Dec 14, 2022
By Jane Brown
Company holiday parties are making a comeback, at least stateside.
A survey of 252 U.S.-based companies by hiring firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas finds that more than 57-percent of companies are planning an in-person holiday parties this year.
While still considerably fewer than the 75-percent of companies that threw parties in 2019, it’s a big leap from 26-percent in 2021 and 5-percent in 2020 during the worst years of the COVID-19 pandemic. In those years, virtual cocktail celebrations and secret Santa exchanges were all the rage.
However in 2022, many celebrations will be smaller and more intimate as companies try to accommodate work forces that have become increasingly remote and virtual.
Some companies are opting for toned-down lunches or activities from spas to pickleball to lure out office workers still working from home for much of the week.