Businesses still intend to let their hair down at Christmas party
The Christmas party still remains a strong tradition amongst small and medium sized business (SMEs), according to a survey conducted by The HR Dept, a national outsourced HR business.
Despite the Queen cancelling her staff Christmas party this year, 58% of SMEs surveyed stated they would holding a Christmas party in some form.
Though Santa traditionally delivers presents, it appears this tradition is not continuing in the workplace as nearly two thirds of SMEs surveyed, decided against buying gifts for their staff.
With the rise of office ‘secret Santa’s’ and a potential focus on a staff party as a reward, it is not surprising that many employers are deciding against presents. Somme 66% seem to be aware that you can spend more money per head on a party itself than buying gifts at certain higher values and making it deductable to HMRC for both employers and employees.
Sue Tumelty, director of The HR Dept, says: “Although letting your hair down may seem like a good idea, many firms shy away from providing open bars or organising pub crawls in the modern times because of the religious sensitivities and potential HR issues that can come from the party with too much alcohol involved, whether the behaviour of people or even how they get home. The key is to always remind your staff that a Christmas office party is still an extension of the workplace; normal rules about behaviour still apply.”