Companies everywhere are realizing the importance of happy hours for maintaining employee happiness, strengthening collaboration, and creating an intentional office culture. From young startups to large firms, monthly or weekly happy hours have become a staple in the workplace.
If the thought of planning a company happy hour sounds overwhelming, hiring outside support might be right for you. Our corporate clients love the fact that we can offer a full-service happy hour – we bring all of the supplies, serve throughout, and take care of the cleanup! Knowing that we have the details taken care of makes it easy for employees to relax and engage with their co-workers.
Whether or not you do-it-yourself or hire bartending or event support, these tips will help you rock your next company happy hour.
Plan a Recurring Happy Hour
Build employee excitement and expectation by hosting a recurring happy hour. A weekly schedule is a great way to bake team bonding into your company culture. If weekly sounds too frequent, try bi-weekly or monthly. Whatever frequency you decide, keeping the schedule consistent will help employees plan for and look forward to each event.
Mix up the beverage options
Keep your events interesting by offering different selections for each event. We like to rotate a selection of local beer and wines so that you have something new to try each week.
Plan a themed event
Any good happy hour has two key items: appetizers and drinks. Pair these together to make a fun theme for each event, like a margarita and taco bar. Another option is to plan your happy hour around staff birthdays, and let the birthday person pick their favorite drink and food! You can even add team building activities to go with each theme.
Hire a licensed bartender
Depending on your office culture, having alcohol in the workplace may make some employers uneasy. Hiring a licensed and insured bartender to serve alcohol is a great way to ensure that all legal requirements are being met and that you are maintaining a safe and responsible environment.
Need more tips for your next happy hour? Contact us to see how Party on the Rocks can support your corporate events.