Generating Guest Lists: Deciding who to invite to office events

by epi on December 18, 2012

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.

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Joanna December 18, 2012 at 11:43 am

Seriously?? Why is this even a legit question? If you’re planning an event for – theoretically, if everyone brought a guest – 50 people, minimum, you can’t include an extra 6 people? As it is, I’m sure that not everyone will bring another person, so basically, it would all even out at the end.

Where’s the holiday spirit of generosity?

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Julia December 23, 2012 at 10:45 am

I’ve been that temporary worker who has not been invited – I’ve even been that temporary worker who was asked to set up/clean up, but not actually attend. And it makes you feel absolutely ROTTEN and not a little humiliated.

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Brockwest December 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I had heard of temps before, but it wasn’t until I got to know one socially that I was horrified how society treats them as non-people. MANY companies hire temps for as long as a year, with zero benefits…no annual leave, no sick leave, no insurance, no parking, …they don’t even get paid if Christmas falls on a week-day.
My friend worked for a giant corporation as a temp, faithfully for almost a year with no benefits. Christmas came and they rolled in a huge cart loaded with giant turkeys for all the employees…..except her. Ouch.
If your finances can handle it, please consider inviting any workers if you are inviting almost all the workers.

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Joyce December 26, 2012 at 10:02 am

Absolutely guest employees should be included. I have a person who takes over for me when I am away from my employment. Because of her, I know I can be gone without worry. I am thrilled when she is included by my supervisor in our entertainment affairs.

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