Some of the best content we’ve put on this site in mid-December of years past has been about office holiday parties, especially Adrienne’s posts about behaving around others and not getting sloppy drunk.
Of course, things are different this year. Thanks, Rona.
But do you actually, really, truly miss hanging out face to face at your firm’s holiday party with the co-workers you like? And eating a decent meal and having dranks on the firm’s dime? And acting a fool on the dance floor? OR, do you not miss the uncomfortableness of being cornered by that one partner who has had too many drinks and having to make small talk with him or her? Or the awkwardness of having to be around a group of people who you see enough during the day and don’t really wanna mingle with in the wild? Or pretending to have fun while your social anxiety is raging?
Maybe some of you who work at smaller accounting firms have attended or will attend an office holiday party, while wearing a mask and social distancing. But these in-person gatherings are few and far between.
According to a survey of nearly 200 HR representatives by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, only 23% of companies are planning year-end celebrations this year, and 74% of those events will be held virtually.
But an office holiday party on Zoom or Google Hangouts or whatever brings its own special set of annoyances, like bad network connections, frozen screens, and people constantly talking over themselves. And really, who wants to go to another virtual happy hour?
So are you really that heartbroken about no in-person office party this year? Did a virtual holiday party do anything for you? If your firm had one already, any funny anecdotes or horror stories you’d be willing to share?
Or did your firm have one and you didn’t go (forced firm fun!)? Would you rather have gotten a small gift from management or—gasp!—a little extra money in your paycheck from whatever was budgeted for a party?
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