Depending on who you ask, the office Christmas party can be an event that everyone looks forward to or an event everyone dreads. If you happen to be the one planning the big event, the pressure is on to make it a success. Read on for some great ideas to make your office party a success that people will be talking about for months.
Most people don’t consider sitting around the office sipping punch and eating sugar cookies a great time. The first thing you can do to liven up your event is to take it out of the office. This gives employees something to look forward to and gets them out of the place where they work. Moving it out of the building rather than down the hall, makes the temptation to discuss work lessen and helps people really socialize and relax.
A nice luncheon can also lessen some of the pitfalls of office party etiquette, like too much alcohol. Nobody wants to be the one that gets talked about for years to come because they got too drunk at the party. A luncheon at a hotel or nice restaurant minimizes the drinking aspect and keeps things focused on safer holiday fun.
Menu, Prizes, and Guests
One way to change things up is to give your menu some international flair. If you typically go the traditional route, perhaps try an Asian-inspired holiday menu. Or you can go with some traditional Mexican holiday favorites as well. These are popular options and can also give you some variety in your decorating.
Offering door prizes is a great way to generate excitement and get people engaged. The ideas for door prizes are seemly endless and can range from extra vacation days, gift cards for restaurants, spa treatments, gas or groceries are always a big hit. You can either do a traditional drawing and give raffle tickets as guests arrive or you can make it a game to win those sought-after prizes. Have your guests take a guess as to how many candy canes or red and green jelly beans are in the jar.
Christmas office parties can also be a time to recognize company success and employee contributions. One way to put the focus on the surrounding community is to incorporate a charitable cause as part of your holiday celebration. Perhaps there is a local children’s hospital or food pantry in need of supplies. Most communities have a variety of causes to support so do a little homework and ask your employees what causes they support. You might get some great ideas and really make a difference in your community while celebrating the holidays.
Some Christmas parties are limited to staff only but you might want to consider expanding the guest list and making it a family affair. For some, childcare is an issue so allowing children to attend eases that burden. And if you incorporate an activity like bowling or ice skating, this makes it much more fun for kids and spouses to attend and enjoy themselves.
White elephant or gag gifts are always a fun option, provided everyone keeps it clean! You don’t want any post-party human resource issues. One idea is to have everyone find the worst gift under $5 and have a drawing of wrapped gifts where there are only a few gifts worth keeping. Scattering a few $5 coffee gift cards in the midst of gag gifts can make it a fun drawing as well.
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Thanksgiving is around the corner, and if your office likes to celebrate, you might be starting to think about party ideas. Even if your office has never thrown a Thanksgiving party before, this could be a great time to start! Here are some of our best Thanksgiving party planning tips for your office.
Creating invitations will add excitement around the event and ensure that more people actually remember to attend. You can get creative and design flyers to distribute around your office either on paper or through email, or use eVite or another online invitation service. An added bonus of the invitation services is that they will track your invitees to see who is definitely or maybe attending, so you can get a good idea of how many people to expect.
Decorate your office in paper cut outs of fall leaves, different sizes and colors of gourds, glasses full of chestnuts, dried ears of corn covered in glitter, and fall colored wreaths. Ask your employees to bring in their own homemade decorations. Buy paper plates, napkins, and plastic utensils in fall colors to continue the theme.
Design Your Own Potluck
Everyone enjoys a good potluck, because they are always full of surprises and there are usually lots of homemade goodies! When planning your office Thanksgiving potluck, think about a theme. Do you just want people to bring pie? Should you hold it right after the holiday and have everyone bring their leftovers to share? Or maybe you think your coworkers will have had enough turkey and stuffing and you want to have a taco bar, your options are open!
Thank Your Employees
What more appropriate time to thank your employees for their service than this? Make sure to take a moment during the party to thank your employees personally for their contributions. Consider giving them take-home gifts like candy bars, awards, or maybe copies of a book that you find meaningful or is relevant to your industry.
Hold a Charity Competition
Think of those who don’t have what you do, and collect food and clothes to donate. The department who donates the most gets a prize!
Play Thanksgiving Games
Ring the Pumpkin- Line up a few large pumpkins on the ground. Before the party, create rope hoops of an appropriate size that you can throw over the pumpkins. Have your coworkers see if they can ring the pumpkin stem.
Thanksgiving Charades-Play a game of charades with Thanksgiving words.
Gigglebelly– You will need at least four players for this game, but the more the merrier! The first person lies down on the floor. The second person lies on the floor with their head resting on the first person’s belly. The third person lies with their head resting on the second person’s belly, until there is a chain of people all lying with their heads on each other’s bellies. To start the game, the first-person yells “Ha!” Then the second person yells, “Ha ha!” The third person yells “Ha ha ha!” and it continues down the line. Eventually, everyone will be rolling over with laughter!
We hope you have a happy Thanksgiving, and enjoy your office party!
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Don’t bore your coworkers with egg & spoon races and hot dog eating contests. Today, there are many fun and exciting ways to bond with your coworkers that will actually engage them rather than elicit disgruntled sighs. Try some of these team building activities for work to build communication channels and make friends at the office!
What you’ll need: 1 key, 5-10 puzzles or clues, depending on how much time you want to spend on the game.
How you play: Lock the team in the conference room or other available office space with the puzzles and clues. Set a timer and see if they can solve the puzzles in time to find the hidden key before time runs out! This one is good for creative problem solving and collaboration.
Battle of the Airbands
What you’ll need: speakers, smartphone, costumes and props.
How you play: This one is planned a few days in advance. Form your department into teams of three or four, and ask them to form an imaginary band. They each choose a song that they will sip sync to with their own costumes and props. They can have a couple of days to rehearse. Everyone gets to vote on who put on the best performance, but nobody gets to vote for their own team. This one is good for team bonding.
What you’ll need: blank paper, markers or pens, drawings of shapes or simple images.
How you play: Put team members into pairs. Have each pair sit back-to-back on the floor. One person holds the drawing or image, and the other has the blank paper and markers or pens. The person that holds the image describes it to their partner without directly telling them what it is, and their partner must try to recreate the drawing from the description. After a set amount of time, have each team compare their images to see who drew the most accurate replica. This game is good for building communication skills.
What you’ll need: 20-25 trivia questions about your office.
How you play: Test your team’s observation skills with specific questions about your office. “What brand are the telephones?” “How many departments do we have in total?” “What color is the kitchen ceiling?” The possibilities are endless! This trivia is perfect for team bonding.
Salt & Pepper
What you’ll need: tape, small pieces of paper, a list of well-known pairs (think peanut butter & jelly, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, salt & pepper, etc.)
How you play: Write one half of each pair on each sheet of paper (salt on one half, pepper on the other,) then tape all the pieces to people’s backs. Have everyone mingle and try to figure out who or what they are without asking. Once they figure it out, they must try and find their matching pair. Together, they must sit down and find three things they have in common. This one is good for communication skills.
A team that works well together is not only happier but also more productive. Try some of these team building exercises with your office to upgrade your work environment.
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Halloween is one of the most festive holidays of the year, but it can be tough to navigate the celebrations in the office. For employers who are hesitant to allow such an event in the workplace, it may comfort you to know that Halloween parties in the office can actually be a great opportunity for team building exercises. Camaraderie among employees can increase productivity, worker satisfaction, and help employees to feel valued and content in their position. If you are lucky enough to be allowed to throw a Halloween office party, then read on for some fun office Halloween ideas you can implement at this year’s spooky office bash!
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Develop an Office Tradition
If your goal is to build up your team spirit within the office, then you may want to consider starting an office tradition for Halloween and other holidays. This can be done in a number of ways. Go out and volunteer for one of the many food drives around this time of year with coworkers. Participate in a charity walk, run, or another event. Run a spooky themed can drive for the local homeless shelter or food bank.
Other simple ideas include starting an annual Halloween breakfast or luncheon, costume contest, Halloween trivia, harvest themed relay races, or even pumpkin carving contests. Although they may seem pointless to some employers, these group activities can help employees to bond with one another, building a more cohesive team which works more efficiently together throughout the year(s).
Spooky Team Building Halloween Games
There are many fun office Halloween ideas and games to play during a Halloween office party to increase team building. Relay races can help coworkers to learn to work together. Halloween trivia between departments can build camaraderie among employees between work departments which may have limited content at other times in the year. Pumpkin carving contests, costume contests, and potlucks can help employees get to know one another better as individuals. For games, it’s always a great idea to include prizes for the teams or individuals with the most points or votes.
Many people enjoy dressing up on Halloween. You can implement work appropriate restrictions on costumes to keep things light or opt to hold the Halloween office party after hours. Enlist a voting system or panel of judges to choose the best costumes and give away fun prizes. Costumes are great conversation starters wherein employees can learn things about one another and develop stronger bonds on a more personal level.
Potluck or Catering?
If you want to keep costs low, consider throwing a Halloween potluck and ask each employee to bring their favorite spooky dish, candies or drinks. Otherwise, you may want to cater the entire event to keep things simple and reward your employees in a fun way. Another option is to host your office Halloween party at a local venue away from the office at a set time.
Whatever you choose to do, it is important to include at least one team building exercise to encourage your employees to work more efficiently as a team and also to feel valued as individuals. Halloween is one of the best times to achieve this while having a great time as well. If you are looking to open, expand, or design medical spaces, contact Boulevard LA for assistance today.
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The weather is warmer, the days are longer and the great outdoors beckon your employees while they are working in the office. To boost morale and help your employees enjoy the summer while at work, think about throwing a fun office party. It can be a great way to help employees enjoy the summer while still working, and you might even see an increase in productivity. Bring the sun with some of these Summer office party ideas and games.
Split employees into teams for a fun scavenger hunt around the office. To encourage bonding among employees, make sure to pick the teams and put people from different departments on the same team. You can hide items for employees to find and include riddles as to the location. When they find the item, they can snap a picture on their phone. The first one to take a picture of all the items wins!
Bring Your Child to Work Day
Chances are, your employees’ children are out of school for the summer. Consider hosting a “bring your child to work day” to help parents spend more time with their kids and to liven up the office environment. You can have games, fun presentations, scavenger hunts and tours of the office for the children to enjoy.
This is a great event to help children understand what their parents do at work, and can even get them thinking about their future careers (depending on how old they are). It also promotes work-life balance, and is a great way to show your employees your dedication.
Ice Cream Social
Hosting an ice cream social for employees is a great way to bring the summer feel to your office. You can invite all employees to meet in the kitchen area to make their own sundaes. Make sure to provide a few different flavors of ice cream, and all the toppings: chocolate and caramel syrup, sprinkles, whipped cream, nuts, candy, cherries, etc. Remember to ask employees about any allergies and accommodate them accordingly.
Potlucks are a great way for employees to show off their cooking skills – and eating skills. You can ask employees to bring in food for the potluck a few weeks before, and put out a signup sheet so that people can see who is bringing what. To liven up the potluck, consider making it themed or even hold a contest for the best tasting dish.
Hosting a game day is a great team-building event that can help boost morale. Depending on how many employees you have, their interests and how much space you have at the office, there is a variety of games to play. You can use your office’s parking lot or an open space nearby for sports, like soccer, kickball, volleyball, etc. To see what your employees are most interested in playing, send out a survey a few weeks prior to the event.
If the activity is outdoors on a hot day, make sure to provide employees with water and sports drinks. You can even offer snack or host a barbeque after the games are finished.
Make your employees feel like they are on a mini-vacation with a summer-themed party. There are lots of summer themes for a party:
• Clam bake
• Fourth of July
Once you have picked your theme, find food, drinks and decorations that align with it. You employees will love bonding over great food and drinks while having fun with the theme. As you can see, Summer office party ideas are a great way to bring any team together for the warmer months.
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Office celebrations can be a lot of fun, but they’re also great for improving the productivity of your office. Office parties improve morale by giving you a chance to make sure your medical office knows how much you appreciate them and the work they do, and by giving your staff a chance to relax and bond with each other, increasing teamwork and group cohesion in your office. With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, now is a great time to throw together an office party that is both fun and helpful for your practice. Let’s take a look at some of the best Cinco de Mayo party ideas for your office this year.
Festive Food and Drink
Food and drink are the best parts of any part, but for many of us, Cinco de Mayo brings to mind images of margaritas and imported beers. These drinks are best enjoyed after your medical practice closes, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of options for your office’s Cinco de Mayo festivities. For more work appropriate fare, alcohol free margaritas (though you may want to keep these out of sight of your patients to avoid awkward questions) and, of course, traditional Mexican foods and their Tex-Mex cousins tend to be major crowd pleasers. Mexican colas, which use real cane sugar instead of corn syrup can also be a hit. Guacamole, salsa, and queso are all great snack options to keep in your break room for staff to grab when they have a chance.
For a more comprehensive option, try a lunchtime taco, nacho, or burrito bar for your staff. This can be quickly, easily, and inexpensively whipped up by you or a staff volunteer, or you can splurge a little and have a local restaurant cater for extra authenticity and even less effort. If you really don’t want to go without. Don’t forget to be sensitive to any staff members with dietary limitations by incorporating alternative choices that they can eat, dairy or gluten free options for any staff members with dietary limitations.
Create the Right Atmosphere
Aside from food and beverages, decor is the most important part of any party or celebration. You can go all out with carefully placed sombreros, a hanging Mexican flag, and lights and Mexico and Cinco de Mayo themed banners strung up around your office. Alternatively, for a thriftier approach, simply use store bought or even homemade decorations in the colors of the Mexican flag: red, green, and white.
Don’t forget to choose the right music to finish off your fun and festive atmosphere. Traditionally, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated with mariachi music, but for a more modern take, try a Mexican pop radio station, either through standard publicly accessible radio stations or through your medical practice’s internet radio provider.
Be Culturally Sensitive
Remember that Cinco de Mayo is a culturally significant holiday, so try learning a bit about the history of the holiday so you know why you are even celebrating in the first place. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the unexpected victory of the Mexican army over the French in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a relatively minor holiday, but it later became a way for Mexican-Americans to celebrate their Mexican culture and pride and has now become a celebration of Mexican culture in general throughout much of the United States. Recognize and appreciate this history – and keep your office party classy – by avoiding the stereotypes and hurtful jokes that are found in many Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
Celebrate Throughout the Year
Cinco de Mayo may only come around once a year, but there are plenty of holidays that you can celebrate at your office to create a festive atmosphere, have fun at work, and keep your medical practice’s staff’s morale high. For more office party ideas, see our guides for celebrating Easter and Saint Patrick’s Day in your medical office.
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Easter is quickly approaching, and for many of us that means time spent with family, hunting eggs, and maybe going to church. For many of us spending time in the office before the holiday, the idea of an Easter celebration at work sounds good, but how can we celebrate in a way that’s inclusive and appropriate for the workplace?
Well, fortunately there are a number of office Easter party ideas that are fun and inclusive of people of all faiths and beliefs.
Celebrating in An Inclusive Way
One of the most important things about any office event is for everyone involved to feel included and accepted. For this reason, it’s best to avoid any of the religious significance of the holiday, and to instead focus on the more secular aspects of the day, such as Easter Eggs, the Easter Bunny, and the general celebration of spring. You can also plan a company picnic or barbeque, because let’s face it, everyone loves a free lunch.
It’s important from both a legal and social perspective to include everyone in the fun, no matter their personal belief system. Towards that end, here are some things you can do that are fun for everyone.
Organizing an Office Egg Hunt
When you get right down to it, the most important aspect of typical Easter celebrations is the act of coming together with family and friends.
One of the best office Easter party ideas is to organize an office egg hunt for the children of your employees, or for local kids, or even for your patient’s families. If this sounds like something that would work in your office, try asking around and gauging interest. You don’t want to have an egg hunt and no kids to go hunting…unless you want to do an Easter egg hunt for adults, which is totally fine too.
You can do this indoors or out, just make sure you use candy instead of real eggs (you don’t want an unfound egg going bad in your waiting room), and be sensitive to any potential allergens such as gluten, or nuts.
Bringing Out the Easter Bunny
You may also want to schedule a visit from the Easter Bunny, either instead of or in conjunction with an egg hunt. There are a number of places that will rent or sell an Easter Bunny costume, and some will even provide performers. You can let the little ones take pictures with the Easter Bunny, or have Easter Baskets ready for everyone. Of course, you may want to do the baskets anyway, because everyone loves getting treats.
Spring is In the Air
If you want to do something as a general celebration of spring, it’s hard to go wrong with an office picnic or barbeque. Reserve a place at a local park, or just outside your office and get out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather.
Catering is fine for a small office, but if you have a bigger office you may want to do things potluck style to keep costs down.
You may also want to plan some games, or have a few things like lawn darts (the updated kind that uses beanbags, not the banned version with metal spikes). This makes for not only great fun, but also a lovely bonding experience for everyone present.
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In a medical office, it can feel like there’s never enough time to get everything done. Taking a couple hours out of the day just for fun may be impossible, so it may seem like celebrating holidays at the office would be impractical or a waste of time. However, celebrations can actually be very beneficial. They boost workplace morale, especially if you take the opportunity to make sure your staff knows that they’re appreciated, and you can celebrate without taking time out of your office’s busy schedule. With your lucky day right around the corner, let’s take a look at some fun Saint Patrick’s Day office ideas you can implement without cutting into time with patients.
Your Saint Patrick’s Day celebration won’t be very effective at improving morale if your employees don’t take part, let alone enjoy themselves, so find ways to encourage staff participation even before the holiday. Send out praise ecards to inform staff of the celebration and let them know how much you appreciate them. If you have a small staff, you could even write out cards for each staff member. Staff that feels appreciated will be more likely to take part.
In addition, you could instruct staff member ahead of time to wear green, and provide a prize for the employee who wears the most green or has the most creative outfit. Have inexpensive green beads or something similar on hand so that any staff members who forget or are otherwise unable to can still take part. You can also encourage employees to decorate their work spaces and, again, provide a prize for the best looking or most celebratory space. This not only creates a festive atmosphere and motivates staff to take part in the festivities, it also saves you time, money, and effort on decorating the office.
Finally, make your celebration meaningful by hosting a drive or collecting donations for a local cause. You can make this thematic by supporting an environmental, ‘green’ cause, or you can choose a local school, charity, or other organization. If you want, you could even inform patients of your drive or donation collection to get them involved, too.
Traditional Irish Fare
While for many people, St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration defined by drinking, there are plenty of thematic foods and beverages that can be consumed other than alcohol. Having thematic food can be a great motivator for staff to get involved in festivities, and is a fun way to celebrate without having to take time away from patients. Staff can simply grab food on their breaks. You can either take this opportunity to treat your staff, or you can involve your staff by inviting them to bring in dishes for an office potluck. Among the most Irish of Saint Patrick’s Day office ideas, this one is sure to be the most popular.
You can simply provide staff favorites, or you can try traditional Irish and Irish-American food like bangers and mash (sausages and potatoes), soda bread, bacon (boiled ham) and cabbage, colcannon (mashed potatoes and cabbage), boxty (potato cake), shepherd’s pie, and potato bread. Thematic desserts can provide an extra festive touch to satisfy the sweet teeth on staff. If you really want to go the extra mile, you could provide a light or heavy breakfast for staff in the morning, including foods and drinks like green smoothies, green tea, soda or potato bread pastries, boiled bacon, sausages, or even hard boiled eggs dyed green (just make sure your dye is food safe).
Set the Scene
If you have staff decorate work spaces and host a festive lunch, you’re already halfway done with creating a fun, thematic atmosphere in your office on Saint Patrick’s Day. However, there are still a few more steps to complete the ambiance. Purchase decorations like streamers, banners, signs, balloons, and more cheaply at party or dollar stores, and pay special attention to the main lobby and break rooms to optimize the effect for both your patients and your guests. If you wish, you could provide patients with green beads to include them in your celebration, especially if your office often sees children.
Music without lyrics can be soothing for your patients and aid in the productivity of your staff, so why not add the finishing touch some ambiance to your office by playing some traditional instrumental Irish music. If you want to play something more subtle, celebratory, or hip, try music by Irish bands like The Pogues, The Cranberries, The Script, U2, Irish Rovers, Celtic Thunder, the Clancy Brothers and the Irish Tenors.
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Regardless of your office space, these creative Saint Patrick’s Day office ideas are sure to bring the fun. However, if you are interested in changing spaces, regardless of the reason, Boulevard LA can help make it a positive experience for you, your staff, and your patients. Whether you’re starting your practice from scratch, are simply considering changing spaces, or have already started planning your move, the experts and Boulevard LA have the knowledge and expertise to make the whole process a breeze. Schedule your consultation today.