Can you say “Happy Hour”? It’s Monday, you know what that means – we’re already looking forward to Friday like looking for order essay online. Just kidding (well, partially kidding). This is the time of year where we haven’t had a paid holiday for over two months! Which means your workers, coworkers or team members may be burning out. Add in all the stress of preparing for Thanksgiving and doing Christmas shopping (I’m already fighting off Christmas music on the radio) and you’re sure to see a downturn in employee output this time of year.
Hello My Name is Happy Hour
One of the quickest ways to center everybody on your team is to bring the group together for something fun and non work related. Enter – Happy Hour.
Happy Hour has always been a favorite among workers. Drinks and casual dress combined with venting, I mean collaborating, about work responsibilities seems to add cohesiveness to any team. Fact: real team building happens after 5pm. Here are 5 keys to a Successful Happy Hour.
Happy Hour Key 1: Buy a round or 10
People are conserving cash, especially around the holidays. As a manager looking to ensure the team gets quality downtime swipe the company card and buy a few rounds for your workers to kick off the Happy Hour. As a Project Manager I’ve taken my project teams out for drinks or lunch on my own dime (not on the company card) as a means for showing how much I appreciate their hard work – also helps me build popularity among workers which makes it easier to secure top talent in a large matix’d organization.
Happy Hour Key 2: More than Drinks (appetizers)
People eat lunch at different times and are likely to get hungry after work. If everyone shows up for one drink and leaves promptly then it is likely you never really had the entire group together all at one time and defeated the purpose of your Happy Hour. Breaking bread is a common theme for building community. It also gives your employees one more reason to show up to Happy Hour for team building and will ensure conversation gets flowing.
Happy Hour Key 3: Make it Ok to knock off Early
With different people arriving at work at different times it can be hard to gather everyone in the same place at the same time. I suggest making it ok for every to knock off work at 4pm or 3:45. You’re more likely to gather a larger portion of the team and include those who have evening activities or commitments planned. It’s about downtime anyways. You’ll get that extra 15 minutes or an hour back in productivity – if your team isn’t already give you extra hours weekly.
Happy Hour Key 4: Location
Keep it close to the office like serp checker online. This allows everyone to arrive at Happy Hour promptly and ensures it’s not too far in the opposite direction as the drive home. Our goal is to get as many people to show up as possible and stay as much of the allocated time as possible – helps to reinforce team building.
Happy Hour Key 5: Promote the Event
There is no such thing as a secret team building event. If you want your team to make accommodations then let them know all the details in advance. Have your admin do a fun email in a sideways sales letter format that builds up anticipation for the event. You want your team Happy Hour to be fun, engaging and something your team looks forward to – even requests.
With that I say Happy Monday and don’t forget to slowdown, center yourself and refocus on the important aspects at work during the holiday season.