Unless you’ve missed the memo it’s highly likely that plans are already underway for your annual Christmas shindig, however new research has revealed that a large number of UK workers secretly dread their Christmas party!
One in six questioned in an independent survey of over 1,000 adults admitted they’d lied to get out of the alcohol fuelled festivities. Females were the worst culprits with 20 per cent admitting to being dishonest compared to 16 per cent of men.
Just 24 per cent thought that parties were a good way of socialising with colleagues and common bugbears included sharing a kiss, arguing and waking up to embarrassing photos on social media!
So what are the alternatives to the traditional work Christmas party? Here are some ideas…
Shop till you drop
With Christmas markets up and down the country you’re never far away from festive shopping fun. Instead of paying for a formal meal why not give all of your staff a surprise bonus to spend on seasonal treats? Most of the larger markets have food and drink on sale and mulled wine tastes all the better outside under the fairy lights. Plus it’s an opportunity to get your secret Santa gifts sorted!
Christmas get-togethers can provide a good opportunity for staff to have a laugh and bond – without a headache the next morning! Consider an activity like bowling, paintballing or climbing for a different Christmas experience. That way everyone can work up an appetite for their Christmas dinner.
It’s true that pantomimes are an acquired taste and might not go down so well with all of your work colleagues, however there’s often a wealth of plays, shows and concerts in the run up to Christmas. If you’re stuck on what to go for then consider putting all the suggestions into a hat and picking one out. Sharing a cultural experience can give everyone something to remember and discuss (rather than gossiping about who was the most drunk!).
Spread the Christmas cheer
The festive period is seen as a time for over-indulgence but if your staff really aren’t into the idea of the traditional Christmas work party then consider giving the money you would have spent on it to a charity or good cause. This will create a positive lasting memory of Christmas 2016 and will give everyone in the office a happy glow rather than an embarrassed tone!