Office celebrations aren’t always a piece of cake
THERE is a classic episode of Seinfeld featuring Elaine as the lone voice of dissension against non-stop celebrations in the office.
Fed up with all the sugary cake and forced socializing, she even resorts to faking illness (“I had to take a sick day, I’m so sick of those people!”) But when she returns to work, her co-workers present her with a cake to celebrate her return to work. Yes, when it comes to office celebrations, you can run, but you can’t hide.
Actually, celebrating birthdays and other important milestones is an irrefutable part of corporate culture. It’s an easy and relatively inexpensive way to keep team morale high and to make your people feel cherished.
On the other hand, they use up a considerable amount of time and can create hurt feelings if an employee is forgotten, treated unfairly or wants to opt out of a peer party.
What’s a manager to do? Consider the following pros and cons: Celebration drawbacks
Workday disruption — Even when held at the end of the day, office celebrations bring work to a grinding halt.