Corporate parties can be simple, casual occasions with drinks, finger foods, and mingling with coworkers. The problem is that regular parties don’t necessarily encourage inclusion and bonding among all employees, because people tend to split up in smaller groups and hang out with colleagues that they’re already close with.
So, it’s much more effective to get creative and organize activities that will get your whole organization engaged. Engaging office parties can help create stronger ties among colleagues, improve job satisfaction, and even increase employee retention.
You want your corporate parties to have a unique touch, be memorable and inclusive, in order to build chemistry among coworkers and boost their team spirit. There are a variety of entertaining options you can treat your employees to. At the office, outdoors, at interesting venues, and of course, virtually. Here’s a few ideas.
Searching for hidden items takes us all back to childhood, but scavenger hunts don’t have to be only for kids on the Easter holiday. The beauty of scavenger hunts is their simplicity and the fact that they don’t require any special skills, so they’re great for promoting inclusion because literally anyone can play. You can organize one at the office, or you can pair a scavenger hunt with an outdoor BBQ event and offer special prizes to the team that wins.
In recent years, escape rooms have become a go-to venue for team building events as well as corporate and private parties, seeing as how most venues also have an accompanying bar or conference room and offer catering and drinks. Escape rooms offer an immersive experience that requires creative and critical thinking under pressure, while promoting teamwork and delegation of tasks. Many companies also offer portable escape games that can be played at your office, as well as virtual games that can be played online.
We all like to let our voice rip every once in a while, at least in the shower. Karaoke parties are a great opportunity for everyone to be heard and showcase their talent, but singing in front of others can also be downright hilarious. Karaoke is an excellent way for people to loosen up and let their guards down, and it’s also an effective way to relieve stress. Getting up on stage in front of a room full of colleagues takes courage, so it also helps people to build their confidence, which can have a positive effect on work and office dynamics.
Office Talent Show
If you want to take it a step further than singing, why not have a full-blown talent show? Your colleagues may have some very special talents hidden up their sleeves, and there’s only one way to find out! It can be anything from dancing, juggling or magic tricks, to comedy, poetry or just plain storytelling. It’s an awesome way for people to showcase a different side of themselves that they don’t usually display at work. Just keep in mind that not everyone will be comfortable with performing on stage, so be sure to find out who’s interested in participating beforehand.
Potluck or Cooking Class
Cooking shows and competitions are a huge thing on TV nowadays. So why not bring a bit of that energy into the office? You can organize a simple potluck where everyone can bring in their favorite dish, and share recipes and tips & tricks for preparing a particular delicacy or a wholesome meal. You can also bring in an expert to show everyone how it’s done. It’s a great way to learn new things, have some fun, and connect with coworkers over some delicious food.
Retro Game Night
Strolling down memory lane is something we all like to do from time to time, so what better way to bond with coworkers than a bit of reminiscing over games we all used to love in our childhood. It can be anything from Monopoly or Clue to Risk, Uno or Chutes and Ladders. If you’re more of a fan of newer games, have a go at Exploding Kittens or Cards Against Humanity. You’re guaranteed to laugh your socks off. These are just a few examples, because there is a huge range of fun party games available on the market to choose from.
Come on now, who doesn’t like a good cocktail? Let alone one you’ve mixed up with your own two hands! You have two options here. Have a fully interactive masterclass where everyone will make their own cocktails, or simply bring in a professional cocktail master to demonstrate their talents and serve you all night. The beauty of mixology classes is that they can also be held virtually, so everyone can learn how to make killer cocktails in the comfort of their own home.
You don’t have to wait for Halloween to spice things up with some creative costumes and roleplaying. You can organize a themed party any day of the year, from a Wild Wild West or pirate party to a superhero bonanza or 60’s love fest. Costume parties are always an awesome way to get people in the right mood to let their hair down, unleash their quirky sides and have some fun.
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