Majority of firms holding holiday parties, but only one-half of workers enjoy them: Survey

Invite employees to participate in planning the event, keep it casual

Many workers are saying "Bah, humbug" to company holiday parties, according to a new OfficeTeam survey. Just one-half (55 per cent) of employees said they enjoy the company holiday party, while 45 per cent do not, found the survey of 452 workers.

More than three-quarters (77 per cent) of senior managers said their employer is holding a holiday celebration this year, found the poll of 342 managers.

"Involving employees in the planning process is a great way to generate enthusiasm for an event," said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "Year-end get-togethers that celebrate the team's successes can build camaraderie and help start the new year on a positive note."

OfficeTeam offers tips for hosting a holiday party that's enjoyable for everyone:

Find out what's on employees’ wish lists: Invite employees to suggest a theme or location for the event. Also, encourage workers to help organize and promote the celebration.

Eat, drink and be merry: Casual events can be fun and relaxing for employees, and are easy to plan. Schedule a potluck, offer an in-house catered meal or get together for lunch at an informal restaurant.

Have a jolly time: Encourage interaction among staff with a white elephant gift exchange or office holiday decoration contest. Alternatively, organize a group activity like bowling or miniature golf to provide employees with an opportunity to mingle outside of work.

Embrace the spirit of giving: Hold a holiday donation drive as part of your festivities, or gather a team to volunteer at a local non-profit organization.

Spread good cheer: Reserve a few minutes during the event to thank employees for their hard work throughout the year.

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