Tips on how to survive Melbourne Cup Day in the office

If only we could enjoy a public holiday and watch the race that stops the nation track side like our friends in Melbourne do.

It’s not as easy as that for us in Perth (unless you have an amazing boss who decides to book a team building day at Flemington – hint hint nudge nudge) so here’s a few tips to survive Melbourne Cup in the office and make it a memorable one…

– Get the low down from the Boss:

  • How long can you and your colleagues take off during the Melbourne Cup?
  • Will people be expected to go back to work after the race?
  • What is the allocated budget for the event?

– Why not invite the office to get dressed up for the day? If you set a dress code or a theme, make it easy for everyone to participate and optional for those who may not be keen on dressing up. You don’t need to go the full hog with frocks, fascinators and bow ties (it would be fun though!). Try Melbourne Cup race stripes, a fun equestrian theme, all white or cocktail attire.

– If dressing up isn’t an option because you need to remain in your professional attire for customers, how about offering a prize to the best hat or fascinator on show? The bigger, the brighter, the crazier, the better! Select a panel of judges to decide on who wins your office’s Fashion on the Field.

– If you don’t have a massive work load and your boss is being generous with taking time off to celebrate the event, prepare games and competitions to keep your colleagues entertained and to help get in the spirit of the day such as pub-style Melbourne Cup Trivia or a desk decorating competition.

– What’s an office Melbourne Cup without a sweepstake? Allocate someone to run a variety of sweeps – $10, $5 and $2. Remember not everyone gambles and for some people, the Melbourne Cup race is their only bet for the year so you may need to explain how a sweepstake works. Punters provides a “how to guide” and are offering a free printable PDF.

– There are lunch options for all budgets. Pre-order now if you want to arrange catering so you don’t miss out. Subway and Chicken Treat cater for large groups and will make lunch easy and affordable. The best lunches are often the ones where everyone brings a plate of finger food to share! Don’t forget about those colleagues who are celiac or riddled with food allergies. Otherwise they will drink all the champagne and will not be able to function for the rest of the day.

– No one has a spare telly that they can bring in to the office for the day? There’s a huge variety of venues around Perth broadcasting the race. Book one of our Ezy-Vans or Ezy-Buses to transport the work crew there and back.

– What is Melbourne Cup without bubbles? But don’t forget to offer alternatives, such as beer, wine, orange juice to mix with champagne, soft drinks and plenty of water. And don’t forget you will need glasses! If fridge space is lacking, arrange ice and tubs to keep drinks chilled.

– To create excitement in the office and to keep staff informed of how the day will run, send them fun emails in the lead up to the day. Also remind everyone to activate their out-of-office alert on and divert any calls for the duration of the party.

– Be fun and be responsible – Alcohol in the workplace can be a fun, bonding experience. But as always, know your limits and bear in mind what your workplace policies are.  Keep it classy and stay collected if you need to go back to work at full capacity afterwards.

– Play it safe and book an Ezy-Car home from work. Ezy-Car offers multiple stops too so there is no problem with picking up or dropping off more than one work colleague along the way. Just let us know at the time of booking how many stops there will be and how many people will be travelling with you.

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