Rethinking Christmas Parties

13 Dec
by Suzie Business Owner & Senior HRBP

Over half of businesses planning a festive celebration are concerned that employees won’t be able to afford to attend due to financial constraints.

As a result, 47% of businesses have decided to forgo the Christmas party altogether and explore more resourceful alternatives. Rather than hosting sit-down dinners or extravagant parties, companies are now offering creative ways to support their staff during the holiday season.

This includes providing employees with festive hampers filled with holiday essentials like turkeys, chocolates, and drinks. Some companies are also offering vouchers for popular shopping destinations, while others are simply giving cash.

Surprisingly, a Workplace Christmas Benefits report found that only 10% of UK workers believe arranging a Christmas party is essential, with 42% of those uninterested preferring a bonus or gift instead.

The shift from traditional parties to practical benefits reflects a broader trend in the workplace.

In addition to the cost-of-living crisis, hybrid work arrangements have prompted companies to rethink year-round benefits. In the winter, for example, businesses may partially cover heating, internet, or electricity costs for staff working from home.

While there is still value in rewarding staff with a festive party, many companies believe that ensuring staff financial stability outweighs the benefits of in-person gatherings.

As the cost-of-living crisis continues, the choices made by companies regarding holiday celebrations reflect the evolving work culture.

Balancing financial concerns and maintaining a sense of community and morale remains a challenge, and it’s unclear how these changing end-of-year benefits will impact staff and culture in the long term.

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