Last month we asked you if you enjoy seasonal office parties, with the majority answering yes. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we thought we’d share some tips on how to host an office Friendsgiving that’s sure to leave everyone feeling full and grateful!
Schedule In Advance
Remember that most people will be traveling home for Thanksgiving. Try planning your Friendsgiving the week before or after the holiday, ideally mid-week, so people have something exciting and fun to look forward to! It’s important to be inclusive and invite as many people from the company as possible to the event. A great way to get a sense of people’s availability is to send out a company-wide email with a few dates for the event and choose the date that most employees can attend.
Once the date has been set, it’s time to delegate tasks to each employee. From bringing utensils and plates to making delicious home-cooked appetizers, there are plenty of ways to include every employee in the preparations for the event. Keep a signup sheet in the office lobby or breakroom so employees can sign up for the task that makes the most sense for them.
The Day of the Event
Carve out some time to decorate the space before the event, but don’t go overboard. Remember that this event will likely occur during everyone’s lunch hour and that cleanup is part of the process. Rather than going crazy with streamers and balloons, opt for some simple touches that make the space feel more warm and welcoming, like turning on a festive playlist and placing some mini pumpkins on the table as a centerpiece.
The most important part of a Friendsgiving is to have fun! Use this time as an opportunity to bond with your colleagues and learn who they are outside of work-related tasks. This is also a great time to thank your team members for their hard work and dedication and express your gratitude to those who help make your organization a success.