Organizing a happy hour is a great way to bring your coworkers together. You can plan on meeting at a local restaurant after work, where everyone can grab a few drinks, eat some appetizers, and just chat about work-related and non-work-related things. If you want your happy hour plans to result in an event that everyone loves, then follow these tips.
1. Choose a place that's not all about the drinking.
Although going out for happy hour is a pastime that typically involves drinking, you should choose a bar that is a little less about drinking and more about something else — whether that be the food, darts, or maybe even live music. This way, if there is anyone in your group who does not drink, they will still feel comfortable attending, and they will have a good time when they are there. Those who want to drink can drink, and those who don't want to drink will still be entertained.
2. Choose some day other than Friday.
Friday seems to be a classic choice for happy hour since everyone is excited that the week is over. But actually, you may have better attendance, and people may have a better time, if you choose a day other than Friday. Wednesday and Thursday tend to be top choices. People are less likely to have other plans these days, so they are more likely to be able to attend. Plus, having happy hour mid-week will break up the week, leading to a more pleasant work environment. When workers are in a good mood, everyone benefits.
3. Set a start and end time.
Especially the first time you have happy hour, it is helpful to set a start and end time. If you just say "meet at restaurant x after work" some people may be there later, and others sooner. Setting a start time ensures most everyone arrives at the same time, so there will be more socialization. Setting an end time ensures people won't feel pressured to stay and will feel comfortable leaving at a reasonable hour. Some people may over-stay, and of course, that is okay because you're at a public restaurant, but others will be happy to have a reason to leave earlier and get other things done.
With the tips above, you can host a better work happy hour. Talk to a happy hour restaurant near you to learn more.