Do workers hate the holiday party?

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Considerable time, effort and budget usually go into the work Christmas event, but is it wasted on your employees? Only half (55%) of workers said they enjoyed the company holiday party.

That’s 45% of scrooges at work who told surveyors from OfficeTeam that they didn’t enjoy it. More than three-quarters (77%) of senior managers said their employer was holding a holiday celebration this year.

"Involving employees in the planning process is a great way to generate enthusiasm for an event," said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "Year-end get-togethers that celebrate the team's successes can build camaraderie and help start the New Year on a positive note."

OfficeTeam offered these tips for hosting a holiday party that's enjoyable for everyone:

  • Find out what's on employees’ wish lists: Invite employees to suggest a theme or location for the event. Also, encourage workers to help organize and promote the celebration.
  • Eat, drink and be merry: Casual events can be fun and relaxing for employees, and are easy to plan. Schedule a potluck, offer an in-house catered meal or get together for lunch at an informal restaurant.
  • Have a jolly time: Encourage interaction among staff with a white elephant gift exchange or office holiday decoration contest. Alternatively, organize a group activity like bowling or miniature golf to provide employees with an opportunity to mingle outside of work.
  • Embrace the spirit of giving: Hold a holiday donation drive as part of your festivities, or gather a team to volunteer at a local non-profit organization.
  • Spread good cheer: Reserve a few minutes during the event to thank employees for their hard work throughout the year.


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