Over 26% of people won’t attend their office Christmas party this year

Over 26% of people won’t attend their office Christmas party this year
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The holiday season is an exciting time for many across the globe but it’s a very special time in the workplace too.

Of course, one of the highlights of every office calendar is the annual Christmas party. Unfortunately, last year they were put on hold as a result of Covid-19.

According to research conducted by Fishbowl, over two-thirds of professionals on the app 73.45%, want an in-person Christmas event this year while 26.55% would rather call the whole thing off.

According to the same Fishbowl survey, 40.6% of  professionals that wanted an office bash would only attend if it was a fully vaccinated event. However, for many people, vaccine status is still a very personal and private matter. Seemingly, vaccination status may have a big impact on office parties this year.

It’s beginning to look a lot like a Zoom call

Let’s face it, at the end of a long week no one wants to ‘jump’ on another Zoom call, but virtual Christmas parties are here to stay. The difference this year is that people are starting to be a little bit more creative.

Gone are the boring quizzes and awkward party games. Instead, offices are hiring professional cocktail instructors, forking out for demos by top chefs, and even paying for celebrity appearances or live music. If companies want to combat Zoom fatigue they will need to think outside the box and fast.

It’s the most wonderful time of the day

In the past, work Christmas parties were strictly after-hour affairs. Often, companies would splurge and take their employees away for the night to a plush hotel or country house. But, as companies start to assess what their employees are comfortable with this holiday season, many are deciding to go for workplace Christmas lunches.

Of course, there are lots of perks to this idea. Lunch on the company, no hangover the next day and it’s also a nice way to spend time with your coworkers without it being overwhelming.

All I want for Christmas is a gift… card

The last 18- months have been hard on everybody so employers may want to show just how much they appreciate their staff. After all, many people have juggled homeschooling kids, dealt with isolation, and continued to hit their targets all while dealing with a global pandemic.

As a result, some companies may opt for a gift this year rather than splurging on a lavish Christmas party. Popular items this year will include things like prepaid credit cards, restaurant, and hotel vouchers, or luxury food baskets. For many employees, these festive tokens will be more important than free drinks and a live band.

 

Courtesy of Jobbio.

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