Ok so it’s the start of December. The last few weeks have been super stressful and any plans for a Christmas get together have got somewhat awry. You know it’s important for team morale to bring everyone together at this time of year and last minute drinks at a super cramped at  All Bar One where no one can sit down isn’t going to cut it….

Well don’t panic. You can still give the team a Christmas team a ‘do’ to remember - you just might need to think a bit more creatively…. Here’s some ideas:

1. Have A Champagne Breakfast

Ok so all the decent venues are booked up at lunch time and in the evening but what about for breakfast? If you’re thinking about having a get together at late notice than having something during work hours is probably you’re best as staff may well already have plans in the evening and for working parents getting childcare at this time of year is a real challenge. So why not let your team share the joys of the season over a champagne breakfast instead…

2. Invite Them Over To Yours

A wonderful way to make a small team feel special is to invite them into your home or your local pub. No guest list is required and it could really help your staff get to know you better.

3. Hold An Impromptu Office Party

Who needs a fancy venue? Push the desks back a bit and fire on some festive tunes and you’ve got an instant party… You’ll need to do some proper hosting though to make the team feel special. Make some effort with the decorations, ask the leadership team to each bring in some  homemade christmas food and why not be the drinks waiter yourself?

5. Look For A Ready-Made Solution

Shared Christmas parties are becoming more and more popular. Here, you can really get more bang for your buck and all the hard work starts for you. For example, the ‘Rocking Good Christmas’ dinner and disco by West End Events is just £50 a head.

6. Ask For Help

Whilst it’s ok to lean on a trusted member of staff to organise this all for you - especially if it’s your office manager or PA, it’s what they are there for. But you must show your appreciation. Please don’t forget to thank them in public and give them their own Christmas treat or bonus….

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