people can over-think what to do for an office party. An event too extravagant may not hit the right notes while something which takes too much organisation and participation can ultimately fall flat so try an activity that is easy and straightforward. At the end of a working day, people just want to chill out and unwind so play to those strengths.
If it is a relatively small party then it is does not take too much effort to organise. It can be done within easy reach of the workplace meaning employees do not have to worry about getting to the venue by either car or public transport. If you have it in a city centre then people do not feel obliged to stay all evening and can slink off whenever they want.
Having just a simple occasion makes everyone feel much more relaxed and not as pressured to do something they are not that comfortable with.
Getting the venue right
As previously mentioned, the venue is a critical component of any staff party. Once you have decided on what you are going to do, then you need to find a venue that will match those expectations. Location is key and may even be a major factor in how many employees actually decide to attend.
The beauty of a work party is that you can host it pretty much anywhere whether it be in the various restaurants in Shoreditch or at a popular Covent Garden pub but it needs to be easily accessible. Ideally, you want it to be within walking distance of the workplace meaning there is no need for transport.
You also need a place that is going to accommodate all attendees. If you book ahead, many places will be able to reserve a spot which will be set aside when you arrive. The venue will also be able to provide food and drink for your employees to create a relaxing vibe once upon arrival.
An army marches on its stomach
It is an old adage that an army marches on its stomach and this could not be more true in the case of a work party. Getting the food right and everyone fed is an absolutely crucial factor when organising any kind of shindig. You need to decide whether you want to have a sit-down meal or something a lot less formal.
Again, planning is key and your venue will be hugely important. One of the easiest ways of satisfying the hunger of your workforce and also not stressing yourself out with organising is simply booking a buffet. Bars and restaurants will be able to accommodate groups no matter how big and will have special menus to suit all tastes.
Taking an approach like this can ensure that organising a work party is not the hassle it can be. Having it all arranged easily like this means you can enjoy the event yourself and not be worrying about every little detail.
With a buffet available and a tab open behind the bar then you can get into the party spirit and truly unwind after a long day/week/month. And if the sun is shining it makes it all the better.