A Downscaled Party Can Still Boost Worker Morale
Associated Press | AP Online
NEW YORK – It doesn’t have to be a downer when the weak economy forces small businesses to scale back their holiday parties from the big catered or restaurant affairs they held in the past. These events can still be opportunities to build teamwork and boost morale.
An owner hoping for a great party should include employees in the planning. The camaraderie that results can make the planning as worthwhile as the event itself, and create goodwill.
“The very coming together over a non-work task is in itself delightful, delicious and engaging,” said Beverly Kaye, an employee retention consultant in Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Owners who have had to downsize agree – it doesn’t have to be a depressing process.
“We’re going to scale back and still have fun together,” said Carin Warner, whose public relations firm, Warner Communication, is based in Boston. Her company used to have weekend getaways. This year, it’ll be a potluck party on the beach.