Christmas at work in the UK makes interesting reading. The Chartered Management Institute polled over 1200 managers in the UK about Christmas at work.
- 70% of managers will be doing some work over Christmas, 46% on a daily basis
- 60% of managers think that the Christmas party is a great way of recognising hard work
- 57% of managers think that Christmas parties are good for engaging staff
- 42% say that many of their employees don’t actually attend the Christmas party
- 30% of organisations don’t contribute financially to the Christmas festivities yet where they do the average spend is £35 per employee
- 17% of managers think that the risks of poor behaviour outweigh the benefits of a Christmas party
If you are holding a Christmas party ….
We have a whole blog devoted to the Perils of the Office Christmas Party . It’s especially useful as a checklist of things you need to consider well before you are getting your glad rags on to attend the party.
When the Christmas party is over, the fall out can cause untold upset at work for weeks to come. Work colleagues picking up the slack for their ‘loved up’ workmates can consequently become resentful very quickly. Therefore, a watchful eye and a careful word from an observant manager can do much to stop the Christmas party romance becoming the source of tension, resentment and negativity.