Over 50% of employees dread the office Christmas party

Nearly a third of employees do not have an office Christmas party, according to new research. And of those who do, 54 per cent of employees do not look forward to the celebrations.

1,000 UK workers participated in the survey, carried out by the global leader in employee engagement technology, to find out what companies do for their employees for Christmas and what employees actually think about these reward and recognition practices.

It’s not all bah-humbug for the Christmas party – 18 per cent of people said it was the office highlight of the year, and it was especially popular with the 16 – 34 year olds.  When asked if their employer does anything nice for the entire company over the festive period, of the 39 per cent who have an office Christmas party.

Debra Corey, Group Reward Director at Reward Gateway said, “It’s great to see so many organisations finding ways to reward and recognise their employees in some way for the festive season.  A Christmas party can be a great way to do this, but as the survey shows, they’re not right for everyone.“

“A strong reward and recognition strategy is the starting point and a must for businesses who want to attract, engage and retain the very best. Whatever you do this Christmas, it should be part of a wider year-long strategy, and not stand on its own. A Christmas party is the cherry on top, rather than the foundation of the strategy. Having the right reward and recognition tools in place will result in happier, more productive employees.”