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TO PARTY OR NOT TO PARTY? I want to organise a staff New Year's party (a company tradition) for the research division I run in a large stationery firm.

by Jeremy Bullmore

With the current economic climate, I don't want to spend loads of cash or upset other divisions within the company, especially as some of them have failed to hit budget and so won't be holding New Year's parties. On the other hand, I want to reward my own employees for a good year. Should I go ahead with the party or not?

A: Remember bottle parties? Good staff parties depend much more on ideas and enthusiasm than on lavish injections of corporate cash. It sounds as if you've got a sociable bunch who'd respond to a challenge, so why don't you get an informal group together (pick the lively ones; forget about rank and status) and set them to devise a do-it-yourself party plan?

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