Here in Australia, the Melbourne Cup race day is known as:
The race that stops the Nation!
Our Victorian friends have this day as a public holiday, however, workplaces in other States and Territories of the country literally stop and tune into the race.
Now I know some business owners may be thinking, ahh… this work event is going to cost me in work disruption. But this day can actually be used to maximise our connections with our colleagues. Afterall, connection is the key to talent retention1 .
Work functions such as these create an opportunity for colleagues to chat outside the work environment. These events also create some meaningful connections, and those connections might be the difference between some team members staying or finding a work opportunity elsewhere.
So, here are my top five tips for holding a work Melbourne Cup function:
1. Melbourne Cup Sweep 🏆
It wouldn’t be a typical Aussie workplace Melbourne Cup day without some friendly rivalry between colleagues, over an office sweep. Who will get the Melbourne Cup winner!? What will the prize be? Winner takes all or winner gets an RDO?
2. Fashions on the Field
Lay some fake grass as a fashion runway and have your team strut their stuff! You could even create a theme for the day, i.e. famous winners of the Melbourne Cup, an equestrian theme, best head piece, best dressed overall.
3. Melbourne Cup Trivia
Who remembers the winner from Melbourne Cup last year? Which horse has won the Melbourne Cup/Caufield Cup/W.S. Cox Plate trifecta?
We have created a Melbourne Cup trivia for you to use within your workplace. Check it out here: Melbourne Cup Trivia
We will send you the answers in next weeks HR Disrupter...so keep an eye out!
4. Get Everyone Excited
Grab some nibbles or get lunch delivered, have the drinks on ice and ready to go! Send out an email, get some posters up or use your company’s internal messaging system to get everyone excited and ready for the day (and not call in sick)! Don’t forget to:
- ask for everyone’s dietary requirements so no one is left out;
- remind people to read up on their Melbourne Cup trivia;
- get your outfits ready; and
- have some spare change ready to get your betting game on!
5. Have fun…but not too much fun
At the end of the day, everyone needs to remember that work functions require a certain level of behaviour.
This wouldn’t be a HR blog without a friendly reminder of ways to reduce risk to your business.
Make sure a reminder email is sent to all staff, around the policies in place and the expected level of behaviour required at work functions. No one wants to be subjected to (or deal with) sexual harassment, loss of licences…
To make it easy, tune in to the HR Disrupter next week to get your FREE template email to send to all staff on appropriate behaviour.
* we promote responsible gambling in the workplace disclaimer J
1 HRD ISSUE 17.04
click here to watch our Founder Sel Watts speak about why she believes Melbourne Cup Celebrations are important.
Photo by Julia Joppien.
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