Being a business leader isn’t just about playing hardball – it’s also about knowing how to value your employees. The COVID-19 pandemic has been incredibly difficult for all businesses of different shapes and sizes; now that we seem to be heading out of the storm, it’s time to reward the team who kept the ship afloat.
One way to show your employees how much they are valued is to throw an unforgettable event. In this blog, we’ll show you how to give your employees the hard-earned break they deserve through a fantastic event.
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Choose a non-corporate venue
The biggest mistake you can make when you want to reward your employees is by choosing an events venue that feels “corporate”. Hotel function rooms, for example, serve their purpose – but they aren’t exactly exciting places that your hard working colleagues will be dying to visit.
Instead, try to go a little further afield. You could try a corporate yacht charter for a party on the water, or a museum for a little bit of culture at your corporate function.
Choose a non-corporate venue, and you’ll be met with much more enthusiasm as the event date approaches. People want to feel ejected from their day to day lives and brought into something truly special!
Prioritize fun while maintaining professionalism
We have all been to a corporate function that has gotten, well, a little bit out of hand. Usually this is down to alcohol – if you put a group of stressed-out workers in a room with an open bar, things are going to get rowdy.
Of course, this is a situation you want to avoid. You want people to let their hair down and have fun, but it is unprofessional to encourage, or participate in, behavior that you will later regret.
How do you make a business event fun, without letting it get wild? Firstly, you should limit the number of free drinks made available to people. Greeting your employees with a few complimentary beverages is a nice touch, but beyond that, a cash bar is recommended.
In addition, it might be wise to choose a venue that has a definite end-time. Museums, for example, often are only licensed for events until midnight. This keeps rowdiness to a minimum.
Hire top-quality entertainment
There’s nothing worse than going to a party and talking about work all night. Unfortunately, though, this might be the case at your event – everyone works in the same place, so it’s only natural that the conversation may head in that direction.
Break people out of “work mode” with top quality entertainment, such as close magic, highly rated musical performers or even karaoke! Depending on the vibe you want to go for, there are plenty of entertainment options at your disposal – just aim to please and entertain the folks who work so hard on a daily basis.
If you are a business leader looking for a way to say “Thank you!” to your team, throwing an unforgettable event is the best way to do it!