Office party falls victim to tough economic times

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Even though the party season is now in full swing, a fifth of UK employees say that they are not having an office Christmas party this year.

According to research undertaken by recruitment specialist OfficeTeam, a further third say that they’d rather spend time with close friends than with workmates, while almost a quarter believe they deserve a party after such a difficult year at work.

OfficeTeam director Phil Booth said: “The office Christmas party is still an important motivator for employees who have been working hard all year, so it’s a shame to see that so many companies have decided not to go ahead with parties.

“For employees, setting resolutions to not overindulge or engage in questionable behaviour with colleagues and bosses might be a good first step to ensuring a smooth and shame-free Christmas party.

“While it’s important to relax and let your hair down, we’d always advise people to take it easy at office functions, as overstepping the mark may become a career-limiting move.”