Flirting with coworkers or someone else’s spouse ranked as the second biggest office party faux pas (53%), followed by dirty dancing (42%), wearing inappropriate outfits (41%), discussing “hot button” topics (35%), and bringing poorly behaved guests (33%) – but more than a quarter said the biggest mistake was skipping the party altogether.
Asked if they had ever been involved in an embarrassing incident at a company holiday party, a scant 14% of executives admitted that they had.
On the Other Hand…
Despite the potential pitfalls of office holiday parties, 65% of executives said they’re a great way to celebrate, bond with employees and have fun – although one-in-five said those gatherings were a waste of money, and 15% said they’re a burden and they’d rather not attend.
Asked whether they’d be buying gifts for anyone at the office this year, 35% of executives said “no.” However, among those who are buying gifts:
- 27% are getting them for coworkers;
- 22% are getting them for the boss;
- 20% for direct reports;
- 18% for assistants; and
- 16% for clients.
Most (56%) plan to spend less than $100 in total on work-related gifts.
TheLadders.com’s Holiday Survey was conducted in November 2006 and included 1,200 executives.