Were you one of the 1 in 4 that missed out on a Christmas party last year? According to a survey by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) a quarter of organisations decided not to give their teams a party. This was a bit of a blow to some, as over half of the people surveyed said that the Christmas party was a highlight of their working year. The research also said companies that did have a party, expected employees to either pay part of, or the entire price of the evening.
So where has this new trend of being a Christmas Grinch come from? Well, it’s thought an increase in wild antics at the party and the hangovers the next day are some of the reasons. New statistics found that 30 percent of those surveyed admitted to going into work the next day with a hangover and 14 percent of managers said that they had to reprimand staff for their behaviour at a party. Another 77 percent said they had seen their colleagues drink too much!
However, Rune Sovndahl, CEO and co-founder of Fantastic Services, believes that a good party is a great way to raise morale. He said: “The office Christmas party is always a night to remember…sometimes for the right reasons and sometimes for the wrong ones. Whilst we’ve all heard the horror stories, but a well-planned party can be the perfect way to end the year and celebrate the successes of your business, with the people who helped make it happen. However as a business owner myself I know the Christmas party can also be a big expense. With January always being a time that brings about change, many companies will be mindful that they don’t want to go too big on budget due to the inevitable spending freeze that takes place at the turn of the year. However, without blowing your budget, there are a few simple things you can do to plan the perfect office party.” He recommended offering beer and wine instead of spirits, to avoid things getting ‘messy’, or holding your party in the New Year when prices are lower.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom from the new survey. According to the ILM, 26 percent felt that their company party had positively impacted their career, and 66 percent of workers said one of the key benefits of a Christmas party is to improve colleague relationships, and to get to know each other. So, there’s proof that your party can make your team feel appreciated, boost morale and even promote employee loyalty. Moral of the story, have a party! Your teams deserve it!