Q: There are 25 employees in our organization. Our holiday dinner party always includes employees and their guests. We also have three temporary employees, and I’m unsure whether they should be invited to the event, as well. What’s your opinion?
A: The spirit of the holiday season suggests that including the temporary workers would be the kind thing to do. The dinner is an opportunity for your organization to thank each person for their role in the organization’s success. Even though these employees are only with your company on a temporary basis, their contribution is very real. The alternative — not inviting them — would also cause awkwardness in the office since other workers are sure to talk about the event, leaving the temporary workers feeling excluded.