If you need to plan your first after-work event for your employer and aren't sure what local restaurant you would like to host it at, then these tips will help you find an ideal location that everyone will be happy with.
Tip: Decide on the Atmosphere Your Event Should Have Before Shopping for a Location
Not all after-hours work events are created equal. Some are loud bashes celebrating a recent project's completion while others are more intimate where everyone gathers to congratulate one person on a milestone such as a retirement or many decades of dedicated service with the company.
Before shopping for your venue, make sure you decide what type of atmosphere is ideal for your event. For example, do you want a quiet restaurant where your party can sit down, share a meal, and swap stories? Or, do you want a loud party where there is music or even some fun things to do, games in the arcade at your local pizza joint?
Tip: Consult a Local Restaurant Guide for Possible Locations
Deciding on the atmosphere will help you start narrowing down possible venues. Once you have done so, then it's time to consult the local restaurant guides online and see if you can find just the right restaurant to meet your party's needs. Make sure you check their reviews and determine if other companies seem happy with their services.
Tip: Avoid Sushi and Other Cuisines Not Everyone Likes
Nothing is more of a drag as an employee than being required to attend an after-work event at a restaurant that serves a cuisine they don't like. Sure, you can try and be polite and order the least offensive option on the menu, but it's a lot nicer to prevent this situation in the first place. When choosing your location, try to avoid restaurants that serve only sushi, Chinese, or Indian food that not everyone likes.
Tip: Be Considerate of Employees With Alcohol Issues
While it can be fun going out to drink with friends from work, alcohol is problematic for many people. Some people avoid it for personal health issues, while others abstain from drinking due to religious or other issues.
Since everyone toasting to this and toasting to that can cause issues for people who choose to abstain from drinking, try and choose a restaurant for your work event that isn't alcohol-centered, such as the local microbrewery or a bar that also serves food.
Keep these tips in mind as you look for restaurant places to eat in your area.