A boring old Christmas
And that’s a good thing. Banks are taking it easy on the holiday events this year. Many of them aren’t even remotely touching anything that potentially resembles a party. Others are shelling out a few bucks. The Royal Bank of Scotland will contribute 10 pounds a head ($16) for work parties. Party planners are saying, oh forget it, just go ice skating.
Di Bailey, managing director at Planit Events Ltd., whose clients include HSBC Holdings Plc and Morgan Stanley, recommends employers spend about 80 pounds-a-head to ensure a “decent” party. Bailey said she couldn’t organize an event at a cost of 10 pounds-per-employee and recommended staff use the money to go ice-skating instead.
RBS is making as much as 10 pounds available per employee this year, a person familiar with the situation said. Two pints of Kronenbourg 1664 lager and a packet of salt and pepper- flavored crisps cost 8.21 pounds in the Master Gunner pub in London’s Broadgate district. An hour’s skating at the Tower of London Ice Rink costs 10 pounds an hour off-peak.
Meanwhile, stateside, Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack has decided to forgo his bonus for the third straight year. He’s the first big bank CEO to do so in 2009:
“It’s going to be the trend,” said Jeanne Branthover, head of financial services at New York-based Boyden Global Executive Search. “The top echelon is going to either forgo bonuses or take them in a non-cash way, deferring them. That is going to be very much the standard for this year because of everything that happened.”
Yeah, even the president won’t be getting a bonus, apparently:
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