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The Office Christmas Party: How to Celebrate Like a Boss This Silly Season

 The Christmas Party

 

 

For most people, the festive season really is the most wonderful time of the year, with all the celebrations, good food, flowing wine and gifts, with friends, family and colleagues. There aren’t many companies who don’t celebrate the silly season in some way, whether through a simple workplace lunch or an extravagant, multi-day affair, and these can be both a blessing, and a curse.

In 2012, Google employees were gifted with a Chromebook or Nexus 7 tablet, in 2014 received smartwatches, and in 2016 were perhaps disappointed when the company donated gifts to underprivileged kids on their behalf.

Meanwhile, 2016 saw Apple employees receiving t-shirts and other printed goods, while Coles received employee backlask by switching their staff Christmas gifts from Lindt Chocolate to Coles branded mince pies! It seems that Christmas is more complicated than ever.

 

 

As with most business decisions, what kind of Christmas party you have needs to be weighed up and carefully considered, with your budget, your company's mission and your employees' preferences in mind. It’s important to ask yourself, ‘What is the purpose of this Christmas party?’ as your planning gets underway, to help you determine exactly what it will entail. It sounds silly, but a Christmas party that’s purely about rewarding staff will be very different to one that has the objective of giving everyone an opportunity to network with clients or bond with employees and their families.

Advantages of having a big Christmas celebration

 

  • It rewards staff: splurging on champagne, catered food, a big venue and engaging entertainment is very clear and obvious way to reward employees, giving them an opportunity to really enjoy the party, indulge a little and get something back for their hard work.
  • It offers a bonding opportunity: when the celebration is big, there are plenty of opportunities to bond, connect and form relationships.
  • It gives the team a chance to have fun and let loose: just like all big celebrations, having a large Christmas party with lots going on is fun! Isn’t that what the Silly Season is all about?

Advantages of having a small Christmas celebration

  • It costs the company less money, at an already expensive time of year
  • It can require less effort and therefore the use of fewer company resources
  • Smaller events often have a smaller chance of bad behaviour occurring
  • It can give employees the chance to be rewarded in other ways. If the Christmas party only takes place over a couple of hours during the working week, they have the option of leaving early and celebrating the end of the year in their own way.

 

 

The venue


Selecting a venue for a Christmas party can be tricky, particularly if you have a tight budget and have limited funds. The first consideration: should this year’s Christmas celebration take place in the office?

Advantages of having it at the office

  • You have a free venue! If you have a small office this may be difficult and spoil the fun, but if you have the space, why not use it? There won’t be any hire costs associated with using the space and your staff won’t need to travel around the city trying to find the celebration space.
  • It means celebrating in an environment in which everyone feels comfortable, rather than a bar, for example, which may make some employees feel discomfort due to religious or person beliefs.

Advantages of having it out of the office

  • The party is in a new, fresh and fun location, away from the stresses of the office
  • The party can take place out of office hours

     

 

If not the office, where?

If you decide not to host your Christmas party in the office, you now face the prospect of finding a suitable venue, one that everyone will love, that fits within your budget, that is located in a suitable area and offers the food/drinks/activities that you want. Good luck!

Why not start by considering:

  • At a restaurant: if you want to spoil your staff with a nice meal but want to keep things intimate
  • At a place for an activity: for the adventurous employees, the team that enjoys bonding and the company that wants to reward its staff
  • At someone’s house: for a smaller team with an offer from a generous employee
  • At a bar: for the team that knows how to party that also has a very brave H.R. department

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….

Most companies probably host their Christmas parties at around, well Christmas, but strangely this isn’t always the case. In 2018, David Jones reportedly postponed its Christmas party until January 2019, to ensure the employees stay focused during their busiest period and let loose once the Christmas rush is over.

For most people, the idea of having a Christmas celebration after Christmas is strange, disappointing and completely misses the point, so unless you have a compelling reason not to, celebrate in December. We recommend the last working week of the year, because:

  • There often isn’t as much work to do, meaning you won’t impact productivity as much as you otherwise would
  • It’s close to Christmas, meaning your employees will be feeling festive
  • You and your employees will be able to unwind, relax and celebrate the year when it feels right to do so

 

 

Now, who to invite?

The attendee list for your Christmas party will depend entirely on the type of party you’re hosting, whether it be a full day of family-friendly activities or an intimate evening enjoying canapes and champagne. There are advantages and disadvantages to keeping the event just for staff, so be sure to consider all of your options before making a decision. Most importantly, determine what your objective is, or, what’s are you trying to achieve by having a party? You might be:

  • Making an effort to reward your hard working employees with a fun and decadent celebration
  • Looking for an opportunity to bond with your team
  • Attempting to build relationships with your employees and their families

Once you’ve decided what your objective is, choose the best option, which might be:

  • Just staff - to keep it within the company and to strengthen team bonds
  • Staff and their spouses - to get to know your employees’ partners a little better, and make it easier for host the event outside of work hours so employees aren’t spending another night away from their loved ones
  • Staff and their families - to get to know your employee’s kids and partners better, and to take the pressure off babysitting costs for the day or night

Bad behaviour and getting on the naughty list

It’s inevitable at most office Christmas parties that at least one person will end up drunk, someone will say something inappropriate and in extremely unfortunate circumstances, somebody may do something that loses them their job. Office Christmas parties, particularly when they take place during work hours, are a strange hybrid of the personal and professional, and sometimes it can be tricky to know what to allow and how to handle difficult staff.

How to handle bad behaviour

  • Speak to the H.R. team prior to the event to identify negative behaviours that are likely to arise, and to determine what is and is not acceptable
  • Brief all staff  before the event on what is acceptable, and what is not, and circulate an email with these details in advance
  • Limit alcohol consumption where possible
  • Provide transport to and from the office, if appropriate
  • Have reasonable expectations. Of course some behaviour is inappropriate and should not be tolerated, but be prepared for some tipsy employees dancing like nobody's watching!

Dress-up themes

If you’re truly committed to having the best Christmas party of all time (and I hope that you are), you’ll seriously consider having a themed party, which should naturally include costumes. There’s certainly nothing wrong with a simple Christmas themed Christmas party, which allows employee  to go full Santa or simply don a red shirt. If you’re looking for something a little more exciting, consider another theme, such as:

  • Under the sea
  • Movies
  • 1990s, 80s, 70s or a decade of your choice
  • Pajama party
  • Animals, insects and mythical creatures
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Heroes and villains
  • Ugly sweaters
  • Beach, sand and sun 
  • Disney characters 
  • Memes 
  • Seinfeld, Friends, Cheers or another popular television program
  • Superhero, Marvel and DC characters 

Office awards

Giving out office awards can be a lighthearted, amusing and sweet way to say thank-you to your employees, have a laugh together and make some funny, albeit harmless, observations about your team. You could honour employees with awards such as:

  • Biggest coffee drinker
  • Most punctual
  • Biggest snacker
  • Most prepared
  • Loudest talker
  • Most likely to each someone else’s lunch
  • Most helpful
  • Least tech savvy
  • Most tech savvy
  • Most competitive
  • Neatest employee
  • Messiest employee


Christmas Party Playlist

If you’re hosting a Christmas party in your office you simple MUST have a fun, slightly annoying and extraordinarily festive playlist to accompany to event. Sure, you should just throw on any old Christmas Spotify playlist or play non-Christmas music (gasp!), but why not put together your own list, with the best, corniest and most Santa-friendly tracks. Here is a list of our favourites:

All I Want for Christmas is You, Mariah Carey
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, Miley Cyrus
Carol of the Bells, Destiny’s Child
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Brenda Lee
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, John Denver
White Christmas, Elvis Presley
Deck the Halls, Mannheim Steamroller
Feliz Navidad, Jose Feliciano
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Temptations
Happy Xmas (War Is Over), John Lennon and Yoko Ono
8 Days of Christmas, Destiny’s Child
Do You Hear What I Hear, Whitney Houston
Underneath the Tree, Kelly Osborne
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, *NSYNC
Do The Know it’s Christmas, Band Aid
Deck the Halls, Mark Vincent
What Christmas Means to Me (feat. Stevie Wonder), John Legend, Stevie Wonder
Silent Night, The Temptations
Christmas in Hollis, Run-D.M.C.
What Christmas Means to Me, Stevie Wonder
Joy to the World, Aretha Franklin
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, David Campbell
Oh Holy Night, Christina Aguilera
The Little Drummer Boy, Johnny Cash
Winter Wonderland, Darlene Love
Ave Maria, Beyonce
Little Saint Nick, The Beach Boys
Please Come Home For Christmas, Anthony Hamilton
Jingle Bells, Michael Buble
When a Child is Born, Johnny Mathis
White Christmas, Bing Crosby
Christmas Time, Backstreet Boys
Sleigh Ride, Harry Connick Jr.
Mary’s Boy Child / Oh My Lord, Boney M
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, The Jackson 5
Someday at Christmas, Stevie Wonder
Winter Wonderland, Tony Bennett
Last Christmas, Wham
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Frank Sinatra
The Christmas Song, Nat King Cole
Run Rudolph Run, Chuck Berry
Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Bruce Springsteen
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, Dean Martin
Jingle Bell Rock, Bobby Helms

Updating your office furniture

As the year comes to a close and you start to think of the future, consider update your office furniture to match your new, fresh vision for the company. Welcome your staff back with ergonomic chairs, standing desks and modern cafe pieces to make their working hours as safe, compliant and friendly as possible. Some of our top picks are below, but visit Jason L for the full range, or call us to find out more.

Hawk Fabric Office Chair Medium Back $157 5 years

Available in multiple colours including black, blue, grey and red 

Optional arms available

Designed with a two-lever back tilt and back adjustment

 

Hawk - Drafting Chair Medium Back $220 5 years

Available in multiple colours including black, blue, grey and red

Optional arms available

120 day risk free returns included

 

Hawk - Fabric Office Chair Medium Back Black Height Adjustable Arms $226 5 years

Available in multiple colours including black, blue, grey and red

Optional arms available

Two-level back tilt and back height-adjustment included

Swan White Nylon Office Chair - White Frame $330 5 year

Ergonomic design

Available with a black or white frame

Designed with adjustable mechanisms to alter height and posture

Swan Black Mesh Office Chair - White Frame $313 5 years

Available with a mesh, plastic or fabric back

Features adjustable mechanisms and fixed arms

Dove Mesh Chair $136 3 years

Designed with a two-level mechanism allowing for back and height adjustment

Developed with a comfortable mesh back

 

Ergonomic Ratchet Mesh Back Operator Chair Adjustable Arms Heron

$310 5 years

Available in multiple colours including black, blue, grey and red

Optional arms available

Seat and back tilt and three-lever ratchet back adjustment

Swift - Office Chair Medium Back $229 5 years

Best price guaranteed

Available in multiple colours including black, blue, grey and red

Optional arms available

Ergonomic waterfall-shaped design

Swift - Office Medium Back Black Height Adjustable Arms $229 5 years

Best price guaranteed

Available in multiple colours including black, blue, grey and red

Optional arms available

Tilt and adjustments included

Smile and Enjoy - Executive Mesh Office Chair Medium Back $693 5 years

Premium ergonomic design

Four dimensional padded arms, tension control and gas lift included

Gene - Brown Executive Leather Office Chair White Frame $1,515 5 years

Executive office chair

Leather headrest and steel base

Durable and professional

Eames Reproduction - Boardroom Office Chair High Back White $367 3 years

Best price guaranteed

Classic yet modern designed

Back tilt adjustment included

Hawk - Laboratory Drafting Chair Medium Back Black Adjustable Arms $356 5 years

Best price guaranteed

Back tilt adjustment and extra foot support included

Swift - Ergonomic Task Chair High Back $277 5 years

Best price guaranteed

Available in multiple colours including black, blue, grey and red

Optional arms available

High back and adjustable levels included in this ergonomic design

 

 

Litewall Panel - Panel Office Desk Office Furniture White Leg $252 10 years

Available in a range of desktop colours including white, maple and wenge

Available in three colours including 1200L x 800W, 1600L x 800W and 1800L x 800W 

Optional pedestal

Elements - Modern Office Desk Office Furniture White JC Leg 1000 $352 10 years

Available in multiple desktop colours including white, maple and wenge

Optional modesty panel

Available in multiple sizes included 1200L x 800W, 1600L x 800W and 1800L x 800W

Best price guaranteed

Litewall Panel - L-Shaped Corner Panel Office Desk White Leg $463 10 years

Best price guaranteed

Available in a range of colours including white, maple and weng 

Optional pedestal

Available in multiple sizes including 1600L x 1550W, 1600L x 1800W, 1800L x 1550W and 1800L x 1800W

Litewall - Student Home or Office Desk White Leg $237 10 years

Clean, simple design at an affordable price

Available in a range of desktop colours including white, maple and wenge

Best price guarantee

L-Shaped Corner Office Desk White JC Leg Elements 1000 $490 10 years

Chic and sophisticated design

Best price guarantee

Available in a range of colours including white, maple and wenge

Optional modesty

Sit-Stand Range - Electric Corner Standing Desk Black Frame Left or Right Side Return $1,320 10 years

Spacious and modern design with sit/stand option

Best price guarantee

Available in multiple desktop colours including white, maple and wenge

Optional modesty

Available in multipl colours including 1600L x 1550W, 1600L x 1800W, 1800L x 1550W and 1800L x 1800W

Executive Office Desk Blackjack $520 10 years

Clean, stylish design

Available in multiple sizes including 1600L x 800W, 1800L x 800W

Optional desktop colours including white, maple and wenge

Two modesty panels available 

Elements - Office Desk with Mobile Storage Unit White Leg 1000 Office Furniture $786 10 years

Available in multiple desktop colours including white, maple and wenge

Optional modesty panel available

Available in multiple sizes including 1600L x 800W, 1800L x 800W and 1200L x 800W

Optional mobile caddy

San Fran - Executive Office Desk Chrome Leg $725 10 years

Available in multiple sizes including 1600L x 800W, 1800L x 800W and 1200L x 800W

Available in multiple desktop colours including white, maple and wenge

Three modesty panels available 

Laminate desktop finish

San Fran - L-Shaped Corner Office Desk with Black Leg Office Furniture Online $925 10 years

Best price guaranteed

Available in multiple sizes including 1600L x 1550W, 1600L x 1800W, 1800L x 1550W and 1800L x 1800W

Available in multiple desktop colours including white, maple and wenge

Spacious corner design

San Fran - L-Shaped Corner Office Desk with Chrome Leg $1,020 10 years

Strong, chrome legs

Best price guaranteed

Available in multiple desktop colours including white, maple and wenge

Two modesty options

Available in multiple sizes including 1600L x 1550W, 1600L x 1800W, 1800L x 1550W and 1800L x 1800W

 

 

 

 

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Petite Single Seater Lounger $578 3 years

Modern, comfortable design

Ideal for a reception area or office space

Designed with a steel frame 

Drej Double Lounge - Black Leg $601 5 years

Available in three colours including dark grey, light grey and black PU

Modern and stylish design

Lux Double Seater $751 3 years

Classic design for the luxurious office 

Natural wood arms

Drej Single Lounge - Black Leg $480 5 years

Bold, professional design

Available in three colours including dark grey, light grey and black PU

Drej Single Lounge - Chrome Leg $480 5 years

Available in three colours including dark grey, light grey and black PU

Strong chrome legs included

Stylish design

Lux Brown Single Seater Lounge $578 3 years

Ideal for the executive or CEO

Light wood arms

Hush Triple Seater Lounge $2,022 3 years

Unique design, perfect for an informal catch-up or quiet call

Steel tubing frame 

Comfortable seats three

Wave Plastic Chair - Dart Base White $114 5 years

Available in white and black plastic

Delivered flat packed for ease

Ideal for meeting spaces and conference rooms

Wave Fabric Chair - Swivel Base Black $264 5 years

Available in three upholstered colours including blue, grey and burgudy

Ultra comfortable and modern design

Wave Fabric Chair - Sled Base Chrome $191 5 years

Comfortable and soft design

Available in two colours including blue and grey

Available in plastic or upholstered varieties

Teddy Plastic Tub Chair - 4 Legged Black $139 5 years

Affordable option

Available in multiple colours including black, light blue and white

Synthetic design

Teddy Fabric Tub Chair - 4 Legged Natural Wood $311 5 years

Available in two colours including black and light blue

Made with a dynamic design for comfort

One Seater Reception Lounge Champ $609 5 years

Inviting, comfortable and luxurious design

Made with upholstered genuine black leather and a stainless steel base

Modern Office Single Seater Sofa Wood Frame Fabric Seat Venerdi $809 3 years

Stunning dark grey leather padding

Ideal for reception spaces or offices

Natural oak wood legs

Premium Reception Chair Ashtree Wood Frame Fabric Seat Meltin $499 3 years

Clean, simple design with dark grey seat cover and natural oak wood leg material

Made with imported fabric 

Visitor / Reception Chair Ashtree Wood Frame Fabric Seat Vernice $313 3 years

Made with imported, Gabriel fabric

Supportive and comfortable design

Cafe Restaurant Furniture - Red $70 5 years

Best price guarantee

Bold colour and comfortable design

Stackable Visitor Chair Plastic Mellow $50 1 year

Easily stackable

Affordable option for meetings and breakout spaces

Cafe Restaurant Chair - Grey $64 5 years

Polished chrome legs

Available in multiple colours including cream, red and mocha

Switch Collaborative Large Counter Table - Black Frame $1,129 10 years

A wonderful addition to a kitchen, breakout or meeting space

Strong, high quality design

Ideal for stools 

Switch Collaborative Large Counter Table - White Frame $1,129 10 years

Available in multiple colours including white, maple and wenge

Ideal for impromptu meetings or offices with limited space

Counter Height Office Cafeteria / Bar Table Black Leg $440 5 years

Available in multiple colours including white, maple and wenge

Affordable kitchen or meeting table 

Sapphire - Tall Round Bar Counter Table Black Leg

$309

5 years

Available in a range of table top colours including white, maple and wenge

A cafe-style table for brief chats or lunch dates

Ideal for stools

Sapphire Counter Table Black Leg $751 5 years

Available in multiple colours including white, maple and wenge

Stylish, simple and modern design

Powder coated steel leg finish

Talent - Wooden Cafe Table Black Leg $161 3 years

Available in a range of table top colours including white and black

Stylish cafe design

Sapphire - Cafe Table Black Cast Iron Base $299 5 years

Available in a range of table top colours including white, maple and wenge

Ribbed and spun stainless steel edge

Square Cafe Table Four Star Barbet Base $146 3 years

 

Uniquely design table

Available in a range of table top colours including white, maple, inox and wenge

Round Office Table - Barbet Four Star Base $164 3 years

Available in a range of table top colours including white, maple, inox and wenge

Affordable table

Ideal for a small office

Replica Knoll Nakishima Straight Chair- Natural Wood $289 3 years

Classic wooden design

Comfortable yet simple

Replica Knoll Nakishima Staight Chair - Black Wood $289 3 years

Modern yet classic appearance

Appropriate for a home or corporate office

Boardroom Table Premium Square Table Indented Chrome Legs Blackjack $945 10 years

Available in a range of desktop colours including white, black, maple and wenge

Available in multiple sizes including 3600L x 1200W, 2400L x 1200W and 1200L x 1200W

Boardroom Table Premium Square Table Indented Chrome Legs Blackjack $945 10 years

Available in a range of desktop colours including white, black, maple and wenge

Available in multiple sizes including 3600L x 1200W, 2400L x 1200W and 1200L x 1200W

Switch Counter High - Wood Frame $639 NA

Available in a range of colours including white,  maple and wenge

Available in multiple sizes including 1800L x 800W, 1600L x 800W and 1200L x 800W

Litewall - Modern Boardroom Table - White Legs $377 5 years

Available in a range of colours including white, black  maple and wenge

Strong, bold design

Resetto - Square Meeting / Boardroom Table White Legs $480 3 years

Available in a range of colours including white, black  maple and wenge

Simple and affordable office table

Switch Boardroom Table - Wood Imprint Frame $909 10 years

Available in a range of colours including white, black  maple and wenge

Affordable yet high quality boardroom table, ideal for an executive team

Switch Meeting Table - Wood Frame $684 10 years

Unique table for a small team

Available in a range of colours including white, black  maple and wenge

Switch Small Round Meeting Room Table - Wood Imprint Frame $450 10 years

Available in a range of colours including white, maple and wenge

Perfect for brief catch-ups

Switch Large Round Meeting Room Table - Wood Imprint Frame $722 10 years

Available in a range of colours including white, maple and wenge

Affordable meeting room solution

Available in two sizes: 1350mm D and 1500mm D

Resetto - Round Table Black Legs $426 3 years

Available in a range of colours including white, maple and wenge

Basic office table with supportive base

Available in two sizes: 1000mm D and 1200mm D

Resetto - Round Table Wooden Legs $511 3 years

Available in a range of colours including white, maple and wenge

Available in two sizes: 1000mm D and 1200mm D

Beautiful wooden design for any setting

Switch Collaborative Large Counter Table - White Frame $1,129 10 years

Best price guarantee

Available in a range of colours including white, maple and wenge

Available in multiple sizes including 2400L x 800W, 3200L x 800W and 3600L x 800W

Switch Round Meeting Room Table - White Frame $533 10 years

Best price guarantee

Available in a range of colours including white, maple and wenge

Simple, affordable meeting room table

Kody Rectangle Coffee Table $252 5 years

Interesting and modern design

Perfect for a corporate or home office 

 

From all of us here at Jason L, we wish you a very happy Christmas and a wonderful new year, filled with friends, family, good food, presents and affordable and fabulous office furniture! 

 We will be closed from 21 December, 2018, opening again on 2 January, 2019. 

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Eventbrite
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2. Company Christmas Party Ideas: Ideas for Making Your Company Christmas Party a Fun, Successful Event
The Balance Small Business
https://www.thebalancesmb.com/company-christmas-party-ideas-2948292

3. Organising the Christmas Party for your SME
Adzuna 
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4. Here's How Google, Facebook, and LEGO Celebrate Christmas in 2016
Medium
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Business Insider
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10. 15 Unique and Fun College Party Themes
Seventeen
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