Holiday Parties Are A Symbol Of Company Health, Boosting Office Morale Reports Bizbash And Seamless

Survey Reveals That

New York, NY—December 6, 2012—BizBash, the leading trade media for the event industry, and Seamless, the most trusted and comprehensive source for local restaurant information and online ordering, have published the results of the “Holiday Parties and Office Morale” survey. The survey of more than 1,500 event planners and administrative professionals reveals the importance of holiday parties for office morale and the negative impacts of canceling a company holiday event on the perception of company health.

“It is interesting to see how important holiday parties are not only to office morale, but also to the perception of the company’s financial well-being. This survey showed definitive results that management should consistently invest in holiday events to boost office morale,” said BizBash C.E.O. and founder David Adler.

“Social activities in the workplace, from team lunches to water-cooler gatherings, can be key to corporate culture, and holiday parties are no exception. Whether it’s an office lunch or a catered affair at a private event space, holiday parties are well worth the financial investment, allowing a personal connection between employees and a time for people to celebrate the previous year’s successes,” said Karen Miller, vice president of People at Seamless.

The impact of a company’s holiday party on employee morale was definitive in the survey’s results:
  • Nine out of 10 survey participants said they would be disappointed if their holiday festivities were cancelled.
  • Seven out of 10 participants reported that a holiday party is important to office morale.
  • Nine out of 10 participants said that the holiday party is important to team dynamic.
Numerous participants shared stories of how they felt disappointment and often concern about corporate health when a holiday event was canceled. One planner explained, “When the holiday party was canceled, it was one more thing in a series of morale-shattering events. By the time spring rolled around, I felt like a deflated balloon walking in the door every day.” Another explained, “Employees got the wrong impression that the company was not performing well and jobs were at risk.” A respondent with similar sentiments said, “It was super depressing. … It seemed to express a doomsday sentiment that the company was about to fail.”

Holiday parties have a positive effect on workplace dynamic with seven out of 10 participants saying that office parties result in better office culture and better interdepartmental relationships. The planning of holiday events is most frequently handled by the “hidden planner“—the executive assistant of the human resources associate. Seven out of 10 companies spend just 20 hours or less planning these holiday events with the majority of planning beginning in November.

Out of the companies surveyed, 47 percent have company-wide holiday parties, while 19 percent have divisional parties. Only 14 percent of the companies surveyed do not have holiday parties. The standard office holiday parties consist of full dinners or finger foods, and seven out of 10 companies provide either an open bar or beer and wine only.

ABOUT BIZBASH
Founded in 2000, BizBash is the most trusted brand in the event industry and the only one that takes event and meeting style seriously. BizBash showcases the latest ideas and strategies, provides essential tools and resources, and fosters a community for professionals across our magazines, Web sites, e-newsletters, trade shows, and social media presence.

In addition to reporting on industry news, trends, and innovation, BizBash provides online tools including a comprehensive, searchable directory of more than 38,000 vendors, a job board, and BizBash Masterplanner, a subscription-based calendar of upcoming events.

ABOUT SEAMLESS
Seamless is the most trusted and comprehensive source for local restaurant information and online ordering. The company has made finding and ordering food from local restaurants fun and easy for more than two million members and many of the world's largest companies. Through seamless.com, menupages.com, and mobile applications for iPad(R), iPhone(R), Android (TM), and BlackBerry (R), the company offers access to more than 45,000 menus, 280,000 user-generated ratings and reviews, and exclusive discounts from restaurants in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Houston, Austin, Seattle, Portland, Miami, London, and other U.S. cities. Seamless facilitated more than $400 million in food orders from its 11,000+ partner restaurants in 2011. Seamless is an independent, privately held company.





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