Christmas work "do's"

Solomon Grundy

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How defendable is it? :)
Don't care but one thing I do know is that the Zombie who got my brain that night would be very unsteady on their feet and unable to walk properly, mumbling unintelligible noises, generally being a nuisance...probably even a be sex pest. :laugh:
 

THE_FORCE

Distinguished Member
Ours is at the National Railway Museum in York, a dinner and dance in the main hall with tables among all the old engines...should be good.
Now that sounds great ! :thumbsup:

Completely different. I have trouble in trying to find a venue for our team, but that sounds like a nice change. I wish there was somewhere in our vicinity that was similar ! :(
 

Solomon Grundy

Distinguished Member
A mate of mine works for the NHS.
I don't believe they should get a christmas party on the Tax payer.
The department he works for is a friggin' holiday camp as it is.
Butlins has a hospital?
 

Smudger14

Novice Member
A mate of mine works for the NHS.
I don't believe they should get a christmas party on the Tax payer.
The department he works for is a friggin' holiday camp as it is.
I was a contracter doing IT across the Sussex county. We got treated like crap. No training given what-so-ever, so everything I learn't was through either a work mate or 'break it to fix it' way of working.

Our Christmas 'do' was a few pints down the pub after work. That was it.
 

Lezman

Well-known Member
I disagree, a good Christmas bash should be everyone's right private or public sector.

At least it gives the impression that the bigwigs even slightly want to give back to the troops. It's the human cost dammit:)
 

Solomon Grundy

Distinguished Member
Now that sounds great ! :thumbsup:

Completely different. I have trouble in trying to find a venue for our team, but that sounds like a nice change. I wish there was somewhere in our vicinity that was similar ! :(
The only thing I think lets it down is that it is only a disco...it would have been better with a Big Band group there playing and singing Christmas songs...with a disco too of course although I'd love to see Wham's Last Christmas done Glenn Miller style!
 

THE_FORCE

Distinguished Member
Our Christmas 'do' was a few pints down the pub after work. That was it.
That's quite sad when you think about it Smudger ? We're just a small outfit, and our Xmas do requires only about 20 invites, but even so, they can have whatever they want to drink - the more the merrier lol !

I can sort of understand that larger companies can't afford to do the same due to that larger workforce, but even so, in my eyes, it's a way of saying thank you for all the hard work that everyone has done throughout the year. :thumbsup:

Some companies are just downright tight !
 

Smudger14

Novice Member
That's quite sad when you think about it Smudger ? We're just a small outfit, and our Xmas do requires only about 20 invites, but even so, they can have whatever they want to drink - the more the merrier lol !
It was looking back. And that was just 5/6 of us (a very small team. One, who sadly, is no longer with us). I think all the teams had their own do's. Would have been best to have all the teams together really, but it didn't work out like that.
 

THE_FORCE

Distinguished Member
In our line of work, the other businesses seem to charge the workforce's partners to attend the do, whereas we don't.

Has anyone else come across this, where your other half has to pay to attend the Xmas dinner ? I personally think it's bang out of order !
 

travid

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HATE friggin works Christmas parties.:mad:
 

Berties

Banned
If I recall a fight broke out between the boss and mates mate, both hammered and both egging each other one. Anyway boss used that to sack him later on. Just made another excuse why he was being laid off. Reason why I don't socialise with work colleagues, say the wrong thing and used against you.
 

Coffin

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A friend of mine had his do at Madame Tussauds in London. His work hired the entire place out for the evening. Was a good night, I hear
 

Tempest

Distinguished Member
HATE friggin works Christmas parties.:mad:
The part I hate (When he had something) was a manager/boss who had been a bastard to you for the past 364 days suddenly thinks he can be your best friend because it's Christmas, and you are eating a mince pie and drinking a beer next to each other.

And of course he/she will turn back into a bastard on the 1st day back after the break.
 

imightbewrong

Distinguished Member
A friend of mine had his do at Madame Tussauds in London. His work hired the entire place out for the evening. Was a good night, I hear
SWMBO's old company did that for their year-end party a couple of years ago. It was a good laugh. When you got there you did the train ride, then you went into the party which was set out like a celeb-do - there were 'paparazzi' on the door taking your photos as you walked up the red carpet, then inside there were loads of 'celebs' set out as if they are at a drinks party. It's the closest I will get to having a threesome with SWMBO and Sarah Michelle Gellar anyway :)

The next year they took the whole firm to Dubai :eek:

Then the next year the recession hit and they went to a motel in Surrey with Steve Davis as the guest speaker :)
 

chrisba

Active Member
In our line of work, the other businesses seem to charge the workforce's partners to attend the do, whereas we don't.

Has anyone else come across this, where your other half has to pay to attend the Xmas dinner ? I personally think it's bang out of order !
Never mind paying for the other half, we have to pay for our own christmas party every year!

I work for one of the biggest transport company's in the world/country.
 

Ruperts slippers

Distinguished Member
Mates who have small businesses are meeting up for a meal,then onto the warehouse project in manchester to see sasha and zabiela next sat....

Missed this yrs plumbing supplier do ,couldn't be arsed,dont have much in common with most plumbers,boring bastards..
 

everett_psycho

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It was looking back. And that was just 5/6 of us (a very small team. One, who sadly, is no longer with us). I think all the teams had their own do's. Would have been best to have all the teams together really, but it didn't work out like that.
we work at heathrow and their construction areas work a bit like this, we went bowling with one company last week (they invited select people they wanted to come), then theres a project wide one next week and most teams are having their own as well, whether it's just 4 or 5 of them or a company based one. When T5 was being made they used to have epic christmas parties, the amount of workforce behind it meant the party was huge, it was like going out like the plqce was open and it meant there was enough familliar faces about that you didn't have to talk to your line manager, instead you'd go around other companies and meet all them
 
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imightbewrong

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@Coffin

Indeed :)

Steve D was quite good apparently though - he was still drinking in the bar with a bunch of them until about 4 in the morning, keeping up no probs with a bunch of rugby recent grad types :)
 

Bl4ckGryph0n

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I enjoyed the good old days when I was working for an US firm that took all of us including partners to Switserland for 3 days. I made certain in the 3 years I was there that I was on the first flight out and the last one to come back, the price was taking along the fit friend of the organising girls in HR :) Yeah 5 days in the snow, party, skiing and a bit of fun. That was more like it.

Saw lots of marital rows though as bonuses were also publicly announced and if you didn't get the bonus...Oops

Oh happy days....Now in England I can't stand them, too many arms around me of drunken idiots, who the next day still think they are my best friend. Yuk. But I show my face and put some money behind the bar to entertain them, not my idea of a fun party though.
 

kev23

Standard Member
being the chairman of our works social committee, we organise everything for the employees, our work gives us £30k per year to spend on anything, so we had our shop floor nite out last friday which was a free 5 course meal and few bottles wine, then the MD turned up and stuck his credit card behind the bar....a great nite was had by all...the big one is in feb tho, that includes partners and guests, so that should be fun too
 

Lancia34

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being the chairman of our works social committee, we organise everything for the employees, our work gives us £30k per year to spend on anything, so we had our shop floor nite out last friday which was a free 5 course meal and few bottles wine, then the MD turned up and stuck his credit card behind the bar....a great nite was had by all...the big one is in feb tho, that includes partners and guests, so that should be fun too
Blimey! I work for a massive multi-billion dollar US company and we're getting a night at a dodgy local nightclub tonight. Free bar but they won't be splashing out.

Ever since the recession we haven't had a decent Xmas do, or any do in fact. Before, they used to take everyone to EuroDisney for 4 days or hire out Namco in London...nowadays a crap nightclub that I don't tend to go to on a Friday night anyway :(
 
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IL Cattivo

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Ours used to be a huge corporate event in London or Oxford where coaches were laid on for the employees who worked and lived around the satellite office elsewhere in the country, so everyone could make.. Often Hotels Rooms were offered too. Partners could come along by means of 1 free guest ticket.

Last 2-3 years each individual regional office dept has had to organise their own Chrimbo do among themselves with a 50% contribution from the head of that dept's cost centre.. Partners now have to be paid for in full.

This years will be the last one I go to while I am still working for this Global Corporate which still makes hundreds of millions in profits each year.

A lot of these businesses use the current financial climate as an excuse.. Whatever happened to investing in their people and valuing the employee!! :rolleyes:
 

THE_FORCE

Distinguished Member
Never mind paying for the other half, we have to pay for our own christmas party every year!
No way ? Really ?!

I'm sorry, but I find that disgusting. :thumbsdow

Any company should recompense their staff in at least the form of a good xmas bash !
 

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