PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- With the improving economy, more corporations will be throwing holiday parties this year. In fact, many HR departments are already deep into planning their holiday get-togethers, but it is time to consider the changing corporate culture. According to Nick Gianoulis, founder of The Fun Dept., a consulting and training company that has delivered more fun in the workplace than any other company in the world, holiday parties are evolving away from expensive traditional events held outside of working hours in which employees worry about drinking too much or doing something stupid that could scuttle their careers.
Gianoulis explains the changing role of the holiday party as well as why:
- There has been a shift away from only holiday parties and summer picnics. Instead, enlightened companies are planning frequent and brief fun events throughout the year for a lasting effect.
- More holiday parties are taking place during working hours in deference to employees' busy lives.
- Attendance at holiday parties after hours has been declining over the last decade.
- Activities such as Gingerbread Builds, Deck the Balls, and Tangled Light Challenges can make this year's gathering more successful.
He also shares:
- Why the traditional team building model is broken.
- How companies such as Zappos, Google and Southwest built fun into their model before they became successful.
- Ways fun can be a competitive advantage.
- Why observing leaders having fun instantly flattens an organization's scale.
- How fun in the workplace bridges the generational gap from boomers to millennials.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nick Gianoulis is the founder of The Fun Dept., a consulting and training company that has been featured on CNN, BBC News, TedX, and in the Washington Post. Its clients range from Fortune 100 companies to those with as few as 20 employees. Known as "The Godfather of Fun," Gianoulis began his company after experiencing firsthand the enhanced culture and business results of fun during his 20-year corporate management tenure with a company that embraced a "work hard, play hard" culture. He is the coauthor of Playing It Forward (Fun Department, 2015), available on Amazon.
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