# Christmas and New Year negotiations

Part One: Office Christmas party negotiations

Student A

Work in twos, with one person looking at the Student A worksheet and one person looking at the Student B worksheet. Don’t look at the other person’s worksheet.

You are arranging a Xmas party in your office together. To do all of the jobs will take 840 minutes and half of them (420 minutes of work) are on each worksheet. Your aim is to get your partner to do more work than you, so try to persuade them to take on big jobs while only accepting smaller jobs yourself. You can also agree to do some jobs together, in which case the time is split 50/ 50. Don’t tell your partner how long things will take.

Jobs to be done to arrange the office Xmas party, with lengths of time needed

Buy disposable crockery, cutlery, napkins, table cloths, etc                                                      75 min.

Buy paper party hats, Xmas crackers, party poppers, etc.                                                        60 min

Plan icebreaker party games (pin the tail on the donkey, etc)                                                  50 min

Hang up the decorations (fairy lights, tinsel, wreath, holly, mistletoe, etc)                 45 min

Dress up as Santa and give a speech at the beginning of the party                                         20 min

Organise some background Xmas music (Xmas carols, etc)                                                   30 min

Tidy up and clean up after the party                                                                                             140 min.

When you have negotiated everything on both lists or your teacher stops you, summarise your agreement and then add up how much of the 420 minutes on your list your partner has accepted to do, and how much is left for you. If you have agreed to do something together, split the time 50/50. Anything that hasn’t been discussed or hasn’t been agreed should be added to your time. Check that the total is 420 minutes.

Jobs your partner has agreed to do:               _____________

Jobs left for you to do:                                        _____________

= Total:                                                                     420 minutes

Then add those totals to those of your partner. The winner is the person who has less total work to do.

When you finish, discuss which jobs above are unnecessary or have unrealistic timing, and what other things you might do instead.

What do you think about the idea of having a party actually in your office?

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Christmas and New Year negotiations

Part One: Office Christmas party negotiations

Student B

Work in twos, with one person looking at the Student A worksheet and one person looking at the Student B worksheet. Don’t look at the other person’s worksheet.

You are arranging a Xmas party in your office together. To do all of the jobs will take 840 minutes and half of them (420 minutes of work) are on each worksheet. Your aim is to get your partner to do more work than you, so try to persuade them to take on big jobs while only accepting smaller jobs yourself. You can also agree to do some jobs together, in which case the time is split 50/ 50. Don’t tell your partner how long things will take.

Jobs to be done to arrange the office Xmas party, with lengths of time needed

Buy Xmas decorations (tinsel, wreath, holly, mistletoe, etc)                                                      90 min

Try to find the office corkscrew, bottle opener and nutcrackers                                   60 min

Buy drinks (egg nog, mulled wine, etc), mixers and ice cubes                                                  45 min

Organise Secret Santa and put the presents under the Xmas tree                            30 min

Make sure everyone leaves at the end and call taxis                                                                  60 min

Put up decorate the Xmas tree (with an angel or star, tinsel, lights, baubles, etc)    50 min

Buy Xmas snacks (whole nuts in their shells, sugared almonds, candy canes, chocolate coins, gingerbread men, dried fruit such as dates and figs, etc) and desserts (Xmas pudding, mince pies and/ or Xmas cake, maybe fresh cream or ice cream)              75 min

Get the tree and lights from last year out of the storeroom                                                        10 min

When you have negotiated everything on both lists or your teacher stops you, summarise your agreement and then add up how much of the 420 minutes on your list your partner has accepted to do, and how much is left for you. If you have agreed to do something together, split the time 50/50. Anything that hasn’t been discussed or hasn’t been agreed should be added to your time. Check that the total is 420 minutes.

Jobs your partner has agreed to do:               _____________

Jobs left for you to do:                                        _____________

= Total:                                                                     420 minutes

Then add those totals to those of your partner. The winner is the person who has less total work to do.

When you finish, discuss which jobs above are unnecessary or have unrealistic timing, and what other things you might do instead.

What do you think about the idea of having a party actually in your office?

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Part Two: Other Xmas and New Year negotiations