(Closed) Holiday company parties

posted 7 years ago in Career
  • poll: Do you go to your work holiday party?
    Yes : (45 votes)
    64 %
    No : (13 votes)
    19 %
    Sometimes : (12 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
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    3613 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Yes, always! It’s the fun one thing that happens work related all year round, why miss it? 🙂 I like free food and drink, I like gift exchanges, and I like seeing people loosen up in a social setting.

    Post # 4
    Hostess
    18643 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    We have a ridiculous amount of things at my work.  We had something the week before Thanksgiving, a party next week, one for our department later, and I think an entire base-wide thing later in the month.  I don’t have that much money (you have to buy tickets or bring gifts or food to all of them)!

    Post # 5
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    2054 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I have gone to our christmas party 3 times out of of the 5…honestly it depends on where it is being held…and who is going…if not a lot of people I know/like to socialize with go…then I sit out. Fiance is out of town this year for both mine and his christmas parties…so we are not going to either this year.

    Post # 6
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    It’s a resounding heck no for me. It costs money and honestly. . .they pay me to come to work everyday so why would I pay to hang out with them. I never really feel I can relax and enjoy myself at these things. Plus, I don’t want to be a part of the “what were they thinking pictures?!?” that come out the next day.

    Post # 7
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    1641 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    The first holiday party at my work, I showed up about 20 minutes after most of the people (the department I worked in wasn’t allowed to leave early for the party like other departments did) and there were no chairs available. Kind of made it awkward for the few of us who didn’t quite know what to do with ourselves. I was also still pretty new to the agency, so I felt even more awkward.

    Last year the party was held on an evening I had class, so I couldn’t attend.

    This year there will be a holiday party for our department that I am going to and then one the following week for the entire agency. Right now I am feeling somewhat resentful that I’ll have to spend my next two Friday nights after work, hanging out with work people. (if anyone saw my previous post today, I am not super excited about some of my co-workers right now).

    I think for the second party I’ll just do a “pop in”.

    Post # 8
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    3613 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    OK, I’ve never had to pay for a holiday party. Maybe that would change how I feel about it. For us it’s either a company paid dinner, or if it’s a big party you only have to pay your SO if you bring them.

    Post # 9
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    1641 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I think there is a cap on what we are allowed to get and anything after that we have to pay for and no partners are allowed.

    Post # 11
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    5399 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would actually have to vote other because my company doesn’t have one and neither does my husband’s. 

    Post # 12
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    2344 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Ours takes place during work hours, so I don’t really have a choice! While on the one hand its nice to take time off from working during the day, I kind of think its lame we don’t do something outside of work. I always have a good time when I socialize with my co-workers. Also, what if you have a lot of work to do or are expecting a phone call, and are stressed about sitting around with hot chocolate when you really have things to do? If its outside of work none of those distractions are there. I guess so soon before the holidays things are wrapped up – but then honestly I’d rather GO HOME than be at the office, party or not!

    Post # 13
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    4150 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’m the one who organizes the events at work, so I’d better be there!! I love parties!  My organization’s Christmas party is always at our boss’ house because as a non-profit agency, we can’t afford to spend money on extra things like parties.  Everyone brings a potluck item, drinks and we have a great time!

    My FI’s Christmas party is always around 400 people and it’s a wonderful dinner at a nearby hotel.  They give out baskets and hockey tickets, plus we get free drinks, so it’s a nice mix to go to both kinds of parties!

    Post # 14
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    9056 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Ours is usually a potluck open house during the lunch hour, where the employees are expected to bring all the food and the big wigs invite people from other businesses in to eat it all.  It’s pretty lame. 

    Sometimes other employees will invite a handful of people over to their house, but nothing official is ever thrown.  I work for the government, so we’re not allowed to do anything on the company dime, because the taxpayers don’t want to see their money being spent on employee Christmas parties.

    Post # 15
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    651 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Ours is “free” (director puts all the costs on his credit card and expenses it later), so we all go and have a lot of fun.  Generally it consists of a White elephant gift exchange (under $20), leaving early, around 4pm, for a happy hour/dinner and then some kind of outing.  This year is a hockey game, last year was a concert.

    Post # 16
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    6015 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I’ve been working at my job for over 2years now, and some of the older people, the one’s who decide the restaurant we have the party at, the food to be served … STILL DO NOT KNOW MY NAME.  On top of that it will cost me about 25.00 to attend.  So I’m passing on the paying cash for the privilege of spending more time with people i don’t care for.  

    We, as there are about ten of us, that all got hired the same time and the older folks have made no effort to get to know our names, various techniques have been tried (name tags,etc.) are going to use that money and hold our own alcohol included after work dinner!!! 

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