NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Here’s a bit of holiday cheer: There’s a good chance your office’s Christmas party is in the works.
According to a new survey from consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, nearly 70% of companies still plan to hold holiday parties in the coming weeks. The percentage is about the same as last year, but is still short of the percentage in pre-recession 2007, when about 90% of companies surveyed that year held holiday festivities.
Challenger says the most surprising finding of its annual survey was that about half of the surveyed companies planned on serving alcohol at their holiday extravaganza, citing that liquor contributes to overall costs and adds a level of risk that most companies should strive to avoid.
“For workers whose companies are holding parties this year, particularly those where alcohol is available, it is important to remember that there is a fine line between having fun and having too much fun,” John A. Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, said in a press release. “The economic recovery is still very fragile, so it is not the time to draw attention to oneself with embarrassing conduct at the holiday party.”
To keep things from getting too out of control, Challenger suggests that you avoid talking business, arrive early to give yourself an opportunity to talk to senior executives and that you do not overindulge in the free alcohol.
For more tips on how you can you keep your office parties safe but fun, check out this MainStreet roundup!
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