It seems right after Halloween begins the planning for up and coming Holiday parties for both work and our private lives. While I’m not directly involved with the planning of our office party, I am familiar with the amount of work involved, not to mention the expense.
The holidays in general can either be a source of frustration, depression or of glad tidings. However, I believe one thing is true, no matter what religion you subscribe to, is that the holidays ease us into the dreary months of winter, even if you happen to live in San Diego!
My observation of some office workers these days is that they seem to prefer to stay at their desks, glued to their computers and not socialize, whether or not they are rushing to meet a hot deadline. Being a sensitive and sometimes moody person myself, I am the first to understand that there are times you don’t feel like commiserating with your fellow coworkers due to a slue of possibilities, most of which I’ll bet we have all encountered at one time or another being human. However, if the same people stay to themselves for every occasion, they may be one of two things: 1) very shy, or 2) dismiss this kind of camaraderie with coworkers as being unproductive or even counter-productive.
In my personal view, I believe that holidays and other work celebrations throughout the year are great for morale boosting. These celebrations give us a sense of belonging; improve working relationships, and maybe a better reason to get up in the morning.
Kudos to all the folks who volunteer their time and energy organizing holiday parties, office luncheons, summer picnics, wedding and baby celebrations and whatever else in-between. You are the people who make coming to work worthwhile!
What do you think?
Office parties and celebrations are a thing of the past and should not be held.
Office parties are good for morale and a benefit to the working environment.