Do You Care If You Have A Holiday Party At Work?
Every year, we manage to have some kind of holiday party. For the most part it's just a simple little get together with some catering, and maybe a white elephant gift exchange. It's not a huge deal, but it's fun. But some of you don't get that kind of fun, and some more of you don't even care if you do.
A new survey by the Society for Human Resource Management found that only 65% of companies are planning to hold a holiday party this year. That's down from 72% in 2012 . . . and from the all-time high of 83% in 1998.
The main reason ISN'T financial, either . . . only 6% say they're not having a party for budget reasons. The main reason is . . . they found that their employees don't really WANT one.
Companies have found that when they cut the parties, people don't really seem to complain. They think it's because employees have a lot of stuff going on this time of year, so a mandatory, awkward party isn't really a priority.
What do you think . . . is this true? Do people not care about holiday parties at work anymore? Or are they just not comfortable speaking up for a fringe benefit their company has already taken away?