Of­fice cel­e­bra­tions aren’t al­ways a piece of cake

Winnipeg Free Press - Section H - - FRONT PAGE - COLLEEN COATES

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.

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