Last Updated: Feb 13, 2018
Hosting a holiday party for employees is traditional for most businesses at this time of year. But hosting one that shows your appreciation for a year of hard work without breaking the bank isn’t easy. Here are a few hints that can help.

You don’t want your employees to think of you as the modern-day personification of Charles Dickens’ bah-humbugging and miserly “Ebenezer Scrooge.” At the same time, you do want to reward your employees with some frivolity and fun this holiday season but not at the expense of your bottom line. What’s a small businessperson to do?

However limited your party budget, it will serve you well to show your appreciation for your workers’ year-long efforts in some tangible and merry-making manner; to celebrate together in a social rather than business atmosphere. This goes a long way toward making workers feel valued and helps them bond with one another, a good step toward teambuilding and improving morale.

Whether you hold your holiday party on or off company premises, there are many ways for you and your employees to have a frolicking good time without “breaking the bank.”

Try to locate office parties away from workstations; you want to do what you can to create a “non-businesslike” atmosphere. Bring in a multi-disc player sound system and play some popular holiday CD’s, or tune your company radio to a local station that plays non-stop holiday music; some do so from midnight Thanksgiving Day to midnight Christmas Day.

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Consider playing some lighthearted holiday games or activities to add some fun to the festivities. Go to for party game suggestions for company holiday parties. Take some party photos of employees and display them on your company bulletin board.

If your employees work a variety of time schedules, try to hold an all-shift station of holiday food and drink in a focal location so that every employee can partake.

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The holidays should be a festive and fun time, a time of good will and as much generosity as one can muster. With this in mind, reward your employees with a joyful holiday party as a tangible way to express your appreciation for their yearlong efforts. And leave that bah-humbugging to someone else.

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