Atheists, Muslims and other employees who don’t celebrate Christmas often feel left out amid the workplace holiday parties and department-decorating contests. How can employers create a spirit of celebration while remaining sensitive to the needs of all workers?
“It’s fine to have a holiday party,” said employment attorney Doug Kauffman, a partner with Balch and Bingham LLP in Birmingham, Ala. “You have to be careful not to water down the season just to be politically correct or sensitive to those who don’t celebrate.”
Forget the idea that Millennials would rather have flexible hours than a good salary. A recent survey by Business Insider and News to Live By found that pay came first when U.S. adults ages 18 to 36 were asked what matters most to them in a job, followed by meaningful work and a positive relationship with co-workers.
Flexibility was important, but it trailed in fourth place.