Friday, August 17, 2012

Do you include everyone for your company parties?

I have been to many corporate events. Opening nights for Broadway theater shows, album launches, holiday parties, merger parties, office parties and of course conference parties.

Over the years I saw a noticeable change in who was invited. It seems that budgets were more important than some of the staff. Not the employees of course, but the interns, the peripheral staff maybe even contractors started falling off the list.

Truly a wasted opportunity to improve these fringe players relationships to the organization over a few dollars. I understand it, but do not necessarily agree with it.

In this parsha we find out everyone should be invited for festivals, which is how I am viewing corporate events. See 16:14 below

14. And you shall rejoice in your Festival-you, and your son, and your daughter, and your manservant, and your maidservant, and the Levite, and the stranger, and the orphan, and the widow, who are within your cities.   יד. וְשָׂמַחְתָּ בְּחַגֶּךָ אַתָּה וּבִנְךָ וּבִתֶּךָ וְעַבְדְּךָ וַאֲמָתֶךָ וְהַלֵּוִי וְהַגֵּר וְהַיָּתוֹם וְהָאַלְמָנָה אֲשֶׁר בִּשְׁעָרֶיךָ:

Yes it includes everyone in the city but it shows that one must make the effort to include everyone when celebrating. When this happens there is a larger sense of community and family like atmosphere.

Oddly enough the world has been growing more social lately, allowing others to share their happiness and events. The downside, for those who choose not to invite the others, is those non-invitees will see or hear many references through social media thus providing discord potentially.

As part of my day job we work with executives to understand the good and bad side of their social media decisions. Maybe next time I will lean on this idea as a different example.
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Parsha Re'eh in the book of Devarim, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17
It is said that the Torah or Bible could be interpreted in over 70 ways. More likely these days 100's of ways. In light of this idea, I am writing some posts that bring a business sense to what we can learn on a weekly basis. Enjoy, Shabbat Shalom