4 Tips on How Not to Scrooge Your Holiday Work Party

In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve got the holiday season on our minds.

As we approach the end of the year, there’s no doubt that some kind of holiday party planning is well on its way–and usually, the HR department happens to be the one to plan it.

So, to finish off this week’s round of posts, we thought we’d give you several tips on how to prevent any holiday “bah, humbug!” during your holiday work party. Take a look below:

A mandatory holiday party is not a party

Let’s be real, a holiday party that is mandatory is definitely not a real holiday party. As much as you would love to have a jolly ole’ time at the office, forcing people to come to the holiday party will only lead to trouble. Not only is it a bad way to kick off the holidays, it also seems really disingenuous.

Don’t annoy your co-workers about attending

Getting a head-count is nice so that you can adequately plan out food and other party activities, but constantly bugging your co-workers to see if they are coming to the holiday party will do nothing but make you look bad.

Spread your emails out by sending the main memo early-on, and only send a few follow-ups as the party approaches. If someone doesn’t respond, there is no need to hunt them down to get their RSVP. And, if you are worried about running out of food, then just get a little bit extra.

Keep things simple

We’ve all seen it before – the CEO dressed up as Santa Claus or some version of pin the tail on the donkey/reindeer. If your company doesn’t seem like the kind of place that would be interested in these activities, then it’s best to leave them out altogether.

Even Secret Santa exchanges can be a little daunting. Make sure you’re hosting a party for the company you work for–not just something generic–and don’t make things too complicated.

Calling out a scrooge will make you the real Scrooge

Just like the mandatory holiday deal, bullying your co-workers into going to the holiday party will definitely put a damper on the holiday cheer.

Be respectful of your co-workers. There can be plenty of reasons why your co-worker doesn’t want to come. Whether it’s because they haven’t finished their holiday shopping and that day is when they plan on doing it, or because they just want to spend time with their own family, what they do is ultimately their choice.

Most importantly, if they have work to get done, then let them get it done–no one should feel guilty for working, because after all, they are at work.

By following these simple tips, you’ll have a better chance of making your party a success. And in turn, you’ll enhance your company culture by connecting with your co-workers and building long-term relationships. Holiday work parties are an important part of the end of the year, so just stay away from any Scrooge-worthy moves, and you’ll be golden.