UPDATE: Problem solved. My manager (the GM) agrees that its not the most professional to have an extra long lunch along with a party with the SVP here. While it does show enjoyment of workplace, which is one of our core values, its his first visit to our factory and you only get one first impression. We are moving the party to the 30th. I've actually talked with two others and they were not planning on dressing up either if the SVP was here. Having the party a day early will make it more relaxing and fun for everyone! YAY
OK, so I've been on the social committee for 2 years. Last year I just participated and this year I'm leading it.
We had a Halloween party last year. Little did we know Corporate was showing up to interview people about the terrible, horrible sales manager we had looking to maybe let him go. Of course, I was one of the more vocal about how bad he was, so I had to be interviewed as soon as I walked in the door that day. Luckily, I had not put on my costume yet. Corporate was around all day and our Halloween party was pretty dead. I did end up putting on my costume (50's sock hop girl) but I felt weird wearing it. Our sales manager was fired at the end of the day.
So, this year we are planning another Halloween party. I was planning to find a good pirate costume to wear and make it WAY better than last year. Today it was announced that our Senior VP of the company (higher than even last year) wants a plant tour....on Halloween. Freaking really!?? At least I have warning this year! We took an impromptu survey and most of our warehouse won't dress up anyway but still want the party that day. I REALLY want to dress up, but I see this as a great chance to make a good impression again. I'm already known by the CEO by name (I was sent to a leadership conference last year where I met him), and I want to make a good impression. BUT, I also want to support the social committee and have fun.
What would you do? Most want the party because the won't dress up anyway. I want to dress up, but I don't want to look unprofessional. I don't want to look like a dud either :(