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Re: Companies Christmas parties

My OH is having his 4th 'employees only' X-mas party of the week now... haven't really spoken to him since Sunday

My company on the other hand, does not organize anything at all. Our receptionist has a 20-cm christmas tree on her desk, and that is as christmassy as it gets in our office....
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Old 16.12.2011, 07:58
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About "I was actually quite schocked when I was called into my boss office the following week of missing a company Apéro"

Happened to me a couple of times in various companies; my response was I would like to discuss this together with you and the appropriate HR person so I am clear on the rules.
Funny it went quite quiet after that.
It's even more fun when it's the sole HR harpy that's going around the apero noting who is there and who isn't....
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Old 16.12.2011, 08:30
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Nil, multinational companies based in the US generally invite spouses to holiday (and other) functions throughout the year.
Obviously is there a cultural difference between the US and Europe. In the US, prostitution is illegal...

German insurance firm organised sex party for salesmen

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My OH is having his 4th 'employees only' X-mas party of the week now...
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Re: Companies Christmas parties

Whatever the cultural differences are between Switzerland and other parts of the world in regards to work Xmas parties are not really a concern of mine.

I would much rather go to a boring & pretentious work xmas party than go to my in-laws !!! . Now that's going to be tough next week .
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I would much rather go to a boring & pretentious work xmas party than go to my in-laws !!! . Now that's going to be tough next week .
I'll toast to that!
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Old 16.12.2011, 09:41
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Obviously is there a cultural difference between the US and Europe. In the US, prostitution is illegal...
It is NOT illegal everywhere in the US.

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Old 16.12.2011, 10:16
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It is NOT illegal everywhere in the US.

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Yes, Nevada... But: "Honey, I'll fly to Vegas for the Christmas dinner" doesn't sound legit, does it?
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Old 16.12.2011, 10:53
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It's even more fun when it's the sole HR harpy that's going around the apero noting who is there and who isn't....
Then it is time to find another company "work/life balance"
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Re: Companies Christmas parties

Congratulations Nil!!

It is a bummer here that spouses are not invited to the company`s dinner. I worked at a hospital in the USA and spouses were invited. Also, you are not "obligated" to go at all. No one will frown upon you. I really miss that. In Switzerland, we are obligated to go to social outings, which usually is a snooze fest. At my hospital`s dinner party, some people would drink too much and get too loud and talk too damn much. I agree with the person who said it is uncomfortable to mix work-related anything and alcohol together. But what I find most uncomfortable here is the lack of a choice.
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Old 16.12.2011, 11:47
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Re: Companies Christmas parties

I'm also told that photocopying your arse is frowned upon here at Xmas parties!
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Re: Companies Christmas parties

Husbee still sick in bed after drinking til 1am at their company´s Christmas party. Im kinda pissed off.
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Husbee still sick in bed after drinking til 1am at their company´s Christmas party. Im kinda pissed off.
Clearly an amateur.
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Old 16.12.2011, 16:07
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Re: Companies Christmas parties

It's not so easy to organize a company Christmas party!

FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director

TO: All Employees
DATE: October 01, 2011

RE: Christmas Party

I'm happy to inform you that the company Christmas Party will take place on December 23, starting at noon in the private function room at the Grill House. There will be a cash bar and plenty of drinks! We'll have a small band playing traditional carols...feel free to sing along. And don't be surprised if our CEO shows up as Santa Claus! A Christmas tree will be lit at 1:00 PM . Exchange of gifts among employees can be done at that time; however, no gift should be over $10.00 to make the giving of gifts easy for everyone's pockets. This gathering is only for employees! Our CEO will make a special announcement at that time!

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Patty
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FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees
DATE: October 02, 2011

RE: Holiday Party

In no way was yesterday's memo intended to exclude our Jewish employees.
We recognize that Chanukah is an important holiday, which often coincides with Christmas, though unfortunately not this year. However, from now on we're calling it our 'Holiday Party.' The same policy applies to any other employees who are not Christians or those still celebrating Reconciliation Day.

There will be no Christmas tree. No Christmas carols sung. We will have other types of music. Happy now?

Happy Holidays to you and your family.

Patty

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FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director

TO: All Employees
DATE: October 03, 2011

RE: Holiday Party

Regarding the note I received from a member of Alcoholics Anonymous requesting a non- drinking table .... you didn't sign your name. I'm happy to accommodate this request, but if I put a sign on a table that reads, 'AA Only'; you wouldn't be anonymous anymore. How am I supposed to handle this?
Somebody?
Forget about the gifts exchange, no gifts exchange are allowed since the union members feel that $10.00 is too much money and executives believe $10.00 is a little chintzy. NO GIFTS EXCHANGE WILL BE ALLOWED.

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FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
DATE: October 4, 2011
To: All Employees

RE: Holiday Party

What a diverse group we are! I had no idea that December 20 begins the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which forbids eating and drinking during daylight hours. There goes the party! Seriously, we can appreciate how a luncheon at this time of year does not accommodate our Muslim employees' beliefs.
Perhaps the Grill House can hold off on serving your meal until the end of the party-or else package everything for you to take it home in little foil doggy baggy. Will that work?

Meanwhile, I've arranged for members of Weight Watchers to sit farthest from the dessert buffet and pregnant women will get the table closest to the rest-rooms. Gays are allowed to sit with each other. Lesbians do not have to sit with Gay men, each will have their own table. Yes, there will be flower arrangement for the Gay men's table. To the person asking permission to cross dress, no cross-dressing allowed though.

We will have booster seats for short people. Low-fat food will be available for those on a diet. We cannot control the salt used in the food we suggest for those people with high blood pressure to taste first. There will be fresh fruits as dessert for Diabetics, the restaurant cannot supply 'No Sugar' desserts. Sorry!

Did I miss anything?!?!?

Patty

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FROM: Patty Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All F*** Employees
DATE: October 05, 2011

RE: The F****Holiday Party

Vegetarian pricks, I've had it with you people!!! We're going to keep this party at the Grill House whether you like it or not, so you can sit quietly at the table furthest from the 'grill of death,' as you so quaintly put it, and you'll get your salad bar, including organic tomatoes. But you know, tomatoes have feelings, too. They scream when you slice them. I've heard them scream. I'm hearing them scream right NOW! I hope you all have a rotten holiday!

Drive drunk and die,

The B*** from HELL!!!!!!!!

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FROM: Joan Bishop, Acting Human Resources Director

DATE: October 06, 2011

RE: Patty Lewis and Holiday Party

I'm sure I speak for all of us in wishing Patty Lewis a speedy recovery and I'll continue to forward your cards to her. In the meantime, management has decided to cancel our Holiday Party and give everyone the afternoon of the
23RD off with full pay.


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Old 16.12.2011, 16:16
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Re: Companies Christmas parties

Your location reads Spain, so a company's Christmas dinner without family should be customary there as it is in other Spanish speaking countries.
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I can kind of relate... our team admin. suggested we have our team luncheon at a local brasserie ... special of the house ( and practically only dish ) .. roasted chicken.

As for our vegetarian colleague... " oh he can have the salad and chips "

( we wound up going out for Indian )
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MGD,

It looks like the Canadian government when it comes to reasonable accommodation regarding foreign culture.

Lol
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Re: Companies Christmas parties

In Mexico my former employers invited spouses too.

here my department invites, spouses kids and dogs if necessary. Cats only after approved lolcatification.
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Then it is time to find another company "work/life balance"
She finally left at the end of November. I think she couldn't handle the casual attire and the lack of respect.
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Re: Companies Christmas parties

The Xmas parties where I work is a lot more team building than just hanging out together. Since we work in somewhat emergency situation and every day starts with the "to the trenches" climate, dinners, hikes and Aperos are just for us to share some normalcy..Spouses are not invited, not for rude reasons, but more to give a huge team to be a little more cohesive. Plus, cash. These things are a lot more expensive than anywhere in the world I worked.

The best Xmas work party I had (and organized, in fact) as in a fab restaurant, and then I dragged the entire gang into a dingy and large club and I threw a gig for them, hahahaha...I miss my boss. My family came, too, friends. We rocked out, people went deaf.
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Clearly an amateur.

Well ja, its just his 4th christmas party here. Needs 18 hrs to recover.
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