New research from e-recruitment platform, IrishJobs.ie, reveals that many workplaces have already abandoned plans for their festive celebrations this year.
The research carried out among 2,610 employees in Ireland found that 42% of workplaces will not host any form of Christmas party this year, with a further 10% postponing their plans for a workplace Christmas event until Covid restrictions have been lifted.
Eighty four percent of workplaces typically host a Christmas party for employees every year. However, only 14% will host a party this festive season. Of those who will host a workplace Christmas party this year, 9% will host a virtual party while 3% plan to have a party in the workplace under socially distanced guidelines. Two per cent hope to secure a booking in a restaurant or pub in line with Government guidelines.
A total of 26% of employees do not know if their workplace will hold a Christmas party this year. While 8% say that they never host Christmas parties in work.
When it comes to Christmas socialising this year, four in 10 employees think that it would be irresponsible to host a Christmas party given the current Covid risks. A total of 30% think it would be more trouble than it is worth given current restrictions and risks.
Aside from Christmas parties, the research also suggests that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a wider impact on workplace socialising levels for most workplaces. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, 94% of workplaces held regular social events, with four in ten holding a social activity for employees at least once a quarter.
Throughout the pandemic, this has decreased significantly with 81% of employees saying that they no longer have any workplace social activities. For those who have continued with workplace events, the large majority of these events have been online, with only 10% of employees stating that they’ve met with colleagues in person.
Commenting on the research, General Manager at IrishJobs.ie, Orla Moran said, "Workplace Christmas parties have always served as an important fixture in the professional calendar. Unfortunately, this year, the traditional Christmas party is no longer a viable option due to Covid restrictions. However, it is important that we continue to look for creative ways to overcome these practical challenges."
She added, "Whether it is a virtual after work event, or a get together in a public space once Government guidelines allow, a conscious effort should be made to ensure that there is dedicated time allocated for workplace socialising in the weeks ahead to help boost morale and recognise the hard work and resilience of employees at the close of a uniquely challenging year."