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(CBS News)   Fewer companies have been holding office parties this year, possibly because of #MeToo liability fears, or possibly because nobody likes to go to them. One of those. Anyhow guess which one the article blames   ( cbsnews.com) divider line
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2018-11-08 03:16:29 PM  
Some times they can get pretty wild.

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2018-11-08 03:23:19 PM  
At my last job, our boss threw us a big holiday party on a supper club boat in Baltimore.  Nice dinner, open
bar, it was a very nice time.  Oddly, as much as he talked it up he didn't bother to show up, but we didn't
think anything of it.

It turned out that he'd been told the contract we worked on was ending, and decided to tell us at 3:00 on
the following Friday.  He didn't show up to the party because he'd gotten drunk because he couldn't face
us.

I've gotten another job since, but in all the years I've been here (going onto 20), I can count on one hand
the number of holiday parties I've gone to here, since I'm usually taking vacation in December.
 
2018-11-08 03:37:05 PM  
Ours are just getting lamer and more inconvenient since we got purchased and the new parent company got stingier.  Barely worth going.
 
2018-11-08 03:39:57 PM  
Interesting that companies would choose to offer less fun during the holidays for their employees instead of choosing to hire men who don't sexually harass their female coworkers.
 
2018-11-08 03:40:25 PM  
In my experience, work Christmas parties have dried up completely and 100% because our corporate overlords are cheap motherfarkers who don't want to spent a dime unless they absolutely have to. And even then.
 
2018-11-08 03:44:49 PM  
Mediocre dinner. Well booze. Same as my normal Friday nights, but with my boss watching. No thank you.
 
2018-11-08 03:49:39 PM  
Ours has now morphed into a Saturday brunch. A real shame I'll be out of town for that.
 
2018-11-08 03:52:19 PM  
Back in the day, 90's early 2000's big office parties were all the rage. Now? I'm lucky to find a free bagel in the break room.
 
2018-11-08 03:52:47 PM  
This year? This trend has been going on for a while, mainly I guess because the rank and file ask too many questions, such as "couldn't those people who just got laid off kept their jobs for what it cost to bring in the Black Eyes Peas?"
 
2018-11-08 03:53:17 PM  
well I have hooked up multiple times at office christmas parties...
 
2018-11-08 03:53:56 PM  
No one complains about sexual abuse at the parties held by the self employed.
 
2018-11-08 03:54:15 PM  
We have a quiet breakfast and gift exchange off-site.

/I promised not to give marijuana edibles again
 
2018-11-08 03:54:27 PM  
My work makes us do stuff in order to hang out and drink at the holiday party. Like assemble bikes for lazy poor kids or play games to build team spirit.  Just let me swim in this drink and bugger off; 40 hours is all you get.
 
2018-11-08 03:54:46 PM  
I don't want to "party" with people I work with.
 
2018-11-08 03:55:01 PM  
Are they just proving they are too stupid to NOT assault a women or...
 
2018-11-08 03:55:03 PM  

steklo: Back in the day, 90's early 2000's big office parties were all the rage. Now? I'm lucky to find a free bagel in the break room.


No kidding.
The beltway bandit I worked for in the 90s threw an epic Christmas party.  Either the best hotel ballroom available or the National Building Museum.  Shrimp that flowed for hours.  Big band.  At least half of us came in black tie.
 
2018-11-08 03:55:09 PM  

UninformedButEnthusiastic: Mediocre dinner. Well booze. Same as my normal Friday nights, but with my boss watching. No thank you.


You sound InformedThusUnenthusiastic.
 
2018-11-08 03:55:26 PM  
Well, I for one am looking forward to the annual office holiday orgy this year.

/fidellio
 
2018-11-08 03:55:50 PM  
Subby thinks that bosses just suddenly realized that no one likes office holiday parties all of a sudden?

Of course it's #MeToo. It's a realization that an event that blurs the lines between office behavior and bar behavior could be a bad idea.
 
2018-11-08 03:55:54 PM  
We have a nice one here at work in the office during work hours and we get to take the day off.  Good food and they offer booze.  I refuse to drink it though, not so much because of #metoo but I know I will start telling people off and that would be bad for my career.
 
2018-11-08 03:56:01 PM  
As my grandmother used to say...

M-O-N-E-Y

/And apparently others upthread have said it too
 
2018-11-08 03:57:13 PM  

skyotter: We have a quiet breakfast and gift exchange off-site.

/I promised not to give marijuana edibles again


And I farking hate yankee whatever it is.  Hi!  I bought this based on a story you told me months ago or some other part of what I know about you.  Thought you'd appreciate it.  Oh, you're trading it away.  You're welcome.
 
2018-11-08 03:57:28 PM  
Never been to a company party where I didn't sexually harass the sh*t out of someone TBH
 
2018-11-08 03:57:43 PM  

wildcardjack: No one complains about sexual abuse at the parties held by the self employed.


Not true. Last year I fractured my penis.
 
2018-11-08 03:57:55 PM  

KiwDaWabbit: Never been to a company party where I didn't sexually harass the sh*t out of someone TBH


Oops, wrong alt.
 
2018-11-08 03:58:08 PM  
We used to have one 10 years ago, but turnout was never that great and most people just preferred bigger bonuses instead so it was scrapped.  I approved.
 
2018-11-08 03:58:27 PM  
Our office parties are lame and inconvenient so I don't go. I'd rather they cancel it and send everyone a check for they money they would have spent.
 
2018-11-08 03:58:53 PM  
The last place I worked at that had a big rager of a holiday party got more and more nervous about insurance liability issues. Specifically, drinking and driving.
 
2018-11-08 03:59:14 PM  
1. it costs money
2. a lot of people don't want to go
3. see #1 and how that impacts morale when you also say you can't increase wages or approve travel or a new printer.

What super sucks is when they try to make it mandatory and don't do it at or near work and not during business hours.  Look motherfarker if I have to go pick up the kids from school and you're dragging my ass accross town and I won't get out until 10pm and will need to get a babysitter then you had damn well better make it optional and not question me once about why I choose not to go.
 
2018-11-08 03:59:31 PM  
I th8nk it's DUIs more than #MeToo.

At every new job I've started in the last 15 or so years, I've asked 'Is there a Christmas party?' and been told some variation of 'Oh man.  It used to be awesome, but then Darryl decided to drive home and wrapped himself around a telephone pole, so we don't have them anymore'.

Thanks for ruining it for all of us, Darryl.
 
2018-11-08 03:59:31 PM  
The after party was always more fun for me anyway.
 
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2018-11-08 03:59:59 PM  

Diogenes: Ours are just getting lamer and more inconvenient since we got purchased and the new parent company got stingier.  Barely worth going.


That's what happened to my wife's old company's holiday party. They were pretty lavish, people actually wore black-tie, a ballroom at a swanky hotel was booked and some people would stay in the hotel so they wouldn't have to drive home after getting loaded. Then they started going down-market, western themes, bad, mass-cooked gristly meat... We stopped bothering to go and apparently a lot of the rest of company did the same.
 
2018-11-08 04:00:09 PM  
Office parties are still a thing at my work, but a little less frequent and extravagant than a few years ago, for sure. Put aside #metoo, there's more sensitivity in general to various workplace liability issues which are only made more likely when you throw alcohol into the mix.

"Team nights" are more the rage now; keep things at smaller numbers, with the coworkers you're probably more comfortable around anyways, and they're offsite and everyone just pays for their own shiat.
 
2018-11-08 04:01:19 PM  
Ladies and gentlemen, the office skank....

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2018-11-08 04:01:23 PM  
During the first lunch my current team had together under our new Mgr, he, completely out of left field (in March, no less), blurted out "I'm not getting you guys Christmas presents, so don't get me presents. I hate that shiat. It's awkward." Then went right back to what we'd been talking about before. He just really wanted to get that out there. He reminded us last week that he wasn't kidding.

Heh. I'm actually going to email him this afternoon to see if we're having a holiday party just to Fark with him. We all work remotely.
 
2018-11-08 04:01:26 PM  
I got drunk and misbehaved at the last office party I went to, shame I didn't work there.
 
2018-11-08 04:01:43 PM  
I spent years working the overnight weekend wraparound shift, so the christmas party was always when I was working.

I did go to a few over the years, but it seemed a complete waste of my time.  Turns out I'm just not that interested in sitting around watching my coworkers get so drunk they go vomit or pass out in the parking lot.  And when new ownership took over and there was no more open bar, it became sitting around listening to coworkers complaining about the lack of open bar.

I don't enjoy drinking, my coworkers are not my friends, my bosses are assholes, why on earth would I want to go to an office christmas party?

\My new employer disallows company holiday parties, apparently for fear of offending someone by including / excluding a particular holiday
\\We do have team luncheon things
\\\One coworker got fired over last years Secret Santa thing.
 
2018-11-08 04:02:16 PM  
Thread full o lamers.

ANY party I go to is an instant farking smash hit. That includes rescue parties, wakes, and pity parties.
 
2018-11-08 04:03:15 PM  

Bslim: I don't want to "party" with people I work with.


Translation: "Too cool for school."
 
2018-11-08 04:03:55 PM  
It's not men's fault that they can't keep their dicks in their pants. If women don't want to be sexually harassed and assaulted, they shouldn't have breasts and stuff.
 
2018-11-08 04:04:55 PM  

Who Flipped The Crazy Switch On The Matrix: wildcardjack: No one complains about sexual abuse at the parties held by the self employed.

Not true. Last year I fractured my penis.


That cantaloupe 🍈 must have been underaged, you.... dammit, I don't know the Greek for melon, but you get the Chris Hanson treatment. For banging an under ripe melon.
 
2018-11-08 04:05:09 PM  
A company I used to work at had a summer bbq and a holiday party until 2001 and the recession and 9/11 happened. Summer bbq was cancelled and holiday party was a step above Costco platter "until things turn around"  Things turned around and the next Xmas party was a Costco platter.

/I hope the shareholders get gout
 
2018-11-08 04:05:21 PM  

PlaidJaguar: I spent years working the overnight weekend wraparound shift, so the christmas party was always when I was working.

I did go to a few over the years, but it seemed a complete waste of my time.  Turns out I'm just not that interested in sitting around watching my coworkers get so drunk they go vomit or pass out in the parking lot.  And when new ownership took over and there was no more open bar, it became sitting around listening to coworkers complaining about the lack of open bar.

I don't enjoy drinking, my coworkers are not my friends, my bosses are assholes, why on earth would I want to go to an office christmas party?

\My new employer disallows company holiday parties, apparently for fear of offending someone by including / excluding a particular holiday
\\We do have team luncheon things
\\\One coworker got fired over last years Secret Santa thing.


How the hell does someone lose their job over secret santa?
 
2018-11-08 04:05:28 PM  
#dnrtfa
 
2018-11-08 04:05:46 PM  

Deece: I th8nk it's DUIs more than #MeToo.

At every new job I've started in the last 15 or so years, I've asked 'Is there a Christmas party?' and been told some variation of 'Oh man.  It used to be awesome, but then Darryl decided to drive home and wrapped himself around a telephone pole, so we don't have them anymore'.

Thanks for ruining it for all of us, Darryl.


even when I worked for companies in NYC, the holiday parties for us included car service home.
 
2018-11-08 04:06:27 PM  

Who Flipped The Crazy Switch On The Matrix: wildcardjack: No one complains about sexual abuse at the parties held by the self employed.

Not true. Last year I fractured my penis.


Were you "daggerin"? That's this dance that has been known to cause fractured penises.
 
2018-11-08 04:06:29 PM  

SirEattonHogg: Bslim: I don't want to "party" with people I work with.

Translation: "Too cool for school."


For me, I couldn't stand 8 hours with those people I worked with.  There's no way. No way.
 
2018-11-08 04:06:43 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: well I have hooked up multiple times at office christmas parties...


I only did once but she was from another office in a different state so when it was over she went back to and I never saw or heard from her again. Worked out perfectly.
 
2018-11-08 04:06:46 PM  
There was the year that the OCD VP was put in charge. We had a preplanned seating arrangement so that we wouldn't be near someone we might have conflict with. Each table had a table monitor who was in charge of the conversation and had a printed list of topics.

Since then they have been nice but boring. I never bring my jacket into the party and at some point I excuse myself to use the restroom and just keep right on going home. They just have the feel of a high school play of a corporation. Everyone wants to be seen as talking about important stuff because the owners are around.
 
2018-11-08 04:06:49 PM  
The company I now work for, before it was bought, took all willing employees and spouses on an all-expenses three day weekend in Bruges.

My first company would usually book a moderate-to-nice restaurant for a traditional dinner per-department on a Friday afternoon, which featured the Christmas raffle, which was at least dorky enough to be funny. (Think a selection of prizes from top-shelf liquor to unwanted can of Spam and everything in between). The real gift was carte blanche to bunk off work and get riggity riggity wrecked in the afternoon. The after-parties were something else.
 
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