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03 Dec 2012 01:43 PM   |   4971 clicks   |   Wall Street Journal
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naughtyrev    [TotalFark]  
90% of supervisors also plan on hitting on the intern in marketing.

03 Dec 2012 10:18 AM
basemetal    [TotalFark]  
So, 95% of workers are ungrateful , entitled and lazy? Way to slam the workers of America, subbs.

03 Dec 2012 10:24 AM
kid_icarus     
100% of me never goes to the Xmas party. I hate seeing coworkers in a social setting.

03 Dec 2012 10:24 AM
Generation_D    [TotalFark]  
there's cake in the break room.

but everyones already over at the bar across the street.

03 Dec 2012 10:29 AM
whistleridge    [TotalFark]  
In fairness to my employer, we always have a holiday party, at noon, and then everyone leaves early afterwards. And it's not like we do much beforehand either. So it's celebrating the holidays with our co-workers AND getting time off in one. And we get paid for it.

Also, depending on when Christmas falls, it always seems to be timed in such a way that it's effectively the last 'working' day before the holidays, and we get a day or two off to boot: Christmas is on a Tuesday this year, and our party is on a Thursday. No one will be in that Friday or Monday unless they really want to be, so it's a nice little bonus.

03 Dec 2012 10:30 AM
delsydsoftware    [TotalFark]  
If office holiday parties didn't seem like they were organized by unemployed guidance counselors or kindergarten teachers, we might enjoy them more. Our office went with option C recently, which is the option where you spend no money on employees at all and wonder why they start leaving in droves.

03 Dec 2012 10:33 AM
vartian    [TotalFark]  

basemetal: So, 95% of workers are ungrateful , entitled and lazy? Way to slam the workers of America, subbs.


Holiday parties cost a lot less than bonuses, and bosses know that. The last newspaper I worked at would just find the bar or restaurant that owed them the most at the end of the year and swap out a deal. It was always a great party, but it was certainly the cheap way out.

03 Dec 2012 10:34 AM
Generation_D    [TotalFark]  

delsydsoftware: If office holiday parties didn't seem like they were organized by unemployed guidance counselors or kindergarten teachers, we might enjoy them more. Our office went with option C recently, which is the option where you spend no money on employees at all and wonder why they start leaving in droves.


If your office has former rave/party organizers among its technical or HR staff, it can work out pretty well. Rented halls, buffets, a live band maybe or else a DJ, and lots of booze. So that gets it up to the level of a wedding reception.

03 Dec 2012 10:43 AM
God Is My Co-Pirate     
We have the shiattiest office parties ever. Like, legendarily bad. We pay for our own food, there's no alcohol, and we're expected to be back at our desks by 2:00 p.m. Nothing like watching stone-cold-sober civil servants do the macarena at lunch time. One year we had a magician going table-to-table doing tricks with elastic bands. He kept trying to guess which card we'd chosen, and failing. After four wrong attempts we just asked him to go. Then the fat girl in HR sings carols.

Another year, we had to make nativity scenes out of the food and centrepieces on our table. I carved a baby Jesus out of a butter pat and hollowed out a bread roll for his manger. Again, sober.

A friend of mine's office is doing an HR "fun training session" plus a potluck.

I swear to god, I don't know what I'd do without the scotch in my desk drawer.

03 Dec 2012 10:47 AM
The Stealth Hippopotamus    [TotalFark]  

vartian: Holiday parties cost a lot less than bonuses, and bosses know that. The last newspaper I worked at would just find the bar or restaurant that owed them the most at the end of the year and swap out a deal. It was always a great party, but it was certainly the cheap way out.


My wife's company always has a blow out. Great food, ok music and the company is large enough that everyone has a small group of people they actually like.

03 Dec 2012 10:48 AM
whistleridge    [TotalFark]  

Generation_D: delsydsoftware: If office holiday parties didn't seem like they were organized by unemployed guidance counselors or kindergarten teachers, we might enjoy them more. Our office went with option C recently, which is the option where you spend no money on employees at all and wonder why they start leaving in droves.

If your office has former rave/party organizers among its technical or HR staff, a budget it can work out pretty well. Rented halls, buffets, a live band maybe or else a DJ, and lots of booze. So that gets it up to the level of a wedding reception.


What you mentioned is nice, but I suspect in places like subby is thinking about, the problem isn't talent or willingness, but tight-fisted management.

03 Dec 2012 10:52 AM
Generation_D    [TotalFark]  

God Is My Co-Pirate: We have the shiattiest office parties ever. Like, legendarily bad. We pay for our own food, there's no alcohol, and we're expected to be back at our desks by 2:00 p.m. Nothing like watching stone-cold-sober civil servants do the macarena at lunch time. One year we had a magician going table-to-table doing tricks with elastic bands. He kept trying to guess which card we'd chosen, and failing. After four wrong attempts we just asked him to go. Then the fat girl in HR sings carols.

Another year, we had to make nativity scenes out of the food and centrepieces on our table. I carved a baby Jesus out of a butter pat and hollowed out a bread roll for his manger. Again, sober.

A friend of mine's office is doing an HR "fun training session" plus a potluck.

I swear to god, I don't know what I'd do without the scotch in my desk drawer.


Good lord, its like an episode of The Office, where everyone's like Toby.

03 Dec 2012 10:52 AM
Andromeda     
My department does a Christmas party that usually ends around 5am- potluck food and plenty of booze, usually is quite a good time.

The only part I dislike is people are invited to showcase a talent while at the party. This is super fun when it's a guy strumming along singalongs on his guitar, absolute murder when a senior professor is spending 40 minutes going through his piano composition.

03 Dec 2012 10:54 AM
kid_icarus     

God Is My Co-Pirate: We have the shiattiest office parties ever. Like, legendarily bad. We pay for our own food, there's no alcohol, and we're expected to be back at our desks by 2:00 p.m. Nothing like watching stone-cold-sober civil servants do the macarena at lunch time. One year we had a magician going table-to-table doing tricks with elastic bands. He kept trying to guess which card we'd chosen, and failing. After four wrong attempts we just asked him to go. Then the fat girl in HR sings carols.

Another year, we had to make nativity scenes out of the food and centrepieces on our table. I carved a baby Jesus out of a butter pat and hollowed out a bread roll for his manger. Again, sober.

A friend of mine's office is doing an HR "fun training session" plus a potluck.

I swear to god, I don't know what I'd do without the scotch in my desk drawer.


Your work place?
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03 Dec 2012 10:58 AM
Sybarite    [TotalFark]  
I'm in the 10%...hooray?

03 Dec 2012 10:59 AM
Generation_D    [TotalFark]  

whistleridge: Generation_D: delsydsoftware: If office holiday parties didn't seem like they were organized by unemployed guidance counselors or kindergarten teachers, we might enjoy them more. Our office went with option C recently, which is the option where you spend no money on employees at all and wonder why they start leaving in droves.

If your office has former rave/party organizers among its technical or HR staff, a budget it can work out pretty well. Rented halls, buffets, a live band maybe or else a DJ, and lots of booze. So that gets it up to the level of a wedding reception.

What you mentioned is nice, but I suspect in places like subby is thinking about, the problem isn't talent or willingness, but tight-fisted management.


Well, I'll go one more, what you must have in addition to budget is morale. If your employees hate the workplace and work is always stressed, no amount of treats at the year-end party is going to change anything. More like they'll just stuff their pockets and leave first chance they get.

I see inside of a few companies a year now, and I have seen the occasional decorated workspace. Its definitely a marker for employee morale how much participation is occurring and discernable fun is being had in the ramp up to halloween or the holidays.

03 Dec 2012 11:25 AM
exick    [TotalFark]  

Sybarite: I'm in the 10%...hooray?


I've been at the same job for a long time and there's never been a work-sponsored holiday party of any kind. The best we can do is have some of the secretaries around the buildings sent out invitations to bring a dish for a potluck. And if anyone even thought about bringing any alcohol to one, they'd be fired before they got in the building.

03 Dec 2012 11:25 AM
Mr. Coffee Nerves    [TotalFark]  
Perfect...just polished off the final packet from last year's Hot Cocoa Sampler Box this morning.

03 Dec 2012 11:43 AM
costermonger    [TotalFark]  
Ours is usually a great party. Rented out restaurant, good food, lots of booze, dj, cab vouchers for everybody to get home. The boss leaves at 10.

People have such a good time that occasionally an employee who left to work somewhere else still wants to come to our party.

/50-ish employees, 80% between 20-35

03 Dec 2012 12:03 PM
CapeFearCadaver    [TotalFark]  

kid_icarus: 100% of me never goes to the Xmas party. I hate seeing coworkers in a social setting.


I've been to a couple of them, they're just weird. Gave my NotRSVP today.

03 Dec 2012 12:11 PM
Hoban Washburne    [TotalFark]  
My office's "holiday party" consists of a free lunch at a restaurant and the rest of the day off. Alcohol isn't free, but you can buy it. I don't exactly look forward to it, but all in all I can't complain.

03 Dec 2012 12:16 PM
kid_icarus     

CapeFearCadaver: kid_icarus: 100% of me never goes to the Xmas party. I hate seeing coworkers in a social setting.

I've been to a couple of them, they're just weird. Gave my NotRSVP today.


You work here?

03 Dec 2012 12:29 PM
dahmers love zombie    [TotalFark]  

kid_icarus: 100% of me never goes to the Xmas party. I hate seeing coworkers in a social setting.


This X about eleventy billion. I have no idea how to interact with these people except in terms of the job. A lot of them are really touchy about some issues, and more than a couple of them I know keep little mental lists of "stuff" on other faculty members. I'd rather be seen as a bit of a standoffish kind of fellow than someone who is too forthcoming about their personal life.

This probably puts me on some kind of "spectrum" or other. I prefer to think of myself as simply antisocial.

03 Dec 2012 12:34 PM
Jubeebee     
Our company holiday is always on a Friday, at 6pm, at some restaurant in the middle of goddamn nowhere. There's free alcohol, but anyone above grunt level always seems to want to direct the conversation back toward work things. I went the first two years I was here, but never again.

The only good thing about it is people start leaving at 3 to take care of kids etc before heading over. So at least I get to go home early.

03 Dec 2012 12:38 PM
Endive Wombat    [TotalFark]  
The holiday party my employer threw last year was massively over the top. ~45 people in the company, only 50 in total (including SO's) showed up. They could have cut $800-$1000 bonus checks to us and it would have cost less than this party. Such a waste.

03 Dec 2012 12:52 PM
azmoviez    [TotalFark]  
I really hate mine. I get to see co-workers all day, every day, for 240+ days per year. The last thing I want to do is have them invade more of my time. If it was a choice between holiday party and nothing, I choose nothing. But you are obligated to go.

03 Dec 2012 01:08 PM
queezyweezel    [TotalFark]  
Yeah, ours it on a Friday at 4:30-6:30pm. How about no.

03 Dec 2012 01:11 PM
L.D. Ablo    [TotalFark]  
I worked at a place where they had dreadful holiday parties. The big bosses would give speeches about business. They'd ramble for 20-30 minutes on boring stuff and you could not leave.

I'd load up on cocktails before the speeches began and would have three or four drinks on table. I'd get a good buzz that would take me through.

During a meeting one year, they announced that there would be no raises. People were not happy. The idiot witch HR manager blustered that "well, we have a nice holiday party."

I responded, 'I can't make a car payment with a holiday party.' She hated me even more after that.

03 Dec 2012 01:29 PM
CapeFearCadaver    [TotalFark]  

kid_icarus: CapeFearCadaver: kid_icarus: 100% of me never goes to the Xmas party. I hate seeing coworkers in a social setting.

I've been to a couple of them, they're just weird. Gave my NotRSVP today.

You work here?


Looking over your shoulder right now.

03 Dec 2012 01:34 PM
Nightsweat     
Yeah, but cash or time off don't let you play "is this the career-ending drink?" roulette.

03 Dec 2012 01:46 PM
sodomizer     
There are no office parties.

There are office public appearances.

Parties are what happen when you're not so worried about appearances.

I say cut all the team-building crap and focus on what makes employees happy: more money, and fire the incompetents, so the people who aren't idiots can get their work done and go home early.

03 Dec 2012 01:47 PM
doczoidberg     
My company doesn't do shiat for Christmas.

And for that I am very grateful.

I hate Chritsmas parties...especially those which are work-organized.

03 Dec 2012 01:48 PM
dj_spanmaster    [TotalFark]  
After lunch: the Trust Fall!

\ unlike the Thrust Fall

03 Dec 2012 01:49 PM
ahchoo     

God Is My Co-Pirate: We have the shiattiest office parties ever. Like, legendarily bad. We pay for our own food, there's no alcohol, and we're expected to be back at our desks by 2:00 p.m. Nothing like watching stone-cold-sober civil servants do the macarena at lunch time. One year we had a magician going table-to-table doing tricks with elastic bands. He kept trying to guess which card we'd chosen, and failing. After four wrong attempts we just asked him to go. Then the fat girl in HR sings carols.

Another year, we had to make nativity scenes out of the food and centrepieces on our table. I carved a baby Jesus out of a butter pat and hollowed out a bread roll for his manger. Again, sober.

A friend of mine's office is doing an HR "fun training session" plus a potluck.

I swear to god, I don't know what I'd do without the scotch in my desk drawer.


I am so, so sorry. That's just...wow. That's effin horrible.

03 Dec 2012 01:49 PM
oldfarthenry    [TotalFark]  
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03 Dec 2012 01:49 PM
Raider_dad     
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/hot like a sampler box.

03 Dec 2012 01:49 PM
H31N0US     
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Your typical office Christmas party these days.

/hot

03 Dec 2012 01:50 PM
China White Tea     
I've maintained for years that if the company really wanted me at the Xmas party, it would be on a Friday and start no later than 2pm (it's always on a Thursday evening).

03 Dec 2012 01:51 PM
monoski     

doczoidberg: My company doesn't do shiat for Christmas.

And for that I am very grateful.

I hate Chritsmas parties...especially those which are work-organized.


Our firm is having it at a cooking school where first there is a cooking class then a dinner. You would want to slit your wrist with one the kitchen knives.

03 Dec 2012 01:51 PM
wraithmare     
Our holiday party this year includes salsa dancing lessons. It's being held at work and the flyers point out in bold that spouses are *not* invited (same as last year). I'm not sure there will be enough alcohol on hand to even make me consider dancing with co-workers. Mad Men, we ain't.

03 Dec 2012 01:51 PM
Vegan Meat Popsicle     

basemetal: So, 95% of workers are ungrateful , entitled and lazy?


In related news, wanting to simply be compensated for your work based on the time you spend doing that work instead of forced to engage in banal conversation with people you don't really like just because of the date on the calendar makes you "ungrateful, entitled and lazy".

Now that you're ass manager, do you no longer have to wear the pirate outfit?

03 Dec 2012 01:52 PM
Smeggy Smurf     
They buy us lunch at a decent steakhouse and we go back to the office for quick white elephant gift exchange, putz around a bit and go home early. We also get our usual Christmas bonus of around $500 at the same time. It's not much but we're happy to have jobs. The architecture field is a shadow of itself these days.

/still not participating in the Fartbongo recession

03 Dec 2012 01:52 PM
EVERYBODY PANIC     
A party for the end of the world 12-21-12 Mayan Calender theme sound way more fun than the usual holiday party. Too bad it's a one-time event (non-event) as it's cost prohibitive to create single-use costumes. But there's always the fallback possibilities of booze and chicks, so my party trumps yours. Ho ho ho!

03 Dec 2012 01:53 PM
TrainingWheelsNeeded     

whistleridge: In fairness to my employer, we always have a holiday party, at noon, and then everyone leaves early afterwards. And it's not like we do much beforehand either. So it's celebrating the holidays with our co-workers AND getting time off in one. And we get paid for it.

Also, depending on when Christmas falls, it always seems to be timed in such a way that it's effectively the last 'working' day before the holidays, and we get a day or two off to boot: Christmas is on a Tuesday this year, and our party is on a Thursday. No one will be in that Friday or Monday unless they really want to be, so it's a nice little bonus.


you must work for the State. ;)

03 Dec 2012 01:53 PM
Egoy3k     
Our holiday party is over lunch and since I plan to go back to work afterwards I don't get to drink. I'm a department head in a manufacturing plant with unionized employees. If I made anybody unhappy in the past few months (which is impossible NOT to do unless I stay home from work) I can expect them to file a grievance about me being at work with alcohol in me.

03 Dec 2012 01:54 PM
meat0918     
I'm always surprised when my work gets us anything, but if they do give us anything this year, I hope it's just cash.

Last year was a camo cap, with the ladies getting pink camo. The ladies were less than pleased...

03 Dec 2012 01:54 PM
diaphoresis     

basemetal: So, 95% of workers are ungrateful , entitled and lazy? Way to slam the workers of America, subbs.


soapbox
Well, let's face it... they are. They have no appreciation for the job they have, the training, time and effort the company puts into employees, and could care less about anyone other than themselves.

This debate is far more convoluted that just this, but let's face it: most (over 50%) of workers don't like their job, their boss, the company, or any combination thereof. I don't think all business owners are ethical, honest, or are beyond reproach either.

It is up to each employee to decide for themselves if they could be better off somewhere else, then go or stay. If the business treats its customers and employees like crap, leaving the company and going somewhere else is the ultimate revenge.
/soapbox

/I actually helped close down a business
//Took me about a year
///I lol'd for a week

03 Dec 2012 01:54 PM
rka     
My wife's company has a fairly good party. It's either at a nice hotel downtown, so you get a room, bring a few bottles of wine, pre-party to your heart's content and don't worry about getting trashed. Or, the last few years they've rented out the club level area at the Bronco's football stadium. Decent food, nice bar. Tours of the stadium going on. The person who plans the whole thing is the CEO's executive assistant and my wife and I hang out with her and her husband socially so drink tickets are never an issue. We spend some time there and then a few of us take off for downtown, continue to have a good time and then use the company provided cab vouchers to get home.

All in all, not a bad way to spend the night.

03 Dec 2012 01:55 PM
doczoidberg     

monoski: hool where first there is a cooking class then a dinner. You would want to slit your wrist with one the kitchen knives.


They make you take part in a cooking class???

Fark it. I would just not show up. If they fired me, I could just apply for unemployment, and say that...well...I got canned for not going to the company Christmas party!

Like they'd deny someone with such a silly claim.

03 Dec 2012 01:55 PM
My Bologna Has A Maiden Name     
All I want for Christmas is a job.

03 Dec 2012 01:55 PM
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