So, let’s talk about the C word, and no we don’t mean Covid (we’ve heard enough of that to last a lifetime) we mean CHRISTMAS!

Whilst last year you may not have been able to hold a Christmas party for your employees, you might be hoping to do so this year, we certainly are at Hallidays HR.

Although we all dread throwing a party and no one turning up, this year it is a real possibility. There could be members of your team who just aren’t ready to get their dancing shoes out for an in person gathering just yet.

So, how will you know what the best way to plan is?

Checking if people are interested in a Christmas party is a good starting point to get a feel for how many people are ready to dance the night away, how many might need some extra coercing and how many just flat out aren’t ready to get their glad rags on.

You could consider sending out an invite to get a feel for how many people RSVP, or if anyone raises any concerns. Another way to do this could be through an all users email, or a short survey sent to employees to give them the opportunity to answer anonymously if they are feeling nervous about it.

Whatever your thoughts are, it is of course important to ensure that nobody is treated any different or made to feel like a party pooper if they simply don’t want to attend. As an employer you have a duty of care to ensure that this doesn’t happen, so we would suggest reminding everyone of this.

So, what are the alternatives?

There are a few things you could consider to ensure that those who don’t feel comfortable attending aren’t left out:

  • Christmas hampers;
  • Holding a virtual Christmas party;
  • Home party kits;
  • Virtual secret Santa;
  • Vouchers;
  • Company pub quiz; or a
  • Charity donation.

What about those that do attend?

Of course, for those that do attend, it is a chance to perhaps rebuild those working relationships that may well have dipped due to people being furloughed or working from home. Additionally, if you have new employees who joined during the pandemic, it is an opportunity to get to know them more.

And whilst it is a Christmas party and employees have been known to celebrate in style, it is of course important to highlight that they are representing your Company and that any untoward behaviour may well need to be addressed. Although we don’t include renditions of Mariah’s All I want For Christmas in this!

Whatever you decide to do, we hope you enjoy it!