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Office holiday parties have gotten a bad reputation for being stiff, forced, and uninspired, but your holiday party doesn’t have to be a dull affair. More and more companies, concerned with boosting employee experience, have stepped up their office holiday party game with on-trend attractions, interactive food, and top-notch cocktails.

If you’re feeling intimidated, don’t be. Throwing a good party doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. A few simple guidelines and suggestions, and a little out-of-the-box thinking can produce a party your employees will actually want to attend each year. Here are our top 8 tips for throwing a great party (and keeping the budget in check).

 

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Millennials have fully infiltrated the workforce and they’re changing it … for the better. Once seen as an entitled, overly coddled generation, employers have come to realize that in fact, this rising generation of workers and leaders is deeply committed, socially connected, and incredibly productive. Never before has a group of people been more inundated with technology throughout the entirety of their lives. As a result, they think differently and expect more. 

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What are user personas?

Determining your company’s user personas—those distinct buckets of personalities and skill levels throughout the organization—is a necessary exercise for those looking to increase user adoption of a particular enterprise tool or strategy. Knowing the personas within your company and their competencies will not only help you chose the right software solution to meet your needs, but it will help shape corporate strategy from implementation and beyond.

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“Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.” – Groucho Marx 

What is a more valuable commodity than your time? Truly, there is never enough of it. That’s why when it comes to the time you spend at work, learning how to maximize the hours of your day is critical to success. Not only does good time management make you a more efficient and productive worker, but it enables you to better take advantage of the valuable time spent out of work as much as it allows you to maximize the time spent in work. This is a key component to a healthy modern workplace. 

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Humans are a curious bunch. Throughout our storied history, we’ve often modeled our behavior off doctrines for decades, if not centuries, before questioning why or setting out to disprove them. These myths and superstitions have led to what today we would consider ridiculous behavior or foolish beliefs; like avoiding cracks in the sidewalk, not handling toads so as not to get warts, or imbibing in the hair of the dog (both literally to heal that dog bite or figuratively to heal that hangover). 

Just as placing some hair of the dog that bit you into your dog bite (and cracking that beer first thing in the morning) isn’t going to cure your wound (or your pounding headache), there are a number of myths that pervade your office that may actually be doing more harm than good. Many of these office myths might make sense at first glance, but result in some surprising consequences that hamper productivity and employee morale. 

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What’s more personal than a name? We make painstaking efforts to find the perfect name for our children and pets. We obsess over celebrity baby names and chuckle over clever band names. Real estate developers invest millions of dollars to hire companies to create the perfect name for new condominiums and communities. In today’s fast-paced business world, some companies even live and die by their names. And there are some real doozies out there.