Save the Office Holiday Party

January 8th, 2019 by hrsimple

The primary barrier to a holiday office party is:

  1. booze
  2. dietary restrictions
  3. White Elephant gift exchange
  4. deciding who to invite: vendors/significant others/kids/pets/foreign exchange students/HR (which is why we usually plan the party) 
  5. #MeToo
  6. the boss insists on showing up
  7. money
  8. too busy
  9. Instagram
  10. karaoke


For tools, tips, techniques, a quiz and some TV to help you ease your mind (or perhaps measure yourself against the experts), see below from our authors.

Does #MeToo mean the end of the workplace holiday party? – Constangy

6 easy ways to keep your workplace holiday party -- without a lawsuit – Constangy

Recommendations to Make the Corporate Holiday Party Fun, Festive, and Harassment-Free – FordHarrison

Tips to ensure alcohol doesn't ruin your company holiday party – Gunster

1 Million Views for All the Wrong Reasons: How to Keep Your Office Holiday Party From Going Viral – Ogletree Deakins

Holiday Survival Quiz – Schwabe

3 Lessons On Holiday Parties From ‘The Office’ –Troutman Sanders

From Mistletoe to #MeToo: Office Party Tips and Trends for 2018 – Littler

Regret-Free Office Holiday Parties – Fisher Phillips

And more at last year's Office Holiday Party blog post: Holiday parties - acknowledge, avoid, assume (nothing).


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