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Study finds a third of workers say 'bah, humbug' to holiday parties
KEITH ARNOLD, Daily Reporter Staff Writer
The results of a timely study by OfficeTeam, a Robert Half company, may leave executives and business owners second guessing their respective upcoming holiday parties.
Under the headline "A good time was had by some," OfficeTeam found that overall, 36 percent of professionals describe holiday parties as entertaining, while a nearly equal percentage - 35 percent - give these events a thumbs down.
Victor Lipman wrote about the findings in Forbes that, roughly speaking, about one-third of employees like holiday parties, one-third are indifferent, and one-third don't like them at all.
"I have to agree - as a veteran of a long career's worth of holiday parties, that sounds about right to me," Lipman reported. "They can be fun, sure, but many employees in their heart of hearts see them as an annoying, time-consuming obligation in a season when time is at a premium."
Further, the study found that more than a quarter of respondents view their holiday parties as obligatory and aren't eagerly counting down the days until their company shindig. Nearly half of the professionals polled considered the work do optional.
But don't rip up that RSVP just yet, OfficeTeam District President Brandi Britton cautioned.
"A holiday party is a time to build camaraderie with coworkers and visibility with executives you may otherwise not typically have exposure to," she said. "Getting to know people on a more personal level can also make work more fun."
OfficeTeam offered tips for employees to navigate holiday parties, which include the obvious suggestions to limit drinking, mix and mingle and curb any shoptalk.
Additionally, the company advised against any Scrooge-like behavior.
"Though holiday time can be stressful for some, keep your discussions positive and upbeat," OfficeTeam wrote. "Avoid controversial topics such as politics and gossip."
OfficeTeam devised the survey of workers, which was conducted by an independent research firm. The survey includes responses from more than 2,700 workers, 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments in 27 major cities across the United States.
Other findings recorded that East Coast as the best hosts with New York City and Miami logging the most fun parties.
The only Ohio cities to show up in the polling - Cincinnati and Cleveland - ranked in the middle of the pack of the 10 least fun holiday parties. Neither city fared any better in a ranking of party expense.
Date Published: December 7, 2017