Topic: Holiday Parties at Work

I did some research to find some great links that talk about holiday parties in the workplace.  I hope you find this information very helpful this time of year.

A Fun List of Holiday Work Party Ideas – The Balance

https://www.thebalance.com/a-fun-list-of-holiday-work-party-ideas-1223808

Holiday Party – The Balance

https://www.thebalance.com/office-holiday-party-alternatives-1918051

Office Holiday Parties Your Employees Want to Attend | Inc.com

https://www.inc.com/suzanne-lucas/office-holiday-parties-your-employees-want-to-attend.html

76 Corporate Holiday Party Ideas Employees Will Love | Roaming …

https://roaminghunger.com/blog/12793/54-corporate-holiday-party-ideas-employees-will-love

15 Office Holiday Party Ideas for Teams of Every Size (and Budget …

https://justworks.com/blog/office-holiday-party-ideas-teams-every-size-budget

5 Creative Ideas For Throwing An Office Holiday Party People Will Love

https://www.fastcompany.com/3054471/5-creative-ideas-for-throwing-an-office-holiday-party-people-will-love

25 Epic Office Party Ideas That’ll Have Everyone Buzzing for Weeks

http://www.snacknation.com/blog/office-party-ideas/

Office Holiday Party Etiquette | Monster.com

https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/office-holiday-party-etiquette

How to Keep Your Office Holiday Party From Being Lame – CNBC.com

https://www.cnbc.com/id/100316430

9 Unique Company Holiday Party Themes | Tasty Catering

http://www.tastycatering.com/9-unique-company-holiday-party-themes/

How To Host a Company Holiday Party Your Employees Want to Attend

https://www.zenefits.com/blog/how-to-plan-company-holiday-party/

Holiday Office Party Do’s and Don’ts | Quintessential LiveCareer

https://www.livecareer.com/quintessential/office-party-dos-donts

Work Christmas Party Dos and Don’ts – The Muse

https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-network-impress-and-still-have-fun-at-your-office-holiday-party

The Rise of the Remote-Work Holiday Party – The Atlantic

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/12/remote-workers-holiday-parties/510434/

How to Network at Your Holiday Work Party | Monster.com

https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/holiday-networking-tips-hot-jobs

Do’s and Don’ts for Making the Company Holiday Party Work for You

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2016/12/09/434653.htm

6 Tips for a Fun, Affordable Holiday Party – Entrepreneur

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/239873

5 Tips for Office Holiday Party Planning – Punchbowl

https://www.punchbowl.com/p/5-tips-for-office-holiday-party-planning

The Office Christmas Party: Holiday Survival Party Tips

http://time.com/money/4602361/office-christmas-holiday-party-survival-guide/

Office holiday party etiquette rules – Business Insider

http://www.businessinsider.com/etiquette-rules-for-the-office-holiday-party-2015-12

Holiday Parties and Employer Liability | TriNet

https://www.trinet.com/hr-insights/articles/holiday-parties-and-liability

Office holiday party etiquette – Boston.com

http://archive.boston.com/jobs/galleries/holiday_parties1206/

 

Elizabeth Debol
Executive Virtual Assistant
elizabeth.debol@smallbvs.com
www.SmallBVS.com

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RETHINKING ONLINE FUNDRAISING from the donor’s perspective (Guest Post)

fundraising_inspirationIn the midst of all the Christmas noise, dozens of emails requesting a donation begin to flood my inbox. Suddenly I find myself sifting through the requests and deciding which ones I have the most affinity with. Many end up in the delete folder. Some because they point only to my wallet and never established a relationship with me, others because they extend in endless litanies, others because they do not clearly show how those who serve the organization benefit, and the vast majority because there is no evidence to understand that the online channel implies visual, participatory, and emotional components that separate them from a letter in the mail.

I know many organizations that want to expand their reach to the online channel. But not many have understood that a donate button is by far the thrill of touching any human being. If a nonprofit wants to cultivate a new audience it should not involve a request for money, but rather first start a relationship with the prospect. In this search, many nonprofits have chosen to chase “likes” across every social media platform. However, many might agree with me that social media is primarily for entertainment and communication. Let’s face it, people do not look in social media for organizations they want to donate to; it simply is not entertaining. Proof of this is the amount of “likes” that nonprofits convert into donations.

To start conquering the online channel, nonprofits should remember that the main hub for their digital marketing efforts should be their own website. Why? Because it is in the digital home where organizations can initiate a relationship with their audience without mercantile shades. It is where they can share their vision and mission, and enrich the visitor experience with visual content, testimonials, videos & text, and show the impact of their work. Though it is hard to engage people with dull web pages, poor visual content, and no chances for the visitors to participate online and somehow become part of the cause.

There are 7 core principles to captivate an online audience: easy, short, fun, visual, modest contributions, participatory, and togetherness. Few nonprofits have implemented them. Everything that screams fun and puts a smile on someone’s face drives us to share it. Any easy process motivates us to take action. Everything that makes us participate in togetherness gives us a sense of belonging. And everything that is visual contributes to our memories.

It’s time for nonprofits to change the input to get a different output. It’s time to start creating online events that help build a relationship with supporters. It’s time to consider that online fundraising takes as much, if not more, effort than face-to-face initiatives and that today’s efforts might not bear fruits immediately but they will in a short time when the online channel will become the main stream of income.

During the year-end campaign, I suggest nonprofits to use two pledge themes: one for advocacy, one for advocacy and donation. And if you are looking to rise above the noise, put your website to work by cultivating an audience and making donating online fun!

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Adriana Granados
Visionary Entrepreneur
www.PixGift.com

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