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Are you planning to blow off the company holiday party?

Ah, it's November. This means the company holiday party is right around the corner! And just so you know, your manager expects you to show up.

We all know the drill. The date is set, the venue is lined up, and the boss says she "hopes" to see you at the party. No pressure, just show up if you can make it, and bring a potluck item!

Don't fall for it, because a new survey from staffing firm OfficeTeam reveals that your manager might just expect ALL employees to show up, no excuses, with hamburger tater tot casserole in hand, ready to par-tay!

The Unwritten Rule of Office Parties
Just when you were beginning to work on your short list of excuses, OfficeTeam finds that vast majority of 2,800 senior managers surveyed (93%) said their company will be hosting a holiday party or activity in the coming eight weeks. Slightly more than four in ten companies (41%) are planning to spend more on holiday parties this year, too.

But here's the catch: Exactly two-thirds (66%) of managers indicated that there is an "unwritten rule" that employees "should" attend the company holiday party. As in, this party is not optional, folks. Do not blow this off. This party cost a lot of money and if your manager has to be there, then so do you. You have a two in three chance of having a manager who thinks this way, too.

Yes, I know. You had big plans to get home from work after an exhausting week, kick off your shoes, put on your comfy pants and binge watch Netflix, but no. You'd better plan on dancing the night away, awkwardly.


Of course, most employees already feel significant pressure to attend the company holiday party. Employees worry how it will look if they don't show up. Will the boss notice, or care, if they are not there? Well, now we know.


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