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  Reply # 1673386 18-Nov-2016 09:43
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What you fondly remember, I would regard as hell.

 

The classical folly of extrovert managers is to assume that everybody wants to "have a good time" in the same way that they do, which generally involves for the normal extrovert, getting hammered, woe betide if you are a teetotal introvert by nature.

 

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You seem to be making assumptions about how all work functions are. I don't fondly remember any of them for the attendees getting hammered as you describe it.

 

I know some people are introverts and don't enjoy the company of large groups of people, however the human race is by and large a species that is by nature a social animal and joining in together in groups is more the norm than not. Having a function to recognise the years efforts and celebrate an occasion like Christmas, I think has a lot of value.

 

 

 

 

I 100% agree with this. Our work events (small company) have typically consisted of either something like Laser Tag and a quiet restaurant afterward, or bowling and a BBQ at my place.


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  Reply # 1673413 18-Nov-2016 10:22
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The problem is that family friendly events are awkward for people without children who don't want to sit around sharing tips on changing nappies and cleaning up vomit, while piss-ups are awkward for family people who feel too mature for that sort of thing.

 

I personally hate workplace Christmas parties, but I try to make the effort to show my face and then leave as early as I can without appearing rude. 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1673422 18-Nov-2016 10:34
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The problem is that family friendly events are awkward for people without children who don't want to sit around sharing tips on changing nappies and cleaning up vomit, while piss-ups are awkward for family people who feel too mature for that sort of thing.

 

I personally hate workplace Christmas parties, but I try to make the effort to show my face and then leave as early as I can without appearing rude. 

 

 

My only experience of them here has been in government and they would not let us spend more than $20 a head so they were pretty much no different from the average morning tea to be honest.

 

Before moving here, in the UK, it was usually a lunch affair at a local pub or restaurant with paper hats and turkey etc, a few drinks and then back to the office before everyone sloped off home early. Of course, it was also mid winter which sort of changes the perspective, I think.

 

Back in the day when I had only been down from University for a year or two, we used to spend a couple of hours every Friday in the pub at lunchtime and often went out for an Indian etc but that began to die out around the Millennium for some reason and all of a sudden everyone got po-faced about drinking at work and socialising with your colleagues outside the office became less commonplace it seemed.

 

Since then, I have become virtually teetotal anyway so drinking events just bore me and being child-free I find child-centric events tedious as well, so like you I would show my face and slope off early!

 

Being self-employed however, I have no need to do any of it!






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The problem is that family friendly events are awkward for people without children who don't want to sit around sharing tips on changing nappies and cleaning up vomit, while piss-ups are awkward for family people who feel too mature for that sort of thing.

 

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One Big Corporate made a party in the Auckland Zoo few years ago. There were things for everyone to enjoy - for families with kids going wild, for wildly drinking lone individuals, but also for those who were just wondering around the Zoo and enjoying watching other kind of wild creatures...


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  Reply # 1673622 18-Nov-2016 14:44
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The most memorable party we had ages ago (big Telco) was held at State Historical Museum in Moscow at the Red square. Top Pop Stars were performing. We were kindly asked not to touch any artefacts inside, but that did not stop some boys from making photos while sitting on the Romanov's throne:

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_Historical_Museum

 

I can not remember much who were performing that day, but remember my peers at that throne and also some absolutely astonishing exibits Museum has over there...

 

Point is - party if held at a special place could be remembered for years ....

 

Not sure if allowed - but if the Party is held in Maritime Museum in Auckland or Kauri Museum ...


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  Reply # 1673624 18-Nov-2016 14:55
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........ Our work events (small company) have typically consisted of either something like Laser Tag ....

 

 

If you interested I know a huge fan / Laser Tag developer (he has built the gear, guns and electronics for the game). He visited me lately, saw huge underground parking and the first thing he said was: "what a cool place is idling - could've Lazer Tag here" - I can give you his details if you have a place and keen to organise Lazer Tag for a small group...


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We recently did an Escape room and then drift carting....was good fun





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  Reply # 1675170 21-Nov-2016 21:15
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The one thing I have learnt is that regardless of what sort of event you run you won't please everyone. We run a lot of events at work, ranging from movie nights to family events, boozy nights out, sporting events and nice meals.

Just because some people don't enjoy one type of event shouldn't spoil it for everyone else who does.

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