Every year companies spend a lot of money on holiday parties.
Are they worth it?

This video looks at the science behind parties.

Spoiler! They are not worth it. What is worth it is creating an environment where people are permitted to have fun.

 

 

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Marks, Gene. “Is That Holiday Party Really Worth It?” Entrepreneur, Entrepreneur Media, Inc, 29 Nov. 2018, www.entrepreneur.com/article/323946.

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