Office Parties at Huge Companies
I began my career at Disney. A multinational conglomeration that had the funds but not the heart or logistics to engage all the departments in an office party. Sure, separate branches had their own respective parties and I went to a couple social events during the year. In fact, during Summer, half of the Burbank lot would turn into a carnival-like festival for a day. The company encouraged employees to bring their families. There were plenty of activities for the kids. I was in my mid 20’s and all about the work. I thought office parties were just to make an appearance and show that you can stay sober then move on to your own time.
Office Parties at Medium Size Companies
Cut to a few years later when I went to work for a vendor company that made movie trailers for Disney and other studios. The 150 employees, from three locations around Hollywood, had the chance to socialize for the office holiday party. I was only a month in during my first holiday party. Thus, I figured I had to make an appearance, then I could go out and enjoy my Friday night. The party was at the Edison nightclub in Downtown LA. From the moment I walked down the stairs, I knew this was something special.
A huge buffet spread of various foods decorated the center table. Despite filling myself up with tapas prior to my arrival, I embarked on the journey of fresh roasted salmon with asparagus. And even though there was no room left in my gullet, I piled several handfuls of fresh precious berries and hand-whipped cream onto my plate and through my taste buds. I could care less there were people around that I should converse with when there was such a magnificent food spread. I mean, if I was going to say anything it would just be about the food.
Motivation and Celebration
People could eat at the buffet, play video games in hidden rooms, enjoy the open bar, or dance to the music. Then the CEO began to speak. A large projector and multiple flat screen TV’s around the lair showed the speech then rolled into the new demo reel they were so happy to announce. Cheers from the audience roared for minutes and confetti shot out of cannons. The video of our work created motivation and celebration for the other videos.
The Trouble with Office Parties
The stigma of work-related parties getting rowdy is of great concern these days. There are harassment and other inappropriate liabilities to worry about. Yet, this could point to another reason to have them recorded. Alcohol might play a factor but that is a personal concern to any company. It’s a balance between having fun and staying professional.
The Best of
When you think about recruitment for your growing company you should picture the activities of people working and enjoying themselves. A few clips of highly motivated employees dressed up in suits can go a long way. Even recording an end of the year speech from the executives can grab a few key phrases that perfectly describe your mission purpose. You probably want prime moments like this recorded on 4K.
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