Holiday party time

Number of corporations planning holiday parties on the rise
||Last Updated: 12/12/2006

Tales of liability and litigation, drunken workers driving and lewd employee behaviour have dampened corporate enthusiasm for holiday parties in the last decade, but according to a new survey out of the United States, holiday cheer may be back on the corporate agenda.

The study of 110 businesses by Battalia Winston International, a U.S. executive search firm, found that 94 per cent of businesses will be conducting some type of holiday celebration this year, a seven per cent increase from 2005. Of the events planned, 74 per cent will be in the evening and 86 per cent of companies will be serving alcohol, a 14 percent and 11 per cent boost from 2005, respectively.

“This year’s survey demonstrates once again that the holiday party remains an important tradition,” said Battalia Winston CEO Dale Winston.