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Top Reasons For Hosting a Corporate Party

Corporate parties are a lot of fun. Often, co-workers do not have the time to get to know each other on a personal level, and they are unable to really learn about each other’s true personalities. Fortunately, a corporate party gives them the time to do that. In order to make the party even more exciting, consider the following themes.

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End of the Year Celebration

In some places of work, employees do not see each other for several months at a time, and this is most common in schools. To really bring the theme to life, you could serve food from popular summer vacation destinations and decorate the room with all of the colours of summer. You might want to have a semi-formal session where everyone says what they are doing for the summer, or you could just allow everyone to mingle.

Celebrations for the Holidays

Yes, Christmas themed parties are very popular, and so many companies have them. The reason is that they are full of joy, so be sure to decorate the room appropriately. You can have items that represent the faith of all your employees and some secular pieces for those who are not religious. In fact, you could have Father Christmas come to visit and bring everyone a small token of appreciation! Serving foods that match the traditional cuisine of the holidays are another way to really intensify the theme you are trying to display.

A Costume Party

In many work environments, people always have to be dressed up. They are constantly wearing suits, dresses and other formal pieces of clothing; therefore, a costume party gives them the chance to show off their inner personalities and, quite literally, wear whatever they would like to. At these types of celebrations, it’s a lot of fun to have prizes for the best costume, most original costume, scariest costume and so forth. You could throw this celebration around Halloween as this holiday is starting to become a little bit more popular in the region or at any time of the year.

A Holiday Themed Party

Even for those employees who absolutely love their jobs, they still want to think about holidays to their favourite destinations. Bring them a little bit of those dreams into the corporate party. For example, you could poll workers to find out what some of the top travel destinations are, and then incorporate decorations, souvenirs and other items from that region into the party. Furthermore, you should find out what foods are popular in those regions, and serve them to all of the guests. Little paper suitcases could act as the invitations if you really want to infuse the theme into all aspects of the party.

Having a themed party is so much fun for you and your employees. No matter which theme you choose to employ at the celebration, it’s certainly to be remembered for a very long time. Contact a reputable Australian event management company for assistance.

5 Step Process to Solving an Event Crisis

No one wants to experience a crisis at an event; however, sometimes, these types of things do happen. It’s always important to have a plan figured out before the event starts, so you do not become frustrated and flustered if a crisis does occur.

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Explaining Emergency Evacuation Routes

At the start of the event, you should spend a moment or two familiarising people with the room. Let them know where emergency exits are, or, at the least, be sure that the signs are fairly obvious. The party space should also have notes regarding what to do if there is a fire, and emergency numbers should be readily available.

The Cause of the Problem

Some crisis situations are not possible to handle by yourself, but you can do the best you can at managing them. For example, let’s say that a group of people start screaming that another person has fallen to the ground. The first problem is not the individuals screaming; it is getting to the person who has fallen. Therefore, you need to address the most serious issue first, and then you can handle the smaller repercussions later on.

Organising the People

If something does happen, either you or an associate needs to start organising everyone. For example, let’s return to the person who is lying on the floor. Having a crowd of individuals gasping and telling you what to do is not going to be helpful. Therefore, you need to let people know that they have to move away from the scene. If possible, put someone else in charge of this task. He or she can lead people to the other side of the room, and explain the importance of giving the other individual room to receive help.

Looking for Professional Help

Maybe one of the chandeliers on the ceiling has crashed to the floor or an electrical outlet seems to not be working. After ensuring that everyone in the area is okay, it’s time to start looking for professional help. Trying to clean up glass or playing with the electric by yourself can be extremely dangerous. The reception venue will be able to take care of the problem for you, and, if not, the staff will have people who they can call to the deal with the issue. Do not try to take on everything by yourself.

Remaining Calm

The words calm and crisis generally do not belong together. However, if you are the head of the company, people are going to look toward you for an example. The moment you begin to panic, the rest of the individuals in attendance will do so too. Try to remain focused on solving the issue in the best way that you can, and stay as calm as humanly possible.

It’s unfortunate that event crises happen, but they are a part of life. Therefore, it’s important to know how to handle these situations when they do arise. This will be a result of successful event management practices.

5 Global Events to Look Forward to in 2013

There are plenty of amazing events to look forward to in 2013, and both yearly events and one time celebrations will be had in the new year. It’s always great to be able to enjoy an event on a global scale because it brings the entire world together rather than just a subset of the world population. If you are looking for a huge event to enjoy this year, then you should look into the details of these big five global events.

1 – 2013 UEFA Champions League Final

One of the biggest sporting events of this year will be held at Wembley Stadium in London, England on May 25th. The Champions League Final is a ridiculously large event every year, and it is likely that this year will be the biggest event ever for the most important football club tournament final of the year.

2 – The Debut of Wearable Technology

It seems that 2013 is going to be the year of wearable technology, and there will be plenty of events to look forward to when it comes to computers that you will be able to wear on your wrist or on your face. Google’s Glass project seems to be getting closer to an actual release date, and the date that those glasses are released will surely be a worldwide event for everyone to enjoy. One release date in the world of wearable tech that has been set is the date when Pebble will be available for purchase. Pebble is a Bluetooth companion for smartphones that allows people to control various aspects of their Internet connected lives from a wristwatch. This piece of wearable tech goes on sale on January 23rd.

3 – Glastonbury Festival

The biggest music festival of the year will likely be Glastonbury Festival in the United Kingdom. This festival routinely achieves an attendance rate that almost hits 200,000 people per day, making it by far the biggest festival in the world. This year’s festival will be held from June 26 to June 30, and it will feature such widely known acts as Beyonce and Coldplay.

4 – The Cadillac Super Cruise Release

Autonomous cars are now here. Cadillac is releasing the Super Cruise this year, which will be one of the first cars to include a semi-autonomous driving system. You will actually be able to let the car take over the responsibility of moving around when you are in heavy traffic, which is something that many people did not expect to see for a few more years. This will be one of the first true tests for autonomous cars on the road.

5 – 2013 Confederations Cup

You cannot talk about the biggest events of a calendar year without mentioning an international soccer tournament.The biggest soccer tournament of 2013 will be the Confederations Cup, which will be held in Brazil. This tournament will run from June 15 to June 30, and it will give the world a small preview of what to expect from next year’s World Cup.

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Best International Festivals in 2013

With so many amazing and eccentric festivals being held all year round across the globe, you’d be mad not to include at least one in your travel itinerary if you’re planning a trip overseas in 2013.

Given the sheer volume of incredible events happening globally in 2013, it can become near impossible to choose which ones you want to be a part of. But worry not, we’ve put together a list of the best and most outstanding festivals to check out and immerse yourself in.

La Tomatina – Spain

Every summer in Spain, tourists and travellers from all over the globe swamp the town of Bunol in Valencia to take part in this curious event. Thousands of participants flood the streets for the world’s biggest tomato fight. Trucks haul loads of tomatoes in and punters pelt each other with them for anywhere between 1 – 2 hours. It’s messy, it smells, but what an amazing way to spend an afternoon. La Tomatina occurs on the last Wednesday of August each year.

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Carnival – Brazil

Every year, Rio de Janeiro lights up with quite possibly the largest culmination of sparkles, feathers and lycra on the planet. There’s dancing, parades, music, parties, and the most elaborate costumes and parade floats in existence. All across the city, events are held in celebration of Carnival, including balls, dance workshops, performances, street parties, and much more. The next Carnival will begin on February 8th 2013 and the partying continues until February 12th.

Glastonbury – UK

The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts is one of the biggest and most well known music festivals on the planet. Each year, punters travel to Glastonbury to see some of the most renowned and influential bands and musicians perform live over four huge days. If you love live music, it’s not to be missed. This year the festival falls on the 26th – 30th of June. Keep a close eye out for the next ticket release in April.

Burning Man – USA

This is an event which almost defies description. Picture a flat, arid, dusty patch of desert, miles from nowhere. Now picture a temporary city of ten thousand, erected in this space with the sole purpose of partying, dancing, performing, and becoming part of an amazing temporary community. The desert fills with interesting characters, awe-inspiring sculptures, dazzling lights and eclectic music. There are no cars allowed, and there is nowhere to buy food and drinks – the event works on a system of sharing. Bring your most outrageous outfits! The next burning man will be held August 26th – Sept 2nd.

San Fermin – Spain

Of course you’ve heard of the running of the bulls, well San Fermin is the week long festival in spain that gave wind to this well known tradition. Punters travel to Pamplona to run through the streets avoiding the pointed horns of a group of not-so-friendly bulls while spectators look on in awe. During the San Fermin festival, there is a bull running event each day at 8am from July 7th to July 14th. The festival also hosts pyrotechnic displays, street parties, and other unique events.

These are just a handful of the amazing events on offer in 2013, but they are certainly the most unique and our top picks for prospective punters. Whether you’re off on holiday, looking for artistic inspiration, seeking thrills or maybe even looking for the best examples of large-scale events for an event planning company, you’re bound to find what you’re looking for. Whatever direction you choose to take, there’s no doubt than any one of these will create memories you’ll never let go of.

How Your Company Can Make More Money by Rewarding Staff

There’s a modern movement in the business world that is constantly pushing for happy workers, increased morale and rewards for staff. For some businesses and business owners, this idea may still sound novel, but it’s fast becoming widely accepted that creating a positive organisational culture and cultivating satisfaction amongst the ranks is not just about satisfying the Human Resources Manager.

Studies and surveys are constantly upturning proof that having happy employees has a direct and positive effect on productivity and, subsequently, profit. The practice of rewarding staff in the workplace with the aim of increasing your bottom line is mutually beneficial for workers and companies alike. This works in several ways:

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Mutual Respect

When an organisation and its management show a genuine investment in the interests of an employee, the employee will, in turn, foster a genuine investment in the interests of the organisation. This means that, by feeling the company cares about him or her personally, that worker will care about what the outcome of the work they are producing means to the company, and will work toward fulfilling the company interests. If sales are the goal, the individual will work toward better sales. If production is the goal, the individual will work toward increasing production.

For this approach to be effective, management should demonstrate care for the individual’s personal and working life. This can be done in many ways, from granting time off when applied for, to sending flowers when sick, to rewarding workers with goal-driven incentives, or even a simple face-to-face chat with management.


Training staff and increasing their skill sets goes a long way to increasing job satisfaction and is personally rewarding. Workers are happier within an organisation when they feel they have opportunities to progress. Not only does this increase morale and retention rates, but this works in favour of the business too because workers are more skilled, more efficient, more capable and more productive.

Providing training for staff also opens up opportunities to recruit from within, saving time and money on external recruitment and training.

Compassion and Attention

Compassion for staff members is important for efficiency and efficacy too, not just morale. When management talk to employees and really listen to suggestions and complaints, they are able to find out what is important to workers, what they need in order to carry out their job better or more effectively. If your staff are producing results more efficiently, then your company will be saving time and money.

When these suggestions are heard and actions are taken, this also provides workers with a sense that they have the ability to change factors in the workplace, to improve practices or procedures, and to be heard on a personal level, thus increasing morale and providing a sense of ownership.

Give a Little, Gain a Lot

Small incentives and rewards programs for your workers may have a little impact on the bottom line but they can also have an exponential effect on loyalty and productivity. Loyalty will mean you save money on external recruiting and retaining with better retention rates within the organisation. Losing a staff member can make a big dent in productivity when schedules are tight and replacing them is costly and time consuming.

By the same token, when you increase productivity as a result of goal-based incentives and by generally increasing worker morale and job satisfaction with rewards programs, this means you’re producing more for less and winning out overall.

Rewarding staff will mean that your business, management and staff will all feel the benefits and the workplace will become a positive environment, not just on a personal level, but also in productivity and profit.

If you haven’t got anything in place yet, a great idea is to work with an incentive company who can help you structure incentive and rewards programs that suit your organisation and budget. With benefits so widespread, you’d be crazy not to get started right away, and your staff will love it.