Corporate events are enormous morale boosters for companies. Whether for a specific holiday or as a fun team-building exercise, they can be held to show off a new office building, honor a client, or as an appreciative gesture towards hard-working employees, reminding them that even if they work in a small department, they’re still part of something bigger.
Planning a corporate party can be fairly complicated; there are so many factors to consider.
The first thing that must be done is to clearly define why the event is taking place. Whether for training, motivation, team building, networking, or just to give your employees something to look forward to, it is important to have a goal for the event.
Lay out a budget. Even if it isn’t exact, it will give you an idea of what the event will cost you. The cost of the venue is a large factor here. Some companies choose to use their own facilities, but outside venues can be a nice change of scenery for staff. By working closely with your caterer, you can come up with a price range that is comfortable and will fit the event.
For example, if you’re throwing a companywide family event with 2,000 guests, you will want to keep the cost-per-person as low as possible. In that case, a cookout would be a fun, cost-effective solution. If you’re hosting a small dinner for a few big-wig executives, cost-per-plate will most likely not be as much of an issue. Regardless of the cost-per-plate, your catering will work with you to dazzle guests, whether it’s a room of two thousand employees or a select choice of clients, a good caterer will work with you to make it a memorable food experience for guest.
If a company morale boost is what you’re looking for, consider several smaller events throughout the year. This gives employees more to look forward to, instead of one big bash at the end of the year. Your employees are generally the ones that will be attending these events, so it is a good idea to keep them involved in the planning process.
Whatever your corporate event is for, by setting specific goals and working closely with those involved, such as the venue management and catering team, you can plan a great corporate party that works with your budget and satisfies your needs.