Company parties and events are supposed to be fun ways to build team spirit and congratulate employees on a job well done. Everyone in the company has worked hard all year, so they deserve to feel appreciated. Sometimes the Human Resource department get tasked with planning the Company Christmas party, and it can be a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to feel like it! While a company Christmas party is often an annual tradition, you can still make it FUN!
Whether you handle the preparations yourself or delegate the planning to a colleague, you know it’s going to take some hard work to beat last year’s extravaganza.
We have put some cool ideas to help you and your team top last year’s bash:
Do the Mannequin Challenge!
The Mannequin Challenge is a viral Internet video trend where people remain frozen in action like mannequins while a video is recorded. Get all employees and executives to take part – And be sure to share your video. It could go viral.
Here’s a Mannequin challenge done by Michelle Obama and the Cleveland Cavaliers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZzklOEGW0w
Flash Mob Dance
This was very popular during the early 2000s – This is when is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless dance for a brief time, then quickly disperse.
Choreograph a simple dance and get only a few employees to join in and surprise the others with some moves.
A nice for song with simple moves is Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru0K8uYEZWw
Gift Exchange / Gift Stealing
With a Secret Santa exchange, everyone in the office anonymously draws the name of one co-worker for whom they will buy an inexpensive gift (Set a reasonable limit). If you want to make it more fun, encourage employees to leave hints about their identities for their recipients up until the big reveal which will happen during the company Christmas party.
Or you could do the white elephant gift exchange which is sometimes called gift stealing. Have each employee bring in a wrapped gift to be put in a central location, where everyone will take turns selecting presents. The first person to go opens the gift they chose, and the next person has the option to steal the previous person’s gift or select a new one. But what makes a gift stealing fun are the types of presents involved; gifts are usually weird or funny items.