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Staff Christmas Parties: Love Them Or Hate Them?  
User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2208 times:

Which one are you? Do you love the works party or do you make any excuse not to go?



 Wink

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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2206 times:

I attend all parties hosted by my employer.

I will take all free food and drink as that will be, in all likelihood, my only holiday perk.

Signed,

Disgruntled



I am so smart, i am so smart... S-M-R-T... i mean S-M-A-R-T
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2197 times:

My staff Christmas party might be a bit dull, what with there only being two of us.  Wink


She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineVSLover From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1897 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2195 times:

in the past i have loved them because i was working for such large firms that i would have a group of co-workers were generally single, my age group, hot and total alcoholics. so we had a great time at the holiday parties that were seriously top-notch, no expense spared events. we would have a great time at the party, then have a car take us around to different clubs because the cars were provided to us by the firm that night.

so yes, i always made it a point to go. where i am currently though, i dont know if i really feel like going--i am in a smaller office, everyone is MARRIED and i would be in the minority....but it will definitely be another top notch elegant affair--plus i have heard some comments lately about how i dont go to the office parties...so i probably have to go to this one!


User currently offlineUAcosCS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2189 times:

Hate them! A United Airlines Christmas party is a lame excuse for a party.
In such a politically correct world we live in, they aren't that much fun.


User currently offlineMKEdude From South Korea, joined May 2005, 1011 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2188 times:

Getting drunk on somebody else's dime...I'm in!


"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline." Frank Zappa
User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2175 times:

At my last company, where I was for three years, they catered a very nice lunch for us (about 45 in the office) and then they also had wine and beer. The only bad part was that each dept. had to do some sort of holiday skit, which was the idea of the CEO. After that, we could leave early.

This year, I'm at a new company, and we're having our party off site, at a cool bar in Seattle called Jillians. I imagine they'll have good grub and a lot of free drinks. The place has dartboards, pool tables, etc. I'm looking forward to it. And...no stupid skits to do, either..


User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2175 times:

Considering that my coworkers are on the other side of the country, no, I won't be going this year! At my prior job, we had some good Christmas parties. Two years ago, when we were being shut down, the company who had bought us gave us a "morale budget". I think we spent it all on booze for the party.  Smile It was a great drinkfest. A couple of my coworkers and I ended up in the photocopier room trying to photocopy our bosoms. It didn't work very well but it was great fun.  Smile


But that was when I ruled the world
User currently offlineTFSPhoto From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2158 times:

No Parties for me.. I went to one in 1999 and thats the last one i ever did.. i've always been under the thumb with the girlfriend(s) after that! And im not complaining yet!

Might try the network rail party this year as there's a few people i'd like to beat the living sh*t out of!

Lew


User currently offlineAlcregular From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2156 times:

Well, for the first time ever, I'm not attending our Christmas party. I don't even know why I go to be honest. A couple of years ago, I won a new CD midi system, so I couldn't grumble about it. I'm not in the area for this year's party anyway, I'm off to Southampton to have a little party of my own with my boyfriend (can't wait to see you, Justin xx)

I'm organising a little team Christmas party (the main one if for the company) so we will be off to an Italian restaurant then go and get absolutely hammered.

[Edited 2005-11-23 21:33:49]

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39717 posts, RR: 75
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2156 times:

I love them!
I especially love to crash other company's Christmas parties.

Remember that trip I took to Cuba several years ago?
Well I had won a $1,000.00 gift certificate from the travel agency my company does business with at our company's Christmas party.
Well that pretty much took care of the SFO-CUN leg of the trip.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 45
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2153 times:

We have a staff gathering every year in the last week before Christmas.
I hate it and I love it.

I hated it a lot more when we all were supposed to make holiday centerpieces. Nobody ever followed the directions and some people didn't even bother doing it. One year I made the Incredible Flammable Centerpiece where everything was standing straight up out of the water foam and within close proximity to any candle flame. You know what? The "art critics" thought it was great. Unfortunately, the guy who used to give instructions was given the heave-ho from our school when certain offices were downsized. He was a very nice person, but never got any respect.

Every year, I hate that certain departments (including my own) tend to sit together and talk with their most familiar colleagues. Since this is the only time of the year when all of the school's staff gets together, and the Library staff is often considered "aloof," "condescending" and "out of touch" with the rest of the administration, I see this as the ONE opportunity each year when we can do our best to clear up the misconceptions. After nine years, I'm starting to wonder if it's a misconception at all. I intentionally sit somewhere different every year. Sure, there are certain people with whom I'd like to spend more time, but I want to use the chance I have to meet and greet with other people who I'd never see otherwise.

So what do I love about it? The dinner is usually held in the early afternoon, in the student lounge, and doesn't include any alcohol (unless it's part of a recipe.) It also includes vegetarian and vegan selections. The food is great. There are always new people to meet. I learn a little about life outside the Library. ... and it's the one time of the year that I get to fire a hard question at the school President, to his face, and he has to answer.


redngold

[Edited 2005-11-23 21:33:14]

[Edited 2005-11-23 21:36:36]


Up, up and away!
User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2148 times:

Well, working for a small organisation it works to my advantage.

Basically our Operations Director (Who works in the same office as us, keeps his hand in, but he owns the company) takes us guys in our department out for a big meal and lots of drinks, as a benefit in kind.

Usually we end up drinking about 2 bottles of wine each, couple bottles of Moet, and then as many pints as you could imagine. Last year I was ill big time afterwards, but thats a sign of a good night out!

There is also a seperate company party arranged by a few members of staff. I've paid my deposit to go to that one, but I'm pulling out 'cus I can't be "bovvered".  Wink

Cheers,
Justin Big grin


User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2140 times:

Quoting Alcregular (Reply 9):
I'm off to Southampton to have a little party of my own

Sounds interesting! GOOOOOO JUSTIN! Big grin


User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2131 times:

Never been to a staff one before, but this year I have two - the 'official' dressed up, Saturday night party, and the unofficial finish early, go to pub. Both are paid for by my employer Big grin. Result!


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User currently offlineNighthawk From UK - Scotland, joined Sep 2001, 5128 posts, RR: 34
Reply 15, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2122 times:

ive only ever been to one xmas party! The last two jobs ive had have involved working in a bar, and we never got an xmas party, stingy bosses  Sad

I was supposed to be going to bradford for a curry for the work party, with 5 out of the 8 folk going being the same age as me, so it was going to be a laugh. But i just moved companies a few weeks ago. One of the guys in my department owns a hotel, so we are having the xmas party there. Now theres 20+ folk going, but their all a lot older. Might still be a laugh though!



That'll teach you
User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2121 times:

Quoting TFSPhoto (Reply 8):
Might try the network rail party this year

Do they come round with a buffet trolley and offer you cold sausage rolls?  Big grin


User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2113 times:

Quoting Alcregular (Reply 9):
I'm not in the area for this year's party anyway, I'm off to Southampton to have a little party of my own with my boyfriend (can't wait to see you, Justin xx)

And party we shall, darling!  Wink Can't wait to see you again either!

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 13):
Sounds interesting! GOOOOOO JUSTIN!

 faint   bitelip 

Cheers,
Justin  Wink


User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2103 times:

I remember going to a posh hotel once for a xmas party and there was one table with a bunch of people who were the loudest, most drunk group we had ever seen! I later found out it was the local Police staff party! Big grin

User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13518 posts, RR: 62
Reply 19, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2085 times:
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User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2082 times:

Out xmas party got cancelled lol. No one wanted to go.

But a few mates have bunged together to go out into manchester had have a great party of our own. Great food, drink and good company Smile


User currently offlineSFOMEX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2066 times:

Ah, I have ahead of me at least three holidays parties, being the first one next Thursday. The last one is the official, hosted by the school. Lots of wine, liquor and good food.

Gotta love them!


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13042 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2049 times:

I have been working for law firms in NY City for over 27 years and usually attend the 'Holiday' Party. I haven't attended sometimes due to conflicts with other activities or not in the mood to be with my co-workers. For law firms, often it is an opportunity for contacts for or a test of beheavor of young associates or next summers associates or fall's 1st year associates.
Sometimes what you see happen there can be good extortion material  eyepopping , like when someone overdoes the drinking and gets stupid, gets really crazy on the dance floor or pairs off/gets hot with some one else. It is always good for a laugh when some old fart partner stiffly dances  biggrin  Our firm cannot go back to one place because a mailroom guy and a secretary was caught getting it on in a back room at the party site.
Free food and booze in moderation is always good, so I look at the party as it should be, a form of thank you for your work.  cool  Of course, while one can get themselves in trouble at them, but better is to use them to develop contacts for assignments, talk to your peers you don't often see, or talk to that hottie you have been dying to meet.


User currently offlineTFSPhoto From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2021 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 16):
Do they come round with a buffet trolley and offer you cold sausage rolls?

You dont get that service on passenger trains do you? Ive never seen one! *shocked face*

Lew


User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 24, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2017 times:

I was about to go to mine when I learnt that it was for employees only with no guests allowed.

I am thus so not going now (but will sell the drink coupons though).

UTA  checkeredflag 



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25 Post contains images HAWK21M : If its in the Hangar & the Foods good I'll go. regds MEL
26 VSLover : ha, and here i thought our parties were a chance for the partners to be totally inappropriate and politically incorrect--even moreso than a normal da
27 Post contains images OYRJA : I love Christmas parties. Especially traditional danish christmas parties Thats like the highlight of the year
28 Post contains images FlyAUA : In principle, I make many excuses and go through all the trouble to avoid them. If you wanna know why, see the Xmas Grinch thread. But after reading
29 Post contains images Nighthawk : I wonder if the party will start on time or be delayed a few hours due to "signal failure" ? Or will it be cancelled due to "wrong type of snow" ??
30 Aerorobnz : Yeah I'll go, there's nothing funnier than watching other people getting absolutely bladdered, and then mouthing off about their bosses to their bosse
31 Post contains images FlyAUA : Ahaaaa so that's what my colleague was on about. I thought he was only joking about it. This will be my first company xmas party... sounds like it's
32 BCAL : Hate them - I keep my business and social lives separate, so you would never find me at a staff Christmas Party unless, of course, my employer decided
33 Post contains images Chris78cpr : I love a good staff xmas party, im an unemployed student but generally just look out for a group of 25-35 somethings all arsing about when im out and
34 Post contains images Matt27 : FREE BOOZE!!!!!
35 Post contains images BA757 : Christmas partys were fantastic, at least the ones I used to have with Argos back at home. You can get up to allsorts and get away with it - as you ca
36 Post contains images ClassicLover : Never missed one... my first one ever was a doozy. Ended up in the spa at the bosses place with another work colleague. Being the office junior, my w
37 Post contains images DrP : I'm missing my xmas party this year due to work, but it's a black tie and ball-gown event, which I never find as funny as a "normal" party anyway. Say
38 Halls120 : Our office hasn't had a "holiday" ( we can't say the dreaded word Christmas) party since 2003 - thanks to the blockheaded management that took over in
39 Lucky727 : Well, the CBC has great Xmas parties - usually two in the same day : the first one from 4 to 6 for the daytime employees, the second from 10 to midnig
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