Ed tor’s Note

The HR Digest - - Editor’s Note -

We know that Christ­mas is a time for giv­ing, a time for re­ceiv­ing, it’s also a time for som­bre of­fices to roseate with boughs of holly – or mistle­toe, wreaths, trees and col­ored lights. A time for peo­ple to cel­e­brate the mil­len­nial tra­di­tion of wear­ing Ugly Christ­mas Sweaters as a dis­play of ca­ma­raderie with sar­donic co­work­ers, and most dis­turbingly, it’s a time for the un­avoid­able ‘of­fice Christ­mas party’ – an evening that many peo­ple see as a test of en­durance and strong will. Is it pos­si­ble to come out of a Christ­mas mixer rel­a­tively un­scathed? We doubt it.

Dur­ing the 1950s, of­fice Christ­mas party played a mon­u­men­tal role in climb­ing the cor­po­rate lad­der. Ca­reer coun­selors ad­vised am­bi­tious men and women that skip­ping a hol­i­day mixer was like end­ing your ca­reer: A boss spends thou­sands of dol­lars on food and drinks and you don’t show? You might as well moon him on a Mon­day morn­ing!

Today, the tra­di­tional of­fice Christ­mas party has be­come out­dated and im­ma­ture. The Mil­len­nial Gen­er­a­tion knows that what hap­pens at the party does not nec­es­sar­ily stay at the party. The tra­di­tion has evolved – it has also be­come com­mer­cial­ized; and of­fices now take a dif­fer­ent route. Take a note be­cause some of­fices have nailed the art of avert­ing the vast ma­jor­ity of heinous party crimes.

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