According to a recent article printed by Business News Daily, one way to keep employees happy and motivated is to RECOGNIZE AND REWARD YOUR EMPLOYEES. Close to 10,000 corporate companies choose to have their headquarters in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Many more thousands local companies have also chosen to grow their company in this area. One way that these companies are choosing to reward their employee’s is by hosting an Employee Appreciation Event.
Employee appreciation events should not be underestimated. It is a great way to make your employee’s feel appreciated and to thank them for their work. It is usually a great opportunity for your employee’s to mingle outside of work as well.
If you do it right, you can announce the accomplishment of your company in a fun and creative environment. If you are in the process of planning your next customer appreciation event, here are some tips to help you plan your event.
- Pick a casino theme: Yes, your employee’s will appreciate a dinner, but this also limits interaction and it is often overused. Why not have hors d’oeuvres and appetizers and have casino equipment? This way, your employee’s can move around and socialize. With the casino equipment you can have a Las Vegas theme, Roaring 20’s, or Casino Royale.
- Awards and Prizes: Think of what the majority of your employee’s would enjoy getting as a prize. Some people like trophies that they can display in their office while others enjoy more useful gifs, like gift cards to a restaurant. Either way, your employee’s will be happy to receive anything that shows they are appreciated.
- Plan ahead: Depending on the number of employee’s, think ahead of everything you need to book. Corporate events are very popular around the holidays, which is when there will be more competition for venues, caterers, entertainment, etc. Therefore, prices might be higher and you might run out of options.
- Know who is coming: Having an accurate count of the guests you are expecting will help you out in the long run. Ask your employee’s to RSVP, and if they are allowed to bring guests, include them as well. It’s okay to spend money on a nice event, but you don’t want to waste money by hosting an event that people don’t show up to.
- Have a script: Many people can “wing it” when it comes to speaking in front of people. However, you don’t want to have an embarrassing moment where you forget what you say or stumble on your words. If you are presenting awards, write what you will say ahead of time.
- Leave the boring business talk at work: Your guests are there to have fun. Keep it light by going over important topics and keeping presentations as short as possible.
- Get Feedback: After the event, send out an email asking about their opinions on what went well, what areas you could improve in and ask for ideas for the next year. People are also more likely to be honest when speaking their ideas through email.
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