Worker antics 'cause bosses to rethink Christmas parties'


Worker antics 'cause bosses to rethink Christmas parties'
Many employers could be foregoing the traditional office Christmas party due to the 'morning after effect', one employment lawyer believes.

Speaking to the Scotsman, Innes Clark, employment law partner with Morton Fraser, says that increased absenteeism the day after a festive bash means many managers are starting to think twice about organising events.

Also having a similar effect are cases of employee fights and claims of harassment, often fuelled by drinks at Christmas celebrations.

Mr Innes said: "While traditionally Christmas parties are perceived to be the event at which employees let their hair down, as many as 65 per cent of employers report sacking a staff member following a staff party."

He said that bosses may want to consider limiting the amount of alcohol that can be consumed instead of having free bars.

According to a poll conducted by Monster, 66 per cent of employees said they do not look forward to their work Christmas party.

Such organised fun seldom works, asserts a spokesperson for ClickAJob - as individuals, staff are so different that a ‘one size fits all’ arrangement is doomed to failure.

"It's a kind of corporate blindness that happens over the festive season," he says.

"Throughout the year we all respect and recognise diversity - then along comes the Christmas party and somehow everybody cringes in aversion," he observes.

"Because all staff are different, so are ways in which they like to enjoy themselves – finding out what these are works far better than relying on the boozy Christmas lunch as a common denominator."

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.

Bookmark with:
Bookmark with: Digg Digg Bookmark with: Delicious Bookmark with: Reddit Reddit Bookmark with: StumbleUpon StumbleUpon Bookmark with: Google Google Bookmark with: Technorati Technorati Bookmark with: Netvouz Netvouz

See also:

Latest News:

Search News
News Front Page
Accountancy / Tax
Advertising / PR
Armed Forces
Aviation / Aerospace
Banking / Finance
Charities / Voluntary
Childcare / Youth
Construction / Property
Customer Services
Education / Training / Teaching
Emergency Services
Engineering / Electronics
Entertainment / TV / Theatre
Graduate Roles
HR / Recruitment
Health / Beauty
Hotel / Catering / Restaurants
IT / Internet
Insurance / Pensions
International / Overseas
Management / Business
Manufacturing / Industry
Media / New Media / Creative
Medical / Healthcare
Pharmaceutical Industry
Public Sector
Retail / Wholesale
Sales / Purchasing / Marketing
Science / Technology
Secretarial / PA / Admin
Skilled / Semi-skilled Manual
Transport / Logistics
Travel / Tourism / Leisure