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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

We're ready for holiday parties


As much as employees like to complain, we love holiday parties. The economy may be slowing but we still want to party. And our bosses are obliging. Party providers believe that, so far at least, merriment is eclipsing the economic negatives this holiday season.
The good news is that more businesses plan to hold holiday parties this year. About 90 percent plan to do so, compared with 79 percent last year, said Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. in its annual party survey. Nearly 40 percent of those companies even plan to boost their party budgets.
‘‘Companies may be throwing caution to the wind in anticipation of a slowdown in 2008," said the company's chief executive, John A. Challenger.
But some event planners say more companies are turning to in-house parties. I kind of like in-house parties in-house -- those potluck meals that get you talking to a co-worker you may have only grunted at in the past. This year, The Herald turned its potluck holiday lunch into a Top Chef contest (should be fun!) I think most employees are okay with a casual thanks-for-a-good-job-this-year kind of get together, rather than a formal shindig -- as long as they are made to feel appreciated. Do you agree?

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