They’ve banned partners from the Christmas party and the troops aren’t happy
Thursday, September 27, 2012/
Dear Aunty B,
I read the other day about Andrew Forrest cutting back on company barbecues and tomato sauce, but we’ve been hit with our own cost-cutting scandal.
I’m on the social committee organising the Christmas party, and we’ve been told that there isn’t enough money to invite partners along. Given we’ve done this for the past 10 years, there are a few noses seriously out of joint.
There are only about 30 of us in the company, so we’re not talking a huge saving here – plus the angst has already wasted about 20 hours of debate and water-cooler grouching, so management probably won’t save a cent.
How do we turn this around, Aunty?
No Plus One,
Dear No Plus One,
Do you want your partner at the Christmas party or your colleague to keep their job?
Seriously, wake up! Bosses don’t make these decisions because they want to be mean, they make these decisions because they need to run their business and keep you in a job.
Believe me, they want your partners at the Christmas party, but it’s just not doable this year. And these savings might seem small to you, but it’s probably part of a number of cost-saving measures your bosses are taking.
So suck it up and look on the bright side – you’re not going to get stuck talking to someone’s witless husband who wants to tell you about his model train collection.
Your Aunty B
To read more Aunty B advice, click here.
Email your questions, problems and issues to [email protected] right now!
Be honest about your situation: How vulnerability helps businesses thrive Sue Parker DARE Group founder
Own it: The 10 things you need to do to manage your personal brand Lisa Stephenson Who Am I Projects founder
Six invaluable lessons: What 20 years in aged care taught me about being an entrepreneur Natasha Chadwick NewDirection Care founder
An entrepreneurial superpower: Eight tips to help develop resilience Adala Bolto ZADI Training co-founder
Going through a lull? Five areas you should invest in when sales drop Tamara Alaveras and Sonia Majkic 3 Phase Marketing co-founders
Pet-food lickers and changing-room strippers: Why you’ll never sell to people you don’t understand Ian Whitworth Scene Change co-founder
Blandification™ and the state of modern branding Jeffrey Oley The Offices co-founder
Why you should find the right role for the right person — not the other way around Bruce Stronge Outfit founder