As a full service meeting planning company, producing wonderful events year round is second nature to us. This leaves me wondering, why oh why is it so hard to plan our annual holiday party for our own staff. One would think we would start planning as soon as we finish one and that we’d be full of awesome ideas; yet every year we wait until about two months before the party to start thinking about it and then scramble to find a venue, create a theme and secure entertainment.
Now it’s not that this is a low priority – showing our appreciation to our staff for a year of great work is a high priority. I think the problem is really the pressure to perform. Because we have an office full of creative thinkers, there is extra emphasis on “how are we going to top what we did last year”. How are we going to come up with new and creative ideas? How can we make sure our team members feel like the special people they are – provide the same feeling to them that they provide to our clients and their attendees? How can we use the party not only as a celebration, but as a way to inspire our team members to keep the creative juices flowing in the year to come is the challenge? Lastly, how do we do this in upstate New York where our resources are not as vast as if we were located in a major metropolitan area?