A quarter of employers will not hold a Christmas party for staff

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A quarter (25%) of organisations will not provide their workers with a Christmas party this year, according to research by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).

However, its research, which surveyed 1,800 employees, also found that 66% of respondents identify their work Christmas party as a valuable opportunity to build relationships with their colleagues.

The study also found:

  • Just over a quarter of respondents (26%) felt the work Christmas party had positively impacted their career.
  • 80% of respondents have previously witnessed inappropriate behaviour at their Christmas party, including kissing a co-worker (35%) and rudeness (28%).

Kate Cooper, head of research and policy at The Institute of Leadership and Management, said: “Our survey shows people really look forward to their Christmas parties, both as an opportunity to develop relationships with people across an organisation and to celebrate and look back on the past year.

“Christmas parties are an important and eagerly anticipated reward for staff and an opportunity for employers to show how much they value them.”