Many execs expect employees to attend holiday party

Nearly one-half provide off-site parties: Survey
||Last Updated: 11/17/2011

More than one-half (54 per cent) of executives whose companies host holiday parties said there's no unwritten rule requiring employees to attend. But that doesn't mean staff should miss out on the merriment — 41 per cent of respondents indicated making an appearance is expected, according to an OfficeTeam survey of more than 300 senior managers at Canadian companies. 

"Although many executives take a casual approach to holiday festivities and aren't concerned about attendance, some managers pay attention to who shows up," said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "Office parties come in a variety of forms, but nearly all offer the opportunity to get to know colleagues and executives on a more personal level, which can make work a little more pleasant and productive year-round."

Managers also were asked, "In which of the following ways does your company typically celebrate the holidays?" Their responses: 
•off-site party (48 per cent)
•on-site party/luncheon (36 per cent)
•office decorations (31 per cent)
•informal gift exchange (18 per cent).

However, seven per cent said they did not host holiday celebrations.

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