You want to throw a great party—not just a beer-drinking, game-watching event where your guests try to impress each other with tales of glory days, but an honest-to-goodness party with good food, top-shelf booze and perhaps some live entertainment. The problem with this kind of party is that it costs money. Sometimes big money. If you don’t have the cash to bankroll such an event, here are six ways to get work to pay for your party.
Tell your bosses you want to conduct your own research, and that’s why you need to throw a party. Perhaps it’s research on a product or your customers’ buying habits, but if you can sell this idea, you have an excellent chance of having to spend almost none of your own cash and quite a bit of your company’s cash for your soiree. You can get the company to buy liquor by telling them that once people have a few drinks in them, they are much more likely to give honest opinions.
If your company has new clients, you may want to plan a party to welcome their key people. You can invite people from work, but to make the party more lively and fun, you should have your friends come. Of course, you can’t invite all your friends. You can only invite the ones who make a good impression and won’t embarrass themselves or you by getting over-the-top drunk. The welcome party will help enhance your company’s relationship with the new clients.
It’s important to keep work morale high. Even if things are going well, it’s important for the company to show that it values its workers. This can be done with a party. Good food and good booze indicate that the company likes its employees. Good entertainment-like a band or a comedian-enhances those feelings even further. This will be a positive whether times are good or times are tough for the company.
This is a no-brainer. Most companies will throw holiday parties in December and call it a holiday party or a Christmas party. You can volunteer to be in charge of that party and make sure everyone gets invited, the food is hot and the drinks are plentiful. If your holiday party goes well, you can volunteer to plan another holiday party in the middle of the year, say for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. This may take some convincing, but if you remind them how well the first holiday party went, they may listen to you.
If your company has put out a new product, you may want to throw a party so the people who will be selling and using the product will become familiar with it, learn how to use it and can then teach others how to use it. A party is a much more relaxed atmosphere than, let’s say, a workshop where some “expert” will take charge at the front of the room and provide instructions and analysis. Learning about the new product in an easy-going environment like a party will create positive feelings.
Say the company has had an excellent financial quarter or a great fiscal year. Of course, everybody likes to get a little bit of a bonus in the paycheck. However, when the company makes an effort to celebrate its success with a party, it speaks volumes. The company doesn’t have to do it, and it represents a lot of extra work, but it demonstrates that there is appreciation to those who did the work. That makes the process of work a little more enjoyable. Workers who might bitch don’t feel taken for granted.