Make sure your Year End Function is memorable for all the right reasons!

With 2016 rapidly on its way to becoming a distant memory, most companies are preparing to wind down, celebrating with a year-end function where staff members from all departments and levels of seniority can let loose and look back on a year of work well done.

Unfortunately, the year-end function has developed quite a reputation for being an occasion where things can get out of hand. Emotions run high and the potential for mishaps are great, especially when alcohol is added to the mix. Most year-end functions also lack structure, leaving employees to entertain themselves.

If you are thinking that the above never happens at your year-end function, it doesn’t automatically mean it was a success. Ask yourself: do your staff members walk away from this important annual event revitalised and ready for what’s next – or do they slouch off yawning, glad that it’s over?

If your year-end party is approaching and you want it to be memorable for all the right reasons (and not just a compulsory work event that your employees don’t get anything out of), here are a few pointers to keep in mind!

  • Set a time limit – allowing staff members to plan themselves accordingly (arrange babysitters for kids, lifts) means they will be more likely to be present and pay attention as they know when the event will end.
  • Provide drinks options – ensure that there is enough of a selection of non-alcoholic drink options available and avoid an open bar situation where alcohol can be easily consumed, unchecked. If you do opt for an open bar, make sure it closes well before the main event of the evening is to take place.
  • Integrate entertainment – While speeches, awards and more are part and parcel of any year end event, you can take steps to make them more entertaining. With tight budgets this can be a struggle, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible, and hiring a comedian or MC for the event is a cost effective and popular option.

Your year-end function doesn’t have to be something everyone dreads. In fact, it can be something fruitful and all you need to do is take my advice!