How to organise a team night out - and how to survive it!

How to organise a team night out - and how to survive it!

Congratulations. You have been identified as the most fun person in your workplace. And the obvious choice to sort a team night out. No, honestly, it’ll be fine. Read on – we’ve got your back.

Some people love organising team nights out. They’ll usually reel in a bunch of others to help, give them a group name like ‘the fun squad’ and set up weekly meetings that are followed up with passive-aggressive emails to those who failed to attend.


Then there’s everyone else. People who’ll happily join in with a team night out, but for whom the thought of organising one strikes fear into their heart. If that’s you, then this is what you need to know.

You need a theme

And that theme isn’t just ‘get drunk’. Building it around some form of activity is good, such as a murder mystery dinner or a night of competitive fun at Swingers, where you can combine crazy golf (which you’ll find almost anyone has an aptitude for) with some of the best street food around – from brilliant pizzas to delicious burgers.

Get invitations out ASAP

The later you leave it, the better reason someone has for not coming. Diarise it pronto and send reminder emails – ideally releasing little snippets of tantalising info about what’s in store

In-office drinks are a must

There’s something deliciously decadent about sipping wine or beer while sat at your desk before heading out. Maybe use that confidential report as a drink coaster. Who cares? It’s party time!


Staff awards are cheesy, but a quiz is good

Doling out perfunctory awards has been done to death. But you can still gently poke fun at team members by organising a fun quiz based around office colleagues and clients. Be sure to hand out hand out random spot prizes for various rounds – such as redesigning a client’s logo or mission statement. Just be sure that those ideas are never actually shown to a client. Because them reading “Our mission is to make as much money as possible while squeezing our suppliers to within an inch of their financial life” isn’t going to help the next tender process.

Do’s and don’t’s of the team night out

Do

Turn up

If you want to show that you’re committed to the company, then work nights out are a must-do event. Even if you stay for an hour, you’ll still get the brownie points for turning up. People generally remember you were there, rather than how long you were there for.

But turn up a bit late

The sort of person who arrives bang on time is the weird guy who works in IT who you only speak to when you have a tech issue. You once told him he was ‘a legend’ for fixing your PC and, now that there’s just two of you waiting for everyone to arrive, he thinks it’s time to take that friendship to the next level.

Eat beforehand

Everybody loves free food – and this is one of your few opportunities to eat on the company dime. But spending most of your time mumbling through a mouthful of mini-cheeseburgers and chicken satay isn’t the best for networking. Plus, a small snack beforehand will mean you’re not drinking on an empty stomach.

Don’t

Go to the third venue

Heading to a second venue is fine. People are merry, no one is misbehaving, you’re showing that you’re not a ‘eat, drink and run;’ kind of person. Carrying on to a third venue, though, moves you into the hard partying zone. A place where ‘let’s have fun’ switches to ‘let’s get wasted’. Nothing good will come of this.


Skip work the next day

If you only stick to one rule, make it this one. No matter how wretched you feel, be at your desk the following day. This particularly applies if you’ve done something that could create office gossip. Much better to be there, as it’ll cut down on people discussing at length (or at least in front of you) whether a person who stages dives off a bar top should really be in charge of HR.

Ask your boss for a raise

This is very bad form. They’re trying to relax too, and the last thing they need is a LinkedIn profile-style speech about your achievements in reducing office paperclip usage by 31%. Far better to threaten to upload any compromising footage you have of them from the night.


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