Do Employees Still Want A Work Christmas Party?

As a business, it can be easy to get carried away with organising a work Christmas party. But before you jump in with a host of ideas of how to reward your team at this time of year, consider whether they actually want a work Christmas party.

Onrec recently shared research carried out by Perkbox, which found that almost one-third of employees don’t enjoy their festive do with their colleagues.

Just over one-quarter of those surveyed said that the reason they don’t like the office Christmas party is because they “don’t believe in fun being forced on the company by management”. If you have a large number of staff, think about whether it’s better to allow teams to organise their own, more intimate events, rather than having one large night out.

23 per cent of those questioned said they’d prefer a meal with their immediate work team, while seven per cent said that any daytime activity with their team would be preferable to a large evening Christmas do.

Chieu Cao, CMO and co-founder at Perkbox, suggested that businesses take the research onboard and change the way they approach their Christmas parties.

Instead of automatically going for the big festive shindig, they “could even give departments or teams a budget and allow them to choose what they want to do,” he said.

You might want to bear this in mind when you’re trying to decide how best to reward the staff in your Liverpool offices for their hard work throughout the year.

It could also help employees avoid embarrassing themselves or even doing something that leads to disciplinary action. Business Matters recently shared research which found that nine per cent of workers have been disciplined or sacked because of their actions at the work Christmas party.