Friday, November 7, 2008

Holiday party canceled, two days off instead

It’s beginning to look a lot like that time of year again ... time to start worrying about the office holiday party and what could go wrong this year.

As many companies mull over the typical harassment issues that always seem to go along with office parties, others have found a way to avoid those holiday party problems all together.

This year, Viacom (owner of Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, VH1 and Nickelodeon) is canceling their holiday party and giving employees time off from work instead. While the media giant has been under enormous financial pressure, with layoffs looming, it’s a trend that some in the HR industry support.

“Viacom just sent an internal email to employees telling them that the holiday party is canceled—but everyone gets two extra days of vacation instead! To ‘relax and recharge for the coming year,’” as posted on Gawker.

The only catch is that Viacom employees must be use their two paid days off between December 22 and January 1, but wouldn’t most people enjoy some extra time off during that time anyway?

To many it’s a no-brainer, but we would still like to know what you think. Office holiday party or two days off, which would you choose?

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