A heated debate has erupted after an Australian man revealed that his wife had to pay $100 to attend her work Christmas party, and the cost didn’t even include a drink.
The woman’s husband said his office parties are ‘fully funded’ and includes a meal and unlimited drinks, which is why he was so shocked to learn about his wife’s situation.
He took to Reddit to explain the predicament, and ask Aussies whether they think it’s okay to pay for your work party.
There was a stark contrast in opinion. Some believed it’s not that much to ask of an employee, while others argue it’s so offensive she should quit should job.
Heated debate erupted after an Australian man revealed that his wife had to pay $100 to attend her work Christmas party, and the cost didn’t even include a drink (stock image)
‘So what kind of Christmas party does your work throw and how much do they charge you for it, if anything?’ the man asked.
‘I’m curious what other peoples parties are like. Mine are fully funded by the business including food and alcohol.’
‘However, my partner’s charge like $100 to attend plus drinks on top.’
Many people thought the suggestion’s of paying to attend a work party was ‘offensive’ and warrants drastic decisions such as quitting.
‘Time to leave sir!’ one man immediately said.
‘Never ever had to pay to attend either self or partners work functions, and would refuse to pay if asked,’ another wrote.
‘I would refuse to go rather than just refuse to pay,’ another commented.
However, other people said they wouldn’t mind paying, especially if it is a public sector job.
‘I’ve been to couple that were $10 a head and it was fully catered and unlimited alcohol, so I wasn’t too fussed,’ one woman said.
‘In the public service you often have to pay, either by paying for your meal or through fundraising throughout the year for a party,’ another commented.
One man who works in the public sector said he understands the need to fund your own party as ‘getting drunk on taxpayer money is frowned upon’.
A few people argued that employers are just insuring themselves, as they would be left with big losses if they pay for a meal and drinks for a staff member that doesn’t show up.
Opinion was split on whether employees should pay for their staff party. Some believed it’s not that much to ask of an employee, while others argue it’s so offensive you should quit your job (stock image)
Previously, a woman sparked online debate after revealing her boss threatened that it ‘wouldn’t look good’ in her upcoming appraisal if she missed the work Christmas party.
Taking to the parenting forum Mumsnet the woman explained she’d told her boss she couldn’t make the 100-mile journey due to car trouble and was met with an ‘out of proportion’ response.
Many commenters agreed with the poster and said that she should update her CV and look for another job rather than work with her current boss.
However, some said they understood her manager’s perspective, even if her response was out of proportion, because it’s important to spend time together when you’re part of a small team.
Talking to Mumsnet, a woman revealed how her boss got annoyed and swore at her because she couldn’t make the work Christmas party (stock image)
Explaining the situation the woman wrote: ‘I work remotely about 100 miles from my office. It’s a small charity (about 15 staff) and the CEO has been there for 30 years.’
‘Anyway, my car stopped working on Friday afternoon. Tried everything I could to get it sorted. The only day I can get it sorted is Christmas party day.’
‘I called her to explain. At first she literally just kept giving grunts and then went on about how this was a very important event and I should make every effort to be there.’
‘She then gave a veiled threat that this wouldn’t look good to the rest of the team – or my upcoming annual 1-2-1.’
‘She calmed down once I got quite assertive with her, but even my husband was shocked at how emotional she got. It was really out of proportion.’
Comments supporting the poster flooded in, some even suggested she leave her job.
‘I don’t think I’d want to work for anyone that spoke to me like that – I’d be updating my CV,’ one woman said.
However, others pointed out the importance of office Christmas parties for team building, with one person writing: ‘I get where she is coming from.’