Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Is Your Boss a Scrooge?

Fewer than four in ten office workers will definitely have a Christmas party this year, according to new research from YouGov. For many companies, 2009 has been a very difficult year, with redundancies, client losses and cutbacks affecting finances and morale. Many companies have decided that this Christmas it is inappropriate to hold a Christmas party: it may be insensitive to anyone who has lost their job recently, and anyone who has experienced a recession-induced pay freeze may well prefer to see any available cash heading to their pay packets rather than an evening of wine and canap├ęs.

In some cases, the media can also have an impact. I can just see the Daily Mail now, showing “revellers” pouring out of their offices to “squander taxpayers’ money” (and if it really is taxpayers’ money, I might be inclined to agree with them just this once)!

However, I really think that wherever possible, companies should be trying to get out and celebrate with their employees. In many ways, it’s more important this year than ever, with morale having taken a battering during the recession. Employers should be showing their staff that their redoubled efforts have not gone unnoticed, and it’s a great opportunity to build internal relationships.

Luckily, here at Cirkle we’ve continued to grow throughout the last two years, and our brilliant leadership team know how important it is to let off some steam together once in a while, so we’ll be having a lovely Christmas lunch and late night drinking as usual. I really look forward to our Christmas do and it’s one of the only opportunities I have to talk to my colleagues about something other than press releases and trade shows!

Are you having a Christmas party this year? How do you feel about it? Leave a comment...

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  1. This year we are not having a subsidy but that will not stop our team partying - and the direct bosses will join in and (hopefully) put their hands in their pockets to show their appreciation of all our hard work this year.

    But on the other hand, at least we still have jobs - a number of people will not be having a company party this year as they have no jobs.

    Roll on the end of the recession.

  2. We're having our party in January. It's cheaper than doing it at Christmas time, but has all the benefits of getting people at work to socialise. I agree, Rebecca, parties are important!


  3. 100% agree Steve, it's a tough period at the moment and any celebration is positive! Fingers crossed in getting your bosses pockets empty!

    Rachel, loving the January party idea... it means you don't have the Post-Christmas blues as your celebrations go on into Jan.