Thanksgiving Office Party – Employee Engagement Idea!!!

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Bizarre Bazzar

For my new blog entry I am happy to share with you a wonderful experience that I was a part of – The Thanksgiving Employee engagement program in my Husband’s Office. The ‘8th Annual Bizarre Bazaar 2011’ organised by Archon Group in Dallas, Texas was a memorable and nice experience for me.

As a theme for the event and party, employees or their family members could put up a booth to sell their artistic creations, or any other items which shows their own identity. The event was conducted in a big conference hall with about 20 booths. The booth owners had to register their booth name and were provided with a table 8 feet wide on which they could arrange items to display and sell. The interesting part was the lucky draw organized in the end which attracted shoppers to the venue. Each booth owner had to contribute one item for the lucky draw winners.

People good at artwork brought items like handmade jewelry, custom made Christmas cards, Acrylic painting, photography, decorated wicker Christmas trees and decorative expressions for home. People good at baking were there with delicious homemade breads & cupcakes which inspired me to try baking at home and there were few with canned jalapeno jellies, jams & hot sauces.

I was there with my Acrylic and Oil paintings, Handmade Clay sculptures and you know what…. to attract the sales I tried making a few handmade jewelry items as well. And it went well too. People liked and bought my jewelry.

Throughout the event I interacted with the employees located next to my booth. They are my husband’s colleagues and we were actually helping each other out. Knowing that I am new to their office, a wonderful lady at next booth was introducing me and my art work to other colleagues of hers and it helped me earn close to $200 at the end of the day. We got the opportunity to interact with other employee’s family members too. This was my first opportunity to exhibit my art work to others and this was made possible due to the great support and help of the wonderful people who organized this event.

We all took advantage of this wonderful opportunity to do some holiday shopping and all the items were really original and genuine.

My heartfelt THANKS to the HR department of Archon group for having me in this program and to the colleagues of my husband who helped me throughout the event. By being a part of it event, I felt like I was a part of Archon Group and I look forward to the next year Bizarre Bazaar.

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8 Responses to Thanksgiving Office Party – Employee Engagement Idea!!!

  1. Anonymous says:

    What a great idea to have employees to showcase other interests/hobbies to their company fostering a stronger team bond at work.

  2. Nisha Raghavan says:

    Yes, employees can present their skills & interest outside of work. It was a wonderful occasion for the employees with their families and kids in office. There was a young daughter of an employee who was selling her wonderful handmade earrings. Some others were giving free samples of their cupcakes and pickles to the visitors. Others were selling scented candles, handmade wooden crosses, tamales, Car charms, Knitted scarves and purses. Everyone was having fun by sharing their stories with what they have and all booth owners were giving out one or the other item freely to the shoppers to just have fun and everybody was helping each other out.
    Companies will be successful in getting their employees more engaged by doing these kinds of program.

  3. Andrea Ballard says:

    I love this idea! We did something similar at a law firm I worked for. It's such a great way to see the creative talents of our co-workers we may never otherwise see.

  4. Lisa says:

    Great idea. Be great to talk with you if you are up for that. Just a thought but it would be great. Info@ffmtp.com

    Lisa

  5. Krista Ogburn Francis says:

    Hi, I'm just stopping by to say hi! I like the energy of your blog–upbeat and positive!!

  6. Nisha Raghavan says:

    Hi Andrea, Lisa & Krista,
    Thank you.

  7. Emile Bons says:

    Sounds like a good idea. Consider measuring employee engagement to get an in-depth feeling of the topics that do well or do less.

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