We are heading into one of the most active social seasons of the year, with events ranging from quiet get togethers to frantic house parties to gargantuan gala events. Company-run social events have been a longstanding tradition in many organizations, often reflecting aspects of the people within that plan them. Before you do a deep-dive into planning your event, take a peek at what some other organizations do to break bread together.
Though they may just be seen as fun get-togethers, Lisa Kay, president and lead consultant of Toronto-based Peak Performance Human Resources, says that there are notable benefits to hosting social events.
“Across generations, people enjoy socializing with their colleagues, having an opportunity to do something more on a casual level to get to know people in a more personal way,” she says. “The advantage is in terms of engagement and giving people an opportunity to get to know their colleagues more.”
HR specialist Brad Fernandes, who works at Toronto-based digital marketing agency DAC Group, similarly notes that office parties often remind him how much he appreciates the environment and group that he works with.