With the holiday season in full swing and Christmas nearly here, it is time for all the office parties to kick off as well. Office parties are always a toss-up in terms of if they end up being fun or awkward. The biggest factor in an office and workplace party’s level of awkwardness is seating. It might seem slightly silly to say at first, but when you start to think about that, it makes a huge difference.
For example, when people are just standing around or still tied to their desks, they have less of a reason to interact with other guests or feel like it is a welcoming, festive environment. I think about the scene at the Christmas party in The Santa Clause 2 when the teachers are standing quite aloof at the party. Maybe if they would have had some better seating, they wouldn’t have had this issue!
So, there are two solutions to this problem.
The first solution is to host the party in a different location to really make it feel incentivized for your employees. A change of environment can make a massive difference to the vibe of any party, especially an office party. However, even at a local brewery or party room at a local business, you might need some more chairs. So, the second solution also works for this too.
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The second solution is super simple and budget-friendly. If you cannot afford to rent out a whole space for your employees, then get more chairs!
I recommend folding chairs so that you can easily store them when not in use. It can be annoying to only have stackable chairs in small work spaces and so forth.
A classic choice is these Econolite folding chairs that are sturdy, easy to clean, and easy to store.
Another fan favorite is the Alloyfold Fanback Chair. It is a classy option that can be used for anything, and it also is a small, portable chair perfect for office parties.
Furthermore, outside of seating solutions, decorating for the holiday party is a great way to get people more involved. You should also give a theme so that people have something to get excited about for the party.
Holiday parties do not have to be awkward, so do your part as the employer to make it better for all your workers!