One in four professionals dread the work Christmas party

The work Christmas party is upon us, yet over one in four (27.3 per cent) professionals admit to dreading the office party.

The festive season is upon us, and that can only mean one thing – the work Christmas party! Yet a new study from CV-Library reveals that more than one in four (27.3 per cent) professionals admit to dreading the office party. This figure increased to almost a third (31.4 per cent) amongst those aged 45-54.

The survey of 1,300 UK professionals, explored the views of workers when it came to the work Christmas party and found that one in four (24.5 per cent) confessed to often getting drunk at these events. What’s more, over one in ten (12.8 per cent) have made a fool of themselves as a result, with this figure rising increasing to 16.7 per cent amongst 35-44 year olds.

The top causes for post-Christmas party embarrassment include:

  • Embarrassing yourself dancing – 31.4 per cent
  • Kissing one of your colleagues – 25.9 per cent
  • Throwing up in front of people – 20.5 per cent
  • Spilling your drink everywhere – 18.4 per cent
  • Falling over in front of your co-workers – 16.2 per cent

However despite these blunders, more than half (59.4 per cent) admit that they do enjoy these events. What’s more, 39.8 per cent said that their employer does put a lot of effort into preparing the work Christmas party.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments, ‘The Christmas party is a great opportunity to celebrate the festive season, and encourage your staff to socialise and get to know one another outside the work environment. As such, it’s a shame to see that so many workers are becoming nervous beforehand, especially given that it’s supposed to be a fun event for staff to let their hair down.

‘If you’re organising a Christmas party for your workforce, try to get feedback on the types of activities they enjoy, this could help to reduce their pre-party nerves. Also, ensure that if you’re serving alcohol there is food available, otherwise employees could risk becoming too drunk. But most importantly, put thought into your event and show your employees how much you appreciate their hard work throughout the year’

The survey also asked respondents whether they get dressed up for the Christmas party, with 54.8 per cent saying that they do. That said, one in ten (10.9 per cent) confessed that they don’t enjoy doing so. Interestingly, more than half (58.9 per cent) say that they would not dress more conservatively than normal, despite this being a work event.

CV-Library also shares its top tips to Christmas party success, below:

1. Make an effort – This is a chance to celebrate the festive season and a year of hard work. Even if you don’t have the biggest budget, do your best with what you’ve got. Put thought into your Christmas party and show your staff you appreciate their loyalty and hard work.

2. Remain professional – Just because you are no longer in the office, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t act professionally. Avoid office gossip and certainly don’t divulge any confidential information. This is especially important when you’re the boss!

3. Set a dress code – To avoid any potentially embarrassing situations or inappropriate outfits, set a dress code for your staff – even if it’s a very loose one. Smart/casual or sparkles normal do the trick!

4. Make sure there’s food – If there’s alcohol, there also needs to be food. Parties can often lead to a few too many rounds of drinks and food is a great way to keep staff safe and within their limits.

5. Don’t talk shop – And finally, you may be surrounded by people from work – but try to avoid talking about it. Leave work at the office and encourage staff to enjoy themselves and blow off some steam.

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Owen Gough, SmallBusiness UK

Owen Gough

Owen was a reporter for Bonhill Group plc writing across the and titles before moving on to be a Digital Technology reporter for the

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