Ring in the New Year at the Office

Many people are finding the place to party this New Year's Eve is at work

Employers are offering cash, champagne, and gifts to those who give up their night off for a night at the office. With possible Y2K computer problems the number of employees who need to work on New Year’s Eve is dramatically higher this year, so business owners are deciding to make the shift as desirable as possible.

The office party of the millennium is catching on. Businesses seem to be in competition with each other, according to David Van De Voort with a consultant firm out of Chicago. Van De Voort says there is a huge focus on the office New Year’s Eve party this year.

So what are companies promising to those who ring in the New Year at work? A New York public relations agency, Burson-Marsteller, is giving employees $2,000, champagne and a hotel room. The offer attracted so many volunteers that some had to be turned away. In San Jose, Cisco Systems, will have thousands of employees eating lobster tail and enjoying gift packages. Cisco Systems is also inviting the employee’s families to come to work. There will be game rooms for the children.

In Seattle, Microsoft will be throwing a party for about 300 staffers. The computer giant will hand out time capsules, have a deejay spinning tunes, and will be serving employees dinner and champagne. Packard Bell will raffle off 300 computers as prizes to employees who work on New Year’s Eve. Message.Click, a New York based Internet firm, will bring a swing band into the office.

At least half of all companies asking employees to work on New Year’s Eve are promising to make it a party of sorts, according to a recent survey in USA Today.

This is one New Year’s celebration nobody wants to miss out on, whether they’re in the office or at home.

DATE: 10/22/99

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