HOW TO MAKE OFFICE HAPPY HOUR THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK

By Breathless Resorts and Spas  |  March 13, 2019

Sometimes after a long week at the office, you and your coworkers agree that a happy hour is in order. If you’ve been tasked with planning the get together, it can be a tall order to make sure all the different office personalities have a great time. Check out our tips for ensuring your happy hour is the one everyone is talking about on Monday morning!

Be mindful of timing

Throwing a happy hour is a great incentive to celebrate a big win in the workplace. With that said, a happy hour is best held at a time when a large project has wrapped up. If you pick a date that falls during one of these large projects, your invitees may have to stay late to accommodate their workload rather than attending happy hour. If you’re still in the early stages of planning, send a poll out via email and let your coworkers choose a time that works best for them.

Location is everything

For a truly successful happy hour, you’ll want as many people as possible to benefit. Try to schedule the happy hour at a venue that is close to the office – not everyone lives in the same location, and some coworkers may have long commutes. It’s also best to make sure you choose a bar that has space for all the attendees so that everyone has enough room to socialize. If the company is footing the bill, call ahead to see if the bar has any private space that can be utilized for your team.

Invite the Whole Team

Open the invitation to everyone on your team or company, depending on what the happy hour is for. It’s never fun to hear what a great time the happy hour was if you’re the one person who wasn’t on the invite list. This is an opportunity to get to know the people you work with but may not know personally in an informal setting. Use an email list to ensure you are including all the right people. Don’t forget the new guy! Happy hours are great for welcoming a new employee to the team.

Make it Fun, But Professional

Keep it classy – this is still a work event, so no one should overdo it. Ensure there are snacks available and that everyone is staying hydrated. If someone does have too much, call them an Uber or see that they get a ride home with another coworker. Don’t forget, as the host it’s important keep yourself in check too! The goal is for everyone to have fun and socialize rather than to slam shots and get sloppy.

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