Gone are the days where you can just pop a few extra pounds in your teams pay packets as a bonus. With people spending more and more time at work, appreciation and motivation in a team environment will reap far more rewards for your company than just money.
There are so many ways to boost your teams morale from activity days to treasure hunts, from game shows to themed party nights but what we like to do before we propose ideas, is to find out what makes your team tick! Choosing the right venue to reflect your appreciation is absolutely crucial, we can help you find the ideal venue for your event with our completely free of charge venue finding service.
If you can give us as much information as possible, what the culture of your team is, what department it is, what the age ranges are, what you did last year, all this kind of information will help us propose events ideas that will really boost your teams morale - and we've got many, many ideas!
The use of mobile phones and Blackberries seem to be an age old discussion now! Should delegates be allowed to keep their phones switched on? Does the ringing of a call or the bleeping of a message disturb your whole meeting - is anything that important? To some it's vital that they are in contact 24/7 but increasingly there are 'no phone zones' in hotels and venues and although it can be initially hard for delegates to 'cold turkey' the results are positive and delegates do actually concentrate on the meeting or relax and enjoy their away days as they are supposed to.
In Chicago a hotel manager offers to lock away mobile devices to encourage a less dependant stay. Being an ex-addict, he believes he's more effective and he feels better. So could you survive without your mobile phone, your Blackberry or (if you still have one) pager? It's a sorry statement but most of us couldn't, the desire to know and to keep in touch is all too compelling, employees even feel the need to keep up to date when on holiday. How healthy is this when you can't recharge your batteries and have a complete break? At Corporate Events we offer a completely free of charge venue finding service and we have a whole host of team building activities that can be hosted with or without mobile devices switched on!
When should you book your company Christmas party? The short answer is now. You may think that as it's only June, you've got plenty of time but I'm sorry to say that you simply haven't. It's frightening to think that we've been dealing with Christmas 2006 since January and we have already got companies booking their Christmas party for 2007. It would seem that many people left it far too late last year and either couldn't get the venue or the dates that they wanted.
If you are looking for your company party to happen on a Thursday or Friday in December this year then my simple advice to you is to get a move on! A client of ours needed a party for 150 guests on a specific night in a specific area and after contacting 35 venues that had no space we had to admit defeat and the client had to move dates, it's a shame but if only they had started looking two weeks ago, there was still space then. It's not only large groups that struggle, shared party nights are also selling fast this year.
We have access to the best shared party nights right across the country. In London there are many fantastic themed parties offering a full dinner, unlimited drinks and brilliant entertainment packages but if you want your team to be there, you have to move fast as there are many party's that have already sold out on key nights! With regards to the party prices that we quote, we offer this service totally free of charge. We take a small commission from the venue - we do not add any charge to your booking! So start thinking of Christmas now and contact us to make sure your company celebrations are a fantastic success this year!
Shaun Parker is an expert on Indoor Team Building and many other team building events due to his specialised job in the industry. Find out more about corporate events at the accolade website.