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So, You're Coordinating the Thanksgiving Potluck at Work? Here's How to Make It Awesome. - Worksgiving

So, You're Coordinating the Thanksgiving Potluck at Work? Here's How to Make It Awesome. - Worksgiving
From The Kitchn - November 7, 2017

Holidays in the office can be brutal. People are trying to take time off work and they are totally stressed out over everything they have to get doneat the office and beyond. So how do you make the company potluck something fun that people actually want to participate in? It's tough, but totally possible.

Here's what you need to do in order to get volunteers who are just as excited about making centerpieces as you are.

1. Assemble a team.

You do not have to be the holiday cheerleader alone. In fact, if it's just you, you run the risk of being annoying. Assemble a core team so you can brainstorm ideas and wrangle people together. Peer pressure really does work!

2. Schedule it for earlier in the month.

Yes, we know Thanksgiving is technically toward the end of the month, but that's also when people are probably the busiest and less likely to be able to help out. Plan your office party for this week or next and it will be fun and not just another thing people have to do. And plan it for during the work day. No one wants to spend extra time in the office if they do not have to.

3. Send a careful invite.

If you want your Worksgiving to be enthusiastically received, it starts with the way you initially pitch it. Write a couple of drafts of your introductory (and reminder) email, so you do not have to continually clog everyone's inboxes with revisions or that one detail you forgot to add.

4. Start a Google doc.

5. Skip the turkey.

6. Make it optional.

7. Offer prizes.

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