Question: Would you accept it if your company decided to forgo a year-end party and instead hold a volunteer event?
My wife’s company decided that instead of hosting or having catered a holiday party, which can easily cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, even if hosted at someone’s home, they would volunteer at a local charity and follow with a pizza party.
Scenario Condition: First, we are both blessed to be employed and know that to even have recognition of any sort is above and beyond what is required of our employer. However, I want you to think more about the traditions of the common workplace rather than the fact the we should just be glad to have a job.
Back to the scenario. The charity is one dealing with used home products, and I love volunteering when it involves throwing heavy stuff around. For example, our charity group just volunteered for 9 hours in selling Christmas trees at our church. I got the chance to unload hundreds of trees from a tractor-trailer, throw 10′ tall trees around and use a chainsaw. So honestly, I didn’t mind the volunteering part. I can also say I don’t care whether it’s a pizza party or a meal at a 5-star resort, free is free, right?
But my wife works at a doctor’s office with many highly-paid doctors, nurses, etc. They put in tons of time at the office helping save lives and do a lot of work on the side for free. Was replacing a party with a few hours hauling washers and windows fair? I can tell you that there were many grumbles from the office, but I can’t say whether they were from doctors or receptionists (although I know who showed up and who didn’t).
This isn’t about my opinion (although you can probably guess it), nor Stacie’s, but yours. How would you feel? I would bet many of your companies have downsized their holiday parties this year, and you might not even have a party at all, so what are your thoughts?