The Harley-Davidson Christmas party notice surfaced on WikiLeaks, and I decided to share it with you below:
From: The Office of The President
Subject: Friday’s Christmas Party
As CEO of the company I decided we’d save some money and have a potluck Christmas party whereby the ladies (who always enjoy cooking anyway) would bring the baked goods this year. I was going to suggest having entertainment but NO ONE wants to do anything in the way of organizing anything and it is always left up to me, your humble “Head Honcho” to come up with something that will make the event an enjoyable one for all.
I have struggled with entertainment ideas because many workers do not want their boss to go to the office Christmas party, fearing they will spoil the fun or even spark a violent reaction. I’m reminded of a recent survey where 2,000 adults by restaurant chain TGI Friday’s found that one in three believed having their manager around stops everyone having fun. One in five said they do not want their boss to attend the office Christmas party at all and 27% are worried they might not be able to resist telling them exactly what they think of them! One in eight was worried things could turn physical, while 1% revealed they had quit their job at the office party. But I’ve digressed.
Clearly the office Christmas party is all about cutting loose, having fun and celebrating all the hard work the staff have put in over the year, but I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t tell you that after all the employee concession’s we ‘negotiated’ in the new union contract which will re-build our next-generation workforce, has me a little worried about what that 27 percent has to say!
Nonetheless, as the big BOSS I’ll move forward and give the staff what they want… which is a mix of a lively atmosphere, silly games, great food and indulgent cocktails, and of course, look on the bright side of the boss being there – I’ll pick up the tab! In addition I plan to bring my new T-Pain super smooth singing microphone for the Karaoke game and Christmas caroling.
HR posted a notice on the company bulletin board (see above photo) and for those of you not in Milwaukee know that you’ll be in our holiday party thoughts. Lastly, I ask that each of you to send me a short email on one or two trivia details about yourself because in preparation for the upcoming Christmas party – I plan to play “The Man” – Santa – and I’m making a naughty or nice list. Ho, Ho, Ho.
Note: Because parody is all the rage on the internet, I decided to have a little fun. Clearly not an official H-D publication on WikiLeaks, but it could be!
Logo in photo courtesy of H-D.