As we settle into the new year and reflect on all that 2022 offered, we can also acknowledge the chaos that came with the end of the season. It's okay to admit it, we know it was a lot! Now that we have entered a new year full of optimistic resolutions, clear minds, and enthusiasm, why not celebrate that feeling in Q1? You may even find that January is the new December for holiday celebrations!
We all know the deadlines and evergoing to-do lists of Q4 can be consuming and daunting. Instead of adding to the overwhelming December calendar, ease your team of some big stressors and provide more flexibility by pushing back your company holiday party. By doing so, there will be no added pressure to find the perfect White Elephant gag gift or research your Secret Santa's interests. There will always be plenty of time to gift your coworkers and show your appreciation in the new year. With the anticipation and optimism that the new year can bring, celebrate the wins and take more time to plan a thoughtful and creative celebration to reflect and ring in 2023.
With the hustle and bustle of gift shopping, baking goodies, and the in-laws coming to town, pushing holiday parties to the new year may be more convenient for your team. The end of the year is always jammed with personal commitments, from friendly get-togethers and beating the long check-out lines. Finding a date that can fit on everyone's calendar is a hard ask. Hosting a company party in the new year will better ensure a bigger turnout, which makes for more fun and boosts morale. With a higher turnout, your team will be more engaged and look forward to the festivities that are planned. This will also show that your company values the work-life balance and personal commitments outside of work.
The dreaded post-holiday slump, we all have felt it at some point. The temperature outside drops and the stress of tasks left over from before the holidays hits, leaving many to feel anxious about logging back on. Hosting an event in the new year will help with that post-holiday slump! This will give your team something to look forward to after the holidays and kick off the new year strong. Kick off the year strong by celebrating the start of 2023 and all that has been accomplished in the past year.
With a team full of various backgrounds, holiday parties can seem not very inclusive at times, since they tend to cater more towards those who celebrate Christmas. With diversity and inclusion becoming a frontrunner resolution for many companies, bumping your event can make room for the opportunity to celebrate a collective holiday season spirit and embrace all of the holidays that your team has recently celebrated.