Tuesday 24th November 2015
Coming up with and organising a work event is a lot more involved than picking somewhere to go and then asking Sussex corporate entertainers to come along and keep everyone happy. If you’ve been given this task, you need to take it seriously – or you could see yourself failing pretty miserably and never given this responsibility again.
Budget and budget wisely. Ask your manager how much they’re happy to spend, what they want the focus to be, if there’s going to be a free bar at the event and so on. Creating a preliminary budget should always be your first step when planning a corporate event.
Make a to-do list. Without this, you’re sure to forget something really important – unsurprising since you’re going to be so busy over the next couple of weeks. Work out exactly what needs to be organised and by when, and you can’t go wrong.
Talk to your colleagues and get their ideas and opinions. Some may well have excellent contacts with suppliers that could mean you get a great cut-down price. Saving money wherever possible while putting on the event to end all events will definitely score you brownie points with the boss.
Market the event at work to get people excited about it. Even if it’s just a Christmas party, you can drum up enthusiasm by putting flyers up around the office, putting together promotional gift bags or doing promo work on Twitter. What about coming up with a Facebook page or devising a Twitter hashtag to get people talking and really excited about what’s on the horizon.