Now that the holidays are over and life has returned to normal, I can look back and reflect on last year.
I’ve always thought there is no better way to end the year than with a company holiday party, right?
Over the holidays I visited with a bunch of family and friends. We talked about our families, football, work and… our company holiday parties.
Now, I’m sure we can all agree that there are good company parties and
bad ones. My favorite "bad" story this year comes compliments of my
good friend’s company (name withheld). His company encouraged spouses
to attend (that’s a good start). They fed them dinner (good again). But
then the senior leadership decided this would be a great time to
conduct a two-hour business meeting … and then open the bar! I guess
they had a captive audience, but a two-hour business meeting in the
middle of a party… with spouses!?! Not good.
Now let’s fast forward to a very different sort of holiday party. This company’s party has a dream theme. It’s bring your spouse – and you can either get really dressed up or wear your favorite pajamas. You enter the GM Rennaisance Center and are greeted by the LED walkers (see photo) on roller skates, stilts and other glow-in-the-dark gear. It’s open bar. There’s food galore. It’s crazy!
There are two huge party rooms. Let’s head to room #1 – "Dreamland." Oh, but on the way, don’t forget to grab some hors d’oeuvres and a martini, get a professional picture taken and jump into a virtual reality machine. Ok, now you’re in “Dreamland." Hey look! It’s DJ Skribble spinning the music. And there’s the illuminating oxygen bar for a breath of your favorite O2. Eat dinner on a rotating table that’s dressed up like a bed. Hey, why’s everyone cheering? Oh, it’s just Kid Rock up on stage with his buddy, Uncle Kracker.
OK, the concert is over and the night’s winding down. Let’s head up to room #2 – “Insomniac Lounge." Treat yourself to every night-time snack imaginable. Visit your very own dream analyzer. Raid the rows of refrigerators stocked with your favorite drinks and munchies. Time to go? Not yet. Here comes the chili bar with steak fries and dogs… and the party rolls on.
Is it over the top? Maybe a little. But it’s the leaders’ way at Quicken Loans of saying, “Thanks team! We appreciate YOU. Keep up the high-level of greatness in ’07!”
Now that’s a party. That’s the diff.