Remote work has seen a rapid rise in recent years, but that doesn’t mean in-person networking events are obsolete! There’s nothing that compares to getting together with co-workers in person. It’s a great way to strengthen your team, build healthy work relationships, and create a positive work environment even if most of your co-workers work remotely.
Hosting an office party in your home isn’t just a great way to climb the career ladder. It offers an opportunity to recognize company milestones or specific employees while having a fun, relaxing time. It’s also a fantastic way to get people out of the office to feel more relaxed.
Of course, when it comes to hosting an event in your home, there are certain anxieties that might come into play!
Let’s take a closer look at why hosting an office party in your home is beneficial, and what you can do to prepare yourself and your house for a memorable event that your employees will love.
Why Host A Party At Home
It can be a little intimidating to bring your employees into your home. Why not choose the office itself, or rent out a space for everyone? While those are both possibilities, a few things happen when you bring people into your personal space.
First, it creates a level playing field. Your employees and co-workers are less likely to think about work or who might be “above” them when they’re in a neutral environment. With that being said, if you have a home office, it’s a good idea to keep it “off-limits” at the party. At a minimum, make sure your desk is clean and free of any important work documents that people shouldn’t see.
While the party can absolutely be used for networking and career-building, people still want to have a good time and be comfortable. They shouldn’t be worried about work.
Speaking of networking, the comfort level people feel in your home can make it easier to build connections. You can even work on climbing the corporate ladder by talking to people in person. Keep these helpful tips in mind to network effectively at your gathering.
- Have specific topics or experiences to share
- Make eye contact
- Observe other people’s body language and expressions
- Look for opportunities to help others
Whether you want to meet more people or introduce others, creating a comfortable and fun environment at home is one of the best ways to get people talking.
The Best Ways To Invite Guests
No one wants an office party to feel like an obligation, especially when it’s in someone’s home. So, inviting your employees and co-workers the right way is essential.
Be cautious and careful with your invitations. Even though it’s a party, there needs to be some sense of professionalism to everything, since you still have to work with everyone. Take a few cues from your office culture. If you have a more relaxed environment, be casual with your invitations. Invite people you like, but don’t be exclusive and ignore key players who should be there.
Finally, make sure your guests know what to expect. You might want to limit things like alcohol or certain games. While they don’t need to be off-limits, the last thing you want is for someone to say or do something they normally wouldn’t in a workplace environment.
Hosting Tips For A Memorable Event
With your guest list prepared and people on their way, your next step is to prepare your home. A tidy, organized space is best for a small crowd of people, but if you don’t want your fellow workers walking through your house, consider hosting your event in your backyard. It will give people more space, and being outdoors can reduce stress levels for everyone.
If you do decide to host your party outside, it’s easy to get things in shape. Try these tips to boost the appearance of your home exterior (and increase curb appeal all at once!).
- Make sure your yard is well-maintained
- Spruce up your porch
- Add fencing
- Repaint or power-wash the exterior
- Add plenty of outdoor lighting
Once you have your space and decor lined up, make sure you provide food and/or drinks for your guests. You don’t need to break the bank with food choices or put together a sit-down dinner. Most people will feel more comfortable with simple and creative party foods, like a hot dog bar, or a variety of appetizers they can munch on all night.
As a leader, hosting an office party in your home is a wonderful way to connect with your employees and accelerate your career even further. Keep these ideas in mind to throw a memorable party your team will love. It could end up being something everyone looks forward to year after year. Most importantly, it will build and boost a positive environment for everyone, in and out of the workplace.