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How to Motivate Your Employees for Your Corporate Holiday Event

Another year is coming to a close, and the holidays are around the corner once more. As an HR employee, the job falls to you to get the rest of your company excited about the upcoming activities you have planned.

Whether you choose to call your holiday company event a “Christmas party,” a “Thanksgiving activity,” or other holiday-themed names, these gatherings are important for the growth of your company. These year-end activities are meant to be a way to say “Thank you for all your hard work this year!” and be an opportunity for employees across all departments to get to know each other.

If your current efforts to create buzz and excitement for the holiday activities have been unsuccessful, here are a few ideas to help you gain inspiration!

How to Motivate Your Employees for Your Corporate Holiday Event

1 – Create a Poll Ahead of Time

Polls are a great way to gauge interest and excitement for a corporate holiday party! While you can create fun polls via Google Forms, some employees will be more willing to participate if you send the poll via email.

When you create the poll, try to incorporate different themes that include pictures of food or pictures of gifts that employees might enjoy while they’re mingling at the holiday party. This will help get employees excited about the event ahead of time.

2 – Give Away Prizes

Giving away prizes for being involved in your holiday activities is a great motivation tool. Prizes are great for your holiday party – both in terms of monetary value and in terms of non-monetary value. Prizes are a great way to show your employees how much you appreciate them. When you think of prizes, think of something that they’re going to want but that they wouldn’t have an opportunity to acquire otherwise.

3 – Make the Event About Them

You don’t necessarily want to make the event about you. Sure, you want to be sure you get your face time and your thanks in, but you want to also dedicate time to your employees and their hard work this year.

Have employees speak about what they’ve done and their goals for next year so far. Encourage employees to tell fun stories about their families, their hobbies, and everything else. Let your employees speak about their experiences with your company and their world.

4 – Send Out Invitations Early

Email invitations are the best way to get your employees excited about your holiday party. This is another motivator, as employees are often intrigued by the event, and they want to know what they’re getting into.

If you’re not sure how to create email invitations, here’s a great technique that I use. I create a list of all the employees that will be attending; then, I send out an email template with a picture of food or some other holiday-themed decoration. This creates a sense of excitement, and I can edit it to say, “Hey everyone! We’re having a party the week before Thanksgiving. Invitations will be sent out on November 13th.”

5 – Use a Theme

No matter what event you plan, a holiday party is a good opportunity to use a theme. A theme can be a specific color or a specific type of food. This is a great way to encourage your employees to dress up and have fun!


By incorporating these five steps into your holiday season, you can create a sense of excitement among your employees for your holiday party! There is a great selection available to you when planning Utah corporate events.

If you do not already have a holiday party on the books, contact us to discuss your options with holiday party rentals. Utah Motorsports Campus has holiday party event facilities available for your corporate party! Call us and take advantage of this unique event space in Utah for your year-end party!


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