2016 saw dpc launch over 30 new websites and e-commerce stores, 12 digital marketing campaigns and welcome 5 lovely new team members. All while remaining committed to our weekly Friday afternoon pub lunches amassing to a healthy 104+ bottles of sauvignon blanc… and that is just one of our UX designer's, Emma’s, tab!
dpc truly believes that a rewarded workforce makes for a happy client base and a healthier bottom line.
That got us thinking, what benefits are there to a company Christmas party?
More specifically, what makes it worth the hangover in the morning?
There is sometimes a negative perception of company Christmas parties, fuelled by pinched pockets, relaxed inhibitions, office gossip and inappropriate photocopying (no names mentioned)!
However, it is important not to underestimate the benefits that can be delivered through the excessive wine guzzling and competition for the most deliberately garish festive jumper.
A company Christmas party can be a great way to re-energise the workforce, celebrate success and reflect on the year’s achievements before the start of a productive new year. It seems shocking, then, that 32.3% of employees do not have an office Christmas party, according to a recent survey.
1. It unites employees, bringing them closer together
It is all too easy to forget that your fellow employees spend their time doing a lot more than just their job, and if you don’t spend time with each other outside of work, there is probably a lot you don’t (and shouldn’t) know about each other, although this is easily solved with a few jaeger bombs.
Christmas parties can bring the workforce together, strengthening team dynamic in a friendly and relaxed environment, promoting good conversation and a night of stress-free fun!
These experiences aren’t to be underestimated; shaky video footage of a slightly tipsy colleague attempting to chat up the bartender makes a great fuel source for further embarrassment and insult down the line.
2. It provides an opportunity for reflection
A company Christmas party is a great opportunity for reflection. Talk about the year’s success, and how you can do things better in 2017. It is also a great opportunity to reiterate company values and mission, although we don’t recommend telling your clients how great you are via those drunken text messages. Airplane Mode it is then.
3. Motivate employees for the year ahead
A Christmas party can be a great tool for motivating your employees. It is a perfect reminder that although problems often arise in business, once dealt with appropriately, you can come together as a team and for the night at least, forget and move on. Thanks vodka.
4. Christmas parties don’t have to be absurdly expensive
A Christmas party doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. For the average UK employee, a Christmas party budget of £75 a head works out at less than 0.025% of their salary. It is worth knowing however, 28% of employees thought their employer could do more for the company at Christmas, so try not to be too tight..!
Believe it or not there are also tax benefits to hosting an Office Christmas Party! Even HMRC wants you to let your hair down and have a good time!
5. It is an opportunity to create stories
Depending on how big you go (how much you all drink), a Christmas party is perfect for creating those embarrassing stories (or god forbid, photos) that come back to haunt your colleagues again and again for years to come.
This year we are booked for a Christmas Bonanza at Battersea Evolution, which is playing host to a Carnival Fiesta! My trigger finger will be poised ready to capture the moment our MD, Kate, re-initiates the chocolate pudding fight, and of course the old boss's inevitable dad-dancing on the table. It’s probably best we don’t get started on Matt, our new biz guru.. ;-)
As Christmas speedily approaches, we are proud of our achievements of 2016, and look forward the exciting year ahead, and the opportunities it may bring to advise, assist, and evolve businesses who require a digital facelift in 2017.
As for our party, all is set for a outrageous night.
From all of us at dpc, have a very, Merry Christmas.
P.S. - We’re curious, what have you got planned for Christmas?