Ways to Make Sure YOUR Corporate Event is a HOLIDAY
It may only be October, but
it’s NEVER too early to start planning how your company will reward its
employees at the holidays. And a great
event doesn’t have to break the bank to boost morale! Comedysportzchicago.com sat down with Jo-El Lacy,
CMP our Director of Group Sales and Special Events to
find out how our savviest clients pull off hot events when the weather turns
Jo-El’s Top Ten Tips for
Great Office Parties at the Holidays:
early to get a discount. For many hospitality organizations, the
holidays are a critical for guaranteeing revenue. Book far enough in advance and the right
organization might give you a discount to lock in your business. (Oh, did we mention that if you book
ComedySportz for your holiday party by October 31, we’re offering $100 off!)
an all-inclusive vendor. Why book the entertainment separately when
you can get the entertainment, the venue, and the bar all in one? Remember, the more vendors you hire, the
more you have to manage. If your
business is like most of our clients’, the holidays are not the time you want more work.
they are well-established in HR-friendly
As you know, your company’s HR policies for appropriate workplace behavior
usually extend to all work
functions. Lots of independent
performers will tell you they know what’s appropriate for a business
function, but don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations. You could even ask to come see them
perform their normal routine. A
good litmus test for how they’ll treat your guests is how they treat their
with a vendor that gives you options. Not every group outing is the same. Does your vendor have a venue that will
fit your needs? Can they bring the
show to you? Do they have drink and
food options? Can you mix-n-match
their options to fit your needs?
(For instance, can you use their venue, but bring in your own
favorite caterer?) Some vendors
lock you in with the exclusive relationships they already have in place. (This is fine if you like that offer. But if you don’t like it, you may not
have much of a choice!) Ask first!
your alcohol package to your company’s culture.
Liquor expenses can easily sink
your budget. If your company is
“young-n-fun,” you probably want a bar package that charges a rate per
guest. If your company is more conservative,
you might get a better deal purchasing on consumption. Make the right match and your VP of Finance
will also be laughing at the end of the night!
a place that’s easy to get to. If you are planning an off-site event,
make sure everyone can get there easily. This is especially important if the
event is taking place during or immediately following the work day. The venue should be convenient to public
transportation, especially if drinking is a big part of the evening! If people are driving home, though, make
the vendor can provide or direct you and your guests to safe parking. (The right venue may even offer parking
discounts if you ask!)
sure the event feels like a reward. Many companies are putting holiday
events on a weekday afternoon like Thursday or Friday. This means that employees don’t have to
lose precious family time to enjoy a well-earned break with their colleagues. This is also a great option for
companies that do not invite spouses to business functions. Make
sure your entertainment provider can perform on-site or off-site during
workday hours based on your needs.
your company’s special events policy. Does it have to be a “non-party” party? Does your company
require that discretionary events be “work related?” Trying to shoehorn a party into being a
“productive work outing” can easily backfire. How do you make your holiday event fun
and valuable at the same time? How
about an improv workshop!? (Okay, this one may be a little
ComedySportz specific, but it’s worth knowing!) The ComedySportz Theatre has a host of
trainings designed to build business soft skills while also creating
camaraderie and fun. (If you
want, we’ll even open our bar halfway through. You’ll never look at training the same
do the entertainment yourself. Often, people in your office are going to
want to save money by “doing some skits” or a “talent show.” That always seems like a great idea
until the next morning when you find out who was offended – either by the
fact that they were made fun of, or because you didn’t let them do their
hilarious ventriloquism and harmonica act.
Remember, this isn’t just a party. It’s the morale-building event that will
set the tone for the upcoming year.
No pressure, but let professionals be the “office clowns” for your big
with a company known for professional
Anyone can say they do
corporate events. Ask if they have
a Certified Meeting Professional on
staff. If they do, ask to speak
with them – the presence of a CMP means they have a professional who can
handle all aspects of your event.
If you want a “one stop shop” to trust with your entire event, it
might be worth knowing they have someone on staff with independently
recognized ability in the field.
Remember, it’s not just a
holiday party, it’s your reputation! For
more information about how to have a fun event that everyone in the office will
love, give us a call at 773-549-8080. Or send us an e-mail.
To find our more about
private and public events at The ComedySportz Theatre, e-mail Jo-El Lacy, CMP at
. Or, click through to our online RFP page!
If you want us to bring
entertainment or training to yours or a third party’s location, e-mail Greg Werstler
. Or, click through to this online RFP page!