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UK – Employers cancel Christmas parties

14 December 2012

With Christmas nearing, a fifth (20%) of UK employees will not celebrate with an office party this year, according to research by recruiter OfficeTeam. The research also found that nearly a quarter of staff (23%) believe they deserve a party after such a difficult year at work.

Phil Booth, director at OfficeTeam said: “The office Christmas party is still an important motivator for employees who have been working hard all year, so it’s a shame to see that so many companies have decided not to go ahead with parties.”

The ones that will enjoy Christmas celebrations with colleagues have made resolutions about what they will avoid doing, including not to over-indulging and behaving inappropriately. Others have said that they will not record proceedings on their phones or post pictures on Facebook.

A third of those surveyed said they had regretted certain behaviour at Christmas parties. Top of the list is inappropriate behaviour or dancing, followed by flirting with colleagues or arguing with the boss.

“For employees, setting resolutions to not overindulge or engage in questionable behaviour with colleagues and bosses might be a good first step to ensuring a smooth and shame-free Christmas party. While it’s important to relax and let your hair down, we’d always advise people to take it easy at office functions, as overstepping the mark may become a career-limiting move,” said Mr Booth. 

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