The best office parties are the ones we still talk about years later. Often, these will involve the memorable execution of a Truly Terrible Idea. I am absolutely not recommending that anyone engage in these actions. However, I sure do love some of them when they happen and do not directly involve me.
Yes, I am a voyeur on this one. Now you can vicariously be one thanks to these Ten Truly Terrible Ideas in action that I remember most when I think about Office Parties Past (based on both personal experiences and several I’ve heard about):
- The marriage proposal. (They broke up before New Year’s).
- The boss dressed as Baby New Year. Yes, in a diaper. Just a diaper. (This bothered no one and we all had a good laugh. In 99.99% of the rest of Real Life, this would be a Truly Terrible Idea) (and cause nightmares).
- Requiring the “prettiest new female” employee to be the “Party Elf”. This involved a very short skirt and a very tight top. “Just a coincidence,” the boss said.
- Karaoke and an open bar.
- The “Best Meat Loaf” Contest, declared to be “just a joke” after fourteen people arrived with casserole dishes in hand.
- The impromptu “hairiest butt” competition.
- A live version of a “What Not to Wear” makeover after employees voted on who needed it most.
- Having both alcohol and mistletoe.
- Awarding the award for “Worst Holiday Sweater” to a woman who had not known there was a contest and had not entered it.
- Assigning a harassment complainant (against her wishes and in violation of a protective order) to sit at dinner next to the person who had already been suspended for harassing her (because, the boss explained, “what better time than the holidays to forgive?”)