Sure, hosting a party for your employees can cost money and time (and we all know time is money) but take a few moments to consider the ways an office party can benefit your business in the long run.
- Gives your employees a chance to “bond” socially, away from the usual workplace setting.
- Improves workplace morale by showing staff you appreciate their efforts to help your business succeed.
- A happy staff is usually going to be a more productive staff. And more loyal — and we all know how expensive it can be to fill vacancies and train new staff.
Not to mention, you might be list most or all of the expenses on your taxes. (Check with your accountant or lawyer; I am not either).
How Much Does it Cost? What’s Included?
All the rates are listed on my pricing page. That same page also has a detailed list of what’s included with the standard DJ booking, as well as some optional upgrades.
Office Party Myths Debunked
Not sure if an office party is a good idea? Here are some thoughts to consider.
Q: Will people be too busy to attend?
It’s a possibility, no doubt. The holidays are a busy time of the year, so it’s virtually impossible to select a date that will garner 100% attendance. Some companies now hold their holiday parties after the holidays. Here are just two great benefits of a “post-holiday party.”
Party venues aren’t as busy after New Year’s. You’ll have more options for dates and locations, rather than being forced to “settle” for the only venue in town that still has a banquet room available on one of the precious few Saturday nights between Thanksgiving and Christmas . And you’re likely to get a higher turnout because your employees won’t have as many conflicts (like going to their significant other’s company party) preventing them from attending.
Q: Is the company legally responsible if employees drive drunk after the party?
Ultimately, that’s an issue to discuss with your lawyer. I am not a lawyer, so I can’t offer legal advice as to whether responsibility lies with you, the venue, or the bartenders. But here are some “idea starters” you can use if you’re concerned about guests overindulging:
- Host the party at a hotel. Every holiday party I’ve DJ’ed to date has been held at a hotel, so staff have have the option to stay right there, instead of driving home. Many hotels offer discounted lodging rates if you host a party there and request a block of rooms be set aside for your party guests.
- Limit open bar access. At a certain point, change to a cash bar, or close the bar entirely. To ensure people stick around after the open bar ends, offer attractive door prizes — things that are worth it for people to follow the rule, “must be present to win, drawings to be held just before the party ends.”
- Cash bar with tickets. Each guest gets a set number of “free drink” tickets to use at the bar. After that, they pay their own way.
- Pre-arranged designated drivers. Canvass your workplace for volunteers who agree to abstain from alcohol and act as designated carpool drivers for their co-workers. If necessary, offer incentives (gift cards, comp time, etc.) to encourage volunteerism.
- Pre-arrange for limo/taxis. Admittedly an expensive (and may even logistically-impossible) solution, this would allow everyone to enjoy the bar without having to worry about driving home.
Q: What about employees who might be offended by religious music?
Just because you’re throwing a “holiday” party doesn’t mean we NEED to play religious music. A few weeks before your party, we’ll hold a Planning Meeting to discuss the details of your party and the types of music to be played.
Q: Aren’t office parties expensive?
They certainly can be, but they don’t need to be. With careful planning, you’ll find options for every budget. For example, hiring a DJ (like me) is usually less expensive than a live band. Here are some other cost-controlling strategies:
- Later Date: As suggested earlier, consider postponing your party until January. Some venues offer discounts or throw in extra freebies to attract business during the post-holiday slump.
- Food Costs: Have attendees pay a nominal fee towards food costs. Or, if you choose a venue that doesn’t cater, make it a “pot luck” party where everyone brings a dish to pass.
- Limit the Bar: As suggested above, there are strategies to keep your company’s bar tab from spiraling out of control… or don’t even have an open bar at all.
Booking Peter Naughton to DJ Your Party
When you’re ready to book, contact me with some basic information about your event. I’ll respond within 48 hours to let you know if I’m available on the date you want, and I’ll tell you exactly how much it would cost.
Anything I didn’t cover? I’ll be happy to answer your questions! Email or call (315)542-2112.