Every year around this time in workplaces across the globe, the Ghost of Christmas Parties Past comes clanking down the hallway, dragging in its wake a chain of dread for employers and employees alike—drunken exploits, gag gifts gone wrong, ill-advised sexual overtures and the ever-present threat of bad dancing.
And you can expect even more of it in 2012.
Better economy = more parties. After several years of restrained revelry, employers are looking to party harder. More than 83% of employers are planning year-end holiday parties this year, up from 68% in 2011, according to an annual survey by workplace consulting firm Challenger, Gray & (appropriately) Christmas. (The percentage of party-hosters still runs behind pre-recession 2007 levels, when about 90% of companies put on holiday parties.)
“For many companies, 2012 probably feels like the first time in a while that there is reason to celebrate,” says Rick Cobb, executive ...(register to read more)