Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Office Debate: Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

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What is kosher for your office?
This seems to be a point of contention these days, mostly by people who are tired of being so politically correct. True, everyone should respect the other religious freedoms and choices of fellow peers, but is simply having a, "Christmas Party," taking things too far? Some people are beginning to argue that since it is Christmas time that you should feel comfortable telling people Merry Christmas, while others still believe that to be discriminatory, opting for Happy Holidays. Religion in the workplace always needs to be handled with care, but what is right for you and your business?

"Merry Christmas! Or is it Happy Holidays? Which holidays are you allowed to call by name when offering someone your best wishes? More importantly, what is appropriate to talk about in the workplace? Just about every employer gives their employees time off for Christmas, but is it fair to only celebrate a Christian holiday? Sure, people of all faiths receive time off to celebrate their religious holidays, but are you being sensitive to them when the office is primarily decorated with Christmas trees and Santa Claus figures? It's unsafe to assume your employees practice Christianity or observe Christmas in some form, even if you work in a church environment. The holidays are a time of spirited music and togetherness. What can you do to help promote acceptance of diversity in your workplace?"

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