Play Santa or Scrooge? Companies Rethink Gifts Posted By: Lesley Sideck

With so many workers receiving pink slips this holiday season, can you still expect to see a gift on your desk this holiday season? Well, maybe.

About 29 percent of offices will be giving gifts to their employees, but this is 3 percent MORE than last year, according to the Battalia-Winston annual …


What’s out: Office parties. What’s in: BYOB parties at work. By: Tobi Elkin

The global economic crisis has spurred new rounds of layoffs, home foreclosures and personal bankruptcies. It’s also hit an annual workplace rite – the office holiday party.

Many large companies — American Express, Disney and Viacom – among them, have cancelled big holiday bashes as the economic …


Wal-Mart Picks Well-Rounded CEO To Steer Past Soft Economy By Karen Talley

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–With Mike Duke taking over as chief of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), the company is getting a logistics master with expertise in international and U.S. operations to help keep the successful retail titan on track…

…In his 13 years at Wal-Mart, Duke has run the company’s U.S. …


Recruiting Industry Newswire

Battalia Winston Recruits General Counsel For Apptis

Executive search firm Battalia Winston has placed Paul Mamalian as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Apptis, Inc., a provider of IT solutions and services for government and industry. Kathryn Griffin, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Battalia Winston, conducted …


Not in a Partying Mood By Michael O’Brien

Bah humbug! Fewer companies are planning to deck the corporate halls this holiday season, while others are slashing their party budgets in half, according to two new surveys. Can companies spread good cheer without breaking the bank?

As the economy continues to slump towards the end of the year, many American companies caught …


Christmas Party Taking a Holiday Amid Downturn By Michelle V. Rafter

Across the U.S., companies are canceling annual end-of-the-year holiday bashes to cut costs, or in some cases just to blend in with the rest of a world that’s too worried about money to feel like a party…

…In its survey of 100 companies, outplacement consultant Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. found …


Restaurants Face Holiday-Party Slump By Paul Ziobro

Restaurants with private-dining businesses are facing more gloom than cheer heading into the holiday season as more offices scale back or cancel parties, sapping chains of a high-margin business.

Some chains are reporting cancellations of large events and are scrambling to fill up the rooms. But they may have a hard …