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Holiday Party Planning in the Diverse Workplace

By Heidi LaFleche, Monster Contributing Writer

Holiday party planning can get dicey when companies add diversity to their merrymaking mix. How do you appeal to all without leaving someone out in the cold?

“Put the emphasis on celebrating,” advises workplace diversity consultant Sondra Thiederman, PhD, author of Making Diversity Work, founder of Cross-Cultural Communications and a Monster contributing writer. The key: “Focus more on what we share and less on where we differ.”

Thiederman says trying to plan a holiday party that recognizes every culture and religion is just inviting failure. “The more you try to please members of every single group, the greater danger you are of deeply offending someone left out,” she says. “Go for neutrality, not specificity.”

Holiday Party-Planning Tips

Read more here: http://career-advice.monster.com/in-the-office/workplace-issues/holiday-party-planning-diverse-workplace/article.aspx

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