Let’s put the financial crisis, economic downturns, and
recessions aside for now and talk about something
trivial for a spot of light relief. In fact, it is something
that is often a lot more worrying for many an HR
department – the company Christmas party.
Yes, many company parties have been cancelled –
Morgan Stanley, American Express, Barclays Capital
etc – and to you guys I apologise. To everybody else,
well, it’s time to paarttaaaaay!!
Yes, it’s been a rough year for everybody and it’s
time to try and block out all those nasty troubled
markets and focus on relaxing and having a good
time. And it’s HR’s job to encourage people to do that.
Even if your company’s profit is down from last
year, that doesn’t mean that individual effort was
down – in fact, if anything, individual effort in such
trying times was probably up.
So, even if you have no more money and the
budget is maxed to the max – do something! There are
still some free suggestions such as picnics or beach
days, to name just a couple. What is important is to
do something to get everybody together, to have fun.
As Professor Roger Collins said last week, it is only
through positive experiences that employees build
resilience (see Letters to the Editor p4) – and, if we
look at what’s in store next year (see “A hard line for
‘09”, p14), resilience will be needed.
And after the parties, after the festivities have
ceased; we must brace ourselves for 2009 and go into
it with a kick and hop, and meet every challenge head
on and with enthusiasm. Companies who send
pessimistic and downtrodden teams into next year will
be facing an uphill battle from the outset.
Those of us at Human Resources magazine are
looking forward to next year because many an
exciting plan lies in store.
So from Human Resources magazine to all our readers, Merry Christmas, folks, and a Happy