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The No. 1 Reason You SHOULD Always Drink at Office Parties

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

My dear friend Tim Sackett believes that it’s risky to drink at office functions.

You might say something stupid. You might look foolish. You might put your job on the line. And those are all true if you’re a functional idiot. If you can’t cross the street without holding your mama’s hand, you shouldn’t have a drink at office parties.

If you are like the rest of the world, though, having a drink or two at an office party isn’t a big deal. If anything, it can be a lifesaver. Read more…

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The No. 1 Reason You Should NEVER Drink at an Office Party

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

An old Tibetan monk once said: “A drunken mouth speaks a sober mind.”

I don’t know if that was actually said by an old monk or just something someone’s grandfather said, but in terms drinking at an office function, it rings as true today as it did when whoever said it, said it.

The ironic part of the statement is that people will go to great lengths to say the opposite. “Oh, Tim, please understand I didn’t mean that you are completely incapable of everything – it was the whiskey talking – I don’t really believe that.” Read more…

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Gift Giving at Work: A Little Thoughtfulness Can Go a Long Way

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

We’re all familiar with the old adage that tells us it’s the thought that counts during the gift-giving season, and that certainly holds true for reward and recognition programs.

However, we can get sidetracked during the holiday season thinking about the rewards that are coming to us, which is presumably how that old adage got started in the first place.

No matter how you intend to reward your employees over the holiday season, putting a little thought into it can go a long way. Read more…

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How to Have the Best, Litigation-Free Office Holiday Party Ever

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

It is that time of year again – the holiday season.

Employers are gearing up to have their office holiday parties. Many employees wait all year for the festivities and love reminiscing about the events of the previous year.

In fact, the holiday party festivities often become the “chatter” around the proverbial water cooler, and sometimes, not in a good way. Read more…

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Enforced Holiday Fun: A 100% Preventable Employee-Morale Issue

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

I’ve seen many a workplace holiday season come and go, and with another one upon us, I wonder: Why does writing this make me feel like Scrooge lecturing Bob Cratchit?

Here’s the deal: I have worked in lots of offices where some of the staff really got into holiday planning and making sure that everyone was involved in the festivities.

Nothing wrong with that, of course, but one of the problems that crops up during the holiday season time and time again is that all that holiday fun can get in the way of getting real, live work done. Read more…

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The One Thing That HR Really Wants For Christmas

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

OK, before we get started, stop it.

I could have titled this “The One Thing HR Wants for the Holidays,” or “The One Thing HR Wants for Chanukah,” but I didn’t because the majority of people here celebrate Christmas, so I used Christmas.

Breathe in deep HR people (for the record we celebrate both Chanukah and Santa in my house – my kids are equal gift getters!). Read more…

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The Ultimate Holiday Temp Job? It Must be Santa

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

What may very well be the ultimate temp job on the planet is pretty much for men only. (Oh look, see the HR compliance managers keeling over.)

Sure, there are a few Mrs. Clauses out there, but every kid knows Santa is a chubby guy with a white beard, ruddy cheeks, and a deep Ho, Ho, Ho. Read more…

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How to Have an Office Party Without Anyone Going to Jail

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

In case you haven’t noticed, the holiday season is upon us.

Every year, employers have lots of questions about what they should (and shouldn’t) do when it comes to holiday parties to avoid winding up in court (or jail).

Let’s start with some interesting statistics: Read more…

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Young Millennials: Here’s the Best Christmas Gift You Could Give Them

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

The employment landscape in America for 16- to 24-year-olds is abysmal — the worst it’s been in more than 50 years.

So if you’ve got a teen or a young adult on your holiday gift list, don’t head to the mall or to your nearest big box retailer. What they need most from you cannot be found in stores.

According to this recent story in the Huffington Post, the employment rate for teens between the ages of 16 and 19 has fallen 42 percent over the last decade: 2.2 million teens and 4.3 million young adults aged 20 to 24 are neither working nor in school. Of those without school or work, 21 percent — or 1.4 million — are young parents. Read more…

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Yes, Most People Really Do Hate (and Dread) Your Annual Holiday Party

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

I have thought about this for years, and I finally decided to write about this because several people have approached me already this year about dreading their office holiday party.

So I’m going to say it: Most people hate your holiday party.

To the executives and the people who help plan these things, please consider the following: Read more…