54% of bosses plan to cancel this year’s Christmas party; saying it is too costly.
73% of employers say they have to deal with employee complaints regarding the behaviour of drunken work colleagues.
80% of employees believe that it would be wrong for their employer to cancel the Christmas party.
Peter Done, managing director of Peninsula Business Services, the employment law consultancy, said "Scrooge may well be alive and well in the workplace but businesses just want to save money. Businesses have to weigh up whether the cost of hosting a Christmas party is worth it for their business. Firms are still trying to tighten their belts and subsequently they don't feel that the price of a Christmas party can be justified."
Mr Done warns, "Managers need to know that a Christmas party is an extension to the working day. That has to be remembered, as any indecent incidents that happen at a Christmas party have to be dealt with in the workplace and HR disputes can be very costly. These factors all add up to employers’ debating if a Christmas party is really worth the trouble."
"Also, when you include the price of food and drink it turns out to be an expensive exercise. If companies are struggling to post profits you really do have to question the wisdom of organising such expensive events. Not only that, you also have the responsibility of ensuring that all your employees get home safely."
Mr Done concludes, "Personally, I think companies should be able to hold a Christmas party. Employees see the party as a reward for all their hard work throughout the year and it is good to show that you appreciate their work too. Yet, where do you draw the line? Does the company have its own premises for a party or do you have to pay for a venue? Should workers be made to bring their own food and drink to save money? Bear in mind; employers should look after the welfare of their workers whilst at the same time remembering that the traditional Christmas party does not have to break the bank and may help to boost staff morale."
Peninsula Business Services spoke to 1054 employers and 241 workers throughout October.
Peter Done is the managing director of Peninsula Business Services.
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