There was a discussion on LinkedIn recently about attending or not attending the yearly holiday office party. These days it seems to be a badge of honor to skip it. Or, you go, but you dread it. Here’s the thing though. Holiday parties are important – especially if you’re an employer.
Whether you work for a large company or a small one, getting together to celebrate the season helps boost morale and teamwork. We have a holiday party every year that happens during work hours. The team gets a break during the day and we hang out, eat food, and pass out gifts. In addition to the “Secret Santa” gift exchange we did this year, my wife Marilyn and I bought two individual gifts for each employee.
Marilyn spent many hours shopping over the past 6 months and employees made food or dessert to contribute to the food provided by the company. I personally love getting together with my team – who are like family to me. But if you’re not convinced, here are some benefits to hosting/attending the holiday office party:
- It’s an ideal opportunity to get to know people from other parts of your organization, or build stronger relationships with coworkers.
- It’s the last chance for a relaxing time before tax season (because 2018 just might be nuts!)
- It’s a team event so you’re kind of expected to attend. You know, as a team player.
- It can be an opportunity to network and be noticed by senior executives.
- It’s a thank you to employees for their hard work during the year.
- Non-attendance, without a valid excuse, may hold you in a bad light or be misinterpreted.
It’s only a couple of hours and you may actually end up having fun! I know our employees look forward to the holiday party each year. In fact, several employees commented how much they appreciated the gifts and being part of our team.
Happy Holidays everyone!