More Employers Will Host Holiday Parties in 2011

Dec 1, 2011
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More Employers Will Host Holiday Parties in 2011

Alexandria, Va. – More than two-thirds (68 percent) of surveyed employers will hold a holiday end-of-year party in 2011, up from 61 percent in 2009 and 2010, according to a poll released today by the Society for Human Resource Management.

Fewer organizations cancelled holiday parties because of financial challenges this year, down to eight percent from 12 percent in 2010 and 20 percent in 2009.

“As the economy continues to improve for many businesses, it appears more employers are celebrating the holidays and the end of the year with parties, which act as an employee reward and morale booster,” said Evren Esen, manager of the SHRM Survey Research Center.

The poll – 2011 Holiday Parties– found that the majority of employers having parties will hold their parties off-site (61 percent) and 24 percent will hold on-site celebrations. Only nine percent will have their parties on-site to save money, down from 10 percent in 2010 and 15 percent in 2009.

Another SHRM poll released today – 2012 Holiday Schedules – shows that most employers will close their offices for New Year’s Day (95 percent) or Jan. 2, the Monday after New Year’s Day (80 percent). Other than on Christmas Day, few organizations plan to close their offices on religious holidays in 2012.

The 2012 holidays most organizations will observe are:

  • New Year’s Day (Sunday, Jan. 1);
  • Memorial Day (Monday, May 28);
  • Independence Day (Wednesday, July 4);
  • Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 3);
  • Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 22); and
  • Christmas Day (Tuesday, Dec. 25).

For more information, visit the research section of at Follow SHRM Research on Twitter @SHRM_Research.

About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in more than 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online at and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.

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