Why did your employees look so glum this holiday season? If you mandated their participation in a gift exchange, forced them to attend after-hours parties or otherwise infringed on their time or their wallet — it’s could be your fault. “Holidays are supposed to be a happy time, but when bosses combine ‘forced fun’ with expectations that impact employees’ finances and eat into their personal time — it’s a toxic combination that often results in negative attitudes, the opposite of what was intended,” says Paul White, an organizational psychologist and workplace management consultant, who created the Toxic Workplace Prevention and Repair Kit.
In response to a November 2015 survey, more than 1,200 readers of White’s newsletter weighed in on the things they hate most about the holidays, and more than 500 readers shared anonymous horror stories of their workplace holidays. Here are the seven worst offenders.