Tired of the same old boring end-of-year functions at work? If you’re part of a smaller company, take charge and make your Christmas party a murder mystery dinner party instead!
If you’re a white-collar stooge you can probably truthfully say, “If you’ve been to one office Christmas party, you’ve been to them all”. The average company year-end function is either a dead-boring, stuffy Christmas luncheon at 2014’s most popular restaurant. Or it’s a booze-dominated evening affair where you meet the drunk versions of your boss and colleagues – a sight you can never unsee.
Here are 5 awesome reasons you should mix things up and host a murder mystery dinner party for your colleagues, this December.
1. Role Reversal
A murder mystery dinner is one of the best ways to turn your office dynamics on their head. Employees can enjoy over-the-top fictitious positions of power for the night. And bosses can let off steam as comical characters and lowly skivvies. What’s not to love?
Just like the best dates, the best team building exercises are fun and playful. According to psychiatrist and founder of the National Institute for Play based in California, Dr Stuart Brown, the opposite of playing is actually depression.
Sometimes we get so serious and bored in our work environments that work can become a depressing place to be. A murder mystery dinner party is one of the best ways to introduce a spirit of playfulness to your company. That playfulness could even spill over to your work environment!
3. Unique Memories
Our Murder Mystery Guide Experiences are largely unscripted and therefore mostly improvised. That means you’ll never attend the same game twice! Each guest brings their own unique flavour to the character they play, which helps to create new in-jokes and hilarious dynamics that you’ll still be laughing about in the office, come Monday.
4. Good, Clean Fun
If you’re not a fan of getting drunk, or seeing your colleagues and managers pie-eyed, a murder mystery dinner is something that appeals to almost everyone. The fact that guests need to have their wits about them for the full duration of the game automatically encourages guests to be clear-headed and to engage intelligently with one another – in character, of course!
5. Fresh Connections
We tend to stick to our comfort zones at work. That usually means talking to the same old people on a day-to-day basis. A murder mystery dinner will give your colleagues a great reason to break out of their comfort zones and talk to people outside of their circles. You might even be surprised by the new connections that form as a result…
Now that you’ve gotten to the end of these 5 awesome reasons to host a murder mystery dinner, are you convinced? Either way, a murder mystery dinner is great way to remind everyone that they are more than just their jobs. Now isn’t that a great Christmas gift?