WSJ: This Year’s Office Holiday Party Is Downsized; Goodbye, hotel ballrooms and DJs. Hello, office potlucks and budget cuts.
Published December 18, 2023
Last year, companies pulled out the stops and partied in December. This year’s holiday parties are more likely to involve Santa cookies in the breakroom.November poll of more than 200 companies found 64% were planning gatherings this year, up from 57% in 2022, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the outplacement firm that conducts the annual survey. The revelry appears more measured, however. Companies polled said they were cutting back on catering and alcohol, and favored their own premises rather than costly event space. There are those who are simply not in the mood this year. Add the employees with little patience for after-hours schmoozing, and it is enough to make employers switch gears. Nearly 60% of companies said they would host holiday gatherings during the traditional workday, up from less than half last year, Challenger, Gray & Christmas said.… One recent survey of employers shows a surge in workplace holiday merriment, albeit with scaled back budgets. A
From Challenger’s 2023 Holiday Party Report
Challenger’s Year-End Survey Covered Holiday Bonuses
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