5 Reasons to Throw Your Office Holiday Party in January

The newest holiday event trend is not having your company party during the holidays at all. To save their team from stress, savvy companies have started celebrating in January instead. In this article, we’ll tell you why.

Article by Lee Rubin | Authored by Jordyn Coleman | Nov. 17th, 2021

This holiday season really snuck up on us, huh? And that holiday party is probably the last thing on your mind, but gosh darn it, you have to have it! But is there time to plan? Are there even options available? 

Trust us, you’re not alone in any of these thoughts. And we have the perfect solution for you: plan for January instead. 

It’s not as absurd as you think. In fact, it’s become quite the trend among companies across all industries - both big and small. Wanna know why? Read on to find out!

TL;DR

Don’t have time to read the whole article? We get it. Here’s a quick summary for you: 👇

     - Q4 is busy enough. Celebrate when you’re less stressed!

     - A post-holiday party makes event planning a whole lot easier. 

     - ‘Tis the season for new hires. Give them a taste of your culture right away. 

     - New year, new goals. It’s time to start it off with a bang. 

     - January doesn’t leave any hanging - all are involved and included. 

1. Q4 Isn’t Always the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

You’re nearing the end of Q4, which is, for many companies, the busiest season. Your employees’ minds are preoccupied with competing events, like family holiday obligations and meeting end-of-year goals. 

The team may not be in an enthusiastic, celebratory mood - they’re stressed! After all, Q4 isn’t over until that New Year’s ball drops. 

Having fun is a pillar of healthy company culture, but so is understanding work-life balance. By opting for a “holiday” party in January, you’re providing them the additional time to take care of themselves. 

Allow your employees to actually relax and enjoy once all the distractions have melted away! (That virtual mixology class isn’t going anywhere.) 

2. Post-Holiday Party Event Planning is A Breeze

We’ll tell it to you straight: if you start planning a holiday event any time past September, you’ll find options are limited. Don’t stress and scramble to find something just to have something. Consider a post-holiday party in January instead! 

In January, you’ll find the event world is your oyster. Available dates are aplenty, guaranteeing you can accommodate your team’s needs. Most importantly, you can take the time to plan an event you know your team members will love. 

January parties allow you to nail down a party that genuinely matches your company’s energy. And since your employees are fresh out of Q4 and all the seasonal stress, you’ll find them much more eager to celebrate alongside you! 

3. It’s New Hire Season

It’s January - a new fiscal year has begun. And according to LinkedIn, it’s when your new hires will start rolling in. 

Help them break the ice with an invite to your company’s virtual post-holiday party. They just spent their orientation week hearing about your incredible company culture, so why not show them? Plus, including fun ice breaker experiences like Ice Shaker will help the new folks get to know the whole crew. 

Trust us, it’s so much more fun to experience the company holiday party than hear about it.

4. Start Your Year Off Right

A fresh feeling always accompanies the new year. People’s spirits are high, and they’re excited to see what the next 12 months have in store. All-in-all, people want to celebrate beginnings just as much (if not more) as they want to celebrate endings. 

Take advantage of the new year’s passion by kicking it off with a company-wide event. It’s the perfect time to start fresh, especially considering everyone is mentally present. Your executive team can even take advantage of the renewed energy by hyping up the year to come. 

Give your team some fun to look forward to following the holiday season, and celebrate after the hardest work has been done.  

5. An Inclusive New Narrative

For some individuals, a corporate holiday party isn’t as welcoming as you may think. How many times have you heard your event called an office Christmas party? 

December is a month that holds religious connotations for people from all walks of life, but events during this time hone in on those two specific Christmas days - even if it’s unintentional. 

Regardless of intention, these actions have an impact. By turning your work holiday party into a post-holiday event, your focus becomes less on capturing the “holiday theme” and more about capturing the collective spirit of your employees. 

Celebrate Your Company Culture All Year Long

Once the reasons are laid out, it’s easy to see why corporate party planners are turning holiday parties into new year celebrations. You’re less stressed, you’ll have more fun, and it’s just easier on everyone! 

But we have one more thought we’d like to leave you with: 

Meeting company-wide cultural goals shouldn’t be restricted to once a year. To truly emphasize the importance of company culture, you need to celebrate all year long. 🥳

It’s easy to jump on the holiday party trend. But it’s much more rewarding to find what resonates with your company. 

Are you a tech start-up, like us? Then mark National Technology Day (coming up on January 6th!) and National Start-Up Day on your calendar to celebrate. Or maybe you’re all about sports! Consider planning a string of virtual experiences counting down the days to March Madness or your fantasy league draft. Make the most of your entire year! 

There are many opportunities to build upon your internal culture. And we can help you take advantage of them.

Team up with Confetti today and let your company culture flourish. You can plan your event straight from the platform simply by creating an account. And of course, we're always here to help at plan@withconfetti.com!


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