It’s that time of year again – office holiday parties are here. Unlike The Office‘s holiday parties, yours are a mixture of business casual dress attire, polite conversation, and trying to drink as much free alcohol as possible without hurting your professional image. While most of our holiday parties are uncomfortable, to say the least, there’s one group of employees that have it made – remote workers.
Since remote work-from-home jobs are becoming more and more popular, CEOs of these organizations have decided that they’re entitled to a Christmas party too, thank you very much. By assembling their employees via Skype, you can video conference into your holiday party and drink as much champagne as you want from the comfort of your own bed.
While there are definitely some additional perks that come with flexible scheduling, the home attendance of work gatherings absolutely takes the cake. Mandatory happy hour? No problem – grab a six pack and take your pants off. Thanksgiving dinner? No need to make a turkey; just heat yourself up some Lean Cuisine and join the fun. Mention that you’re getting up to use the bathroom and refill your wine glass four different times – no one will know!
Best of all, of things start to get awkward, all you have to do is close out of your window. Oh man, you really wanted to be present for the next hour and a half, but you were having “connection problems.” Just make sure your Netflix account isn’t connected to your Facebook account, and you’re off the hook for the rest of the evening. I’m definitely going to stick it out at my current job (at least until my holiday bonus gets direct deposited), but when I start sending out resumes again, remote work may just be my number one preference. .
[via The Atlantic]
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