Top 3 ideas for company holiday get-togethers

Figuring out last minute plans for the holidays?

You have 5 days left to go before the holidays and you still don’t know what to do for your team. Here’s my top 3 categories of activities that can get you started in thinking of a meaningful event planning for your team.

Corporate Responsibility is an important value for any company and translating this into the organization’s culture can be rewarding for the employees and even fiscally for the company through client loyalty, linkage to the community, career channel, etc . Examples of holiday activities include getting together to bring food to the homeless, sing carols at a hospice, play sports with a local youth outreach program team, plant trees, clean up streets, plow snow for the aged in the community, etc. Just today I saw volunteers from PriceWaterhouseCoopers at a gift wrapping kiosk at the Eaton Centre for a worthy cause.

Team-building and Reconnecting like Painting Pottery (like Make Meaning in Manhattan), going to a local Museum (Ottawa’s local museums for example have a slew of holiday events), morning group exercise at your local gym and a healthy brunch afterwards (Boing with Kangoo in LA comes to mind), etc. Learn something new from each other and the environment around you, enjoy a nice meal with coworkers and reconnect. Good to get away from the usual work related team-building activities.

Networking ala speed dating is perfect especially for groups undergoing transitions. Executive sponsored lunch and served by the executives. Employees would like to see that. We’ve seen on TV – from McDonalds to Dairy Queen. Non-retail organizations can do this as well. Have an activity where you get to know others using a game framework – human bingo is very popular (also quite an old ice breaker) and is one of hundreds (if not thousands) of networking activities out there. The idea is to get people moving, keep them talking, get them to know each other on a more personal level – make everyone human and not just cog pieces needing for you to move a train towards a corporate goal.

Now, of course, its always a good idea to get the team to provide input because there are times when everyone just want to chill, have a glass of wine, and chat without another activity that feels like its work. This works nicely too. At the end of the day, its all about ensuring everyone is thanked for their contribution for the year, celebrate their successes, and enjoy each other’s company. Makes for a better new year too.

photo credit floral gift wrap

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