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No place for parties?

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SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Wednesday in our e-newsletter and feature analysis from Lance Haun, vice president of outreach for MeritBuilder, the main guy over at and a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board, on this blog.

Last week’s poll question: Has your company made any changes to the annual holiday party this year?

  • No, our holiday party has remained the same, 34%
  • Yes, our holiday party still lives on but has been cut back, 26%
  • Yes, our holiday party has been eliminated, 26%
  • We’ve never had a holiday party, 12%
  • Yes, and we’re spending more this year, 2%

“With a little over 50% saying that their holiday parties have been reduced or eliminated, I have to wonder what the value of these parties have been to companies. Many see little value outside of the morale boost it can provide, but company-sponsored holiday parties can be among the most affordable ways to express  appreciation on a per-employee basis. Still, I suspect that when the economy improves, many of these parties will not return to their full glory (if you can call it that).” –Lance Haun