Human Resources are very critical about sensitivity in the workplace, yet they're complicit with forcing traditions onto others who may not practice it, like Halloween, Valentines and even Christmas. If companies want their employees to bond, they should just throw a standard party and sponsor the booze, and make RSVP optional. Like Halloween for instance. It's great to see some staff who are really into it, making costumes and showing it off at work. It's like cosplay, and others can show their support and be happy about their hobby. But it's a different story when others, who aren't into it for one reason or another, are “forced” to do it. It's like a psychological hostage. So perhaps just make work about work, and bonding on the side and voluntary. I mean, can managers expect to be friends with subordinates? No. They're bosses who can hire and fire, approve or reject vacation requests, or make workload a living hell with rank and file. Any socializing attempt will be mostly for show. So just cut a check and work, make fun friends outside of work.
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