The second pandemic holiday season has arrived, which means managers once again have to decide how to safely commemorate holidays for employees.
In 2020, the majority of US-based companies opted for virtual soirees. However, according to SHRM the rising of COVID vaccine rates and the increasing appetite among employees to connect with their colleagues has many businesses considering hosting in-person gatherings this holiday.
Professionals have turned to Fishbowl, a workplace social network, to discuss their holiday party preferences and their company’s stand on this matter. The sentiment around this topic has varied – from many expressing excitement on celebrating in-person with their colleagues;
To others indicating that they’d prefer gathering online or even suggesting they’re open to the idea of nixing office celebrations in exchange for holiday pay or time off.
Given the lively discussion on Fishbowl, we polled professionals to see where the majority stood on celebrating in-person this holiday season. We asked professionals to answer on the following question;
“If Your Company Hosted An In-person Holiday Party Would You Attend?”
Professionals could answer with either “Yes, no matter what”, “Yes, but only with a vaccine requirement” or “No”. The survey ran November 8 through November 12, 2021, and was answered by 7,835 professionals on the Fishbowl app. Respondents included employees at companies such as IBM, JP Morgan, Facebook, McKinsey, Bank of America, Amazon, Edelman, Nike, Google, KPMG, and thousands of others.
Here’s What We Discovered:
Overall: The survey revealed that over two-thirds (73.45%) of professionals want an in-person holiday party, but almost half (40.61%) of those answering in favor indicated they wouldn’t attend without a vaccination requirement.
By Industry: Tech industry professionals had the highest percentage of respondents who would attend a holiday party with a vaccination requirement. Out of the 957 in the Tech industry who responded, 45.14% say they would attend an in-person holiday party. Following Tech was Consulting with 45.09% and Teachers with 41.90%. Marketing had the lowest percentage of respondents saying they would attend an in-person holiday party with vaccination requirements with 32.90%, followed by Accounting with 36.94%.
“Yes” To In-Person Holiday Party With Vax Requirement By State: Among the states with 100 responses, the District of Columbia had the highest percentage, 56.02%, of employees stating they would attend a Holiday Party with a vaccine requirement. Following closely behind is New York with 48.49% and Washington with 47.95%. Michigan had the lowest percentage of professionals saying they would attend an in-person holiday party with vaccine requirements with 23.20%. Following closely behind was Florida with 29.55% and North Carolina with 31.66%.
“No” To In-Person Holiday Party By State: Among the states with 100 responses, Oregon responded “No” the highest with 38.00% of employees stating they would not attend an in-person Holiday party, followed by Maryland with 34.38% and Michigan with 33.60%. The District of Columbia had the lowest percentage of professionals saying they would not attend an in-person holiday party with 15.06%. Following closely behind was Tennessee with 20.00% and Colorado with 21.90%.
For those companies who are not partying in person, they’re finding innovative ways to connect and celebrate their employees.
Many companies are hosting virtual parties featuring activities such as wine and alcohol tastings and holiday themed cooking classes among others. While other employers are deciding to forgo parties in exchange gifting workers specialty food baskets, gift certificates, and even paid time off.
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