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Spoil Your Staff with Dinner Out

Spoil Your Staff with Dinner Out

Showing your staff how much you appreciate them is a great idea. Treating your hard-working team will boost morale, and most likely boost productivity and job satisfaction too!

Here are some tips to spoil your staff with dinner out:

CHOOSING THE RESTAURANT

Choosing the restaurant is key to a successful staff dinner.

  • Choose somewhere with a wide range of cuisine choices to suit all tastes
  • Call ahead to make sure they have plenty of room for your group
  • Make sure they are used to hosting large groups so they don’t get annoyed if the night turns out to be noisy or rowdy
  • Organize with the restaurant a set menu or simplified ordering and payment plan to minimize hassle on the night
  • Ask the restaurant if they can provide starter platters when the group first arrives

SURPRISE THEM!

You don’t need to tell them outright what you are planning, why not make it a surprise?

  • Send out a group email to your staff with a survey about their availability. This will incite lots of excitement and speculation
  • When you pick the night, send out a “save the date” email with some vague details regarding what to expect
  • Let them know that this is an outside-work-hours event to express your gratitude for their hard work

PARTNERS?

Whether or not to invite partners is a big question. If it is for a particular event like Christmas or a company milestone, then it’s more appropriate to invite partners. But if it’s a general dinner to spoil your staff, then keep it just staff. Here are some ideas to make families more included:

  • Have a pre-dinner function at work where partners are welcome to come and socialize before staff moves on to dinner
  • Have a more casual, post-dinner meet-up option at a bar or other venue where partners are welcome to come along and meet up with the team after the dinner

DRESS CODES AND OTHER TIPS

  • You don’t want to make this a hassle for the staff, but you do want to give them an opportunity to really make a night of it. Specify that the dress code is business casual, or if they would like, they can go all out!
  • Make sure to plan well in advance so your staff can organize babysitters
  • Set a casual, friendly atmosphere by getting to the restaurant earlier than your staff so you can be there to greet them and offer them a drink as soon as they arrive
  • Give a small speech at the dinner table, but keep it short and complimentary so the staff doesn’t feel like they’re at work!

Spoiling your staff with dinner out is a great way to build team relationships, boost morale and make your staff feel appreciated and worthy. Go ahead and get planning!