Magazine article Management Services

UK Organisations Give Christmas the Cold Turkey

Magazine article Management Services

UK Organisations Give Christmas the Cold Turkey

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Organisations across the UK are failing to reward their staff at Christmas, but employees are showing camaraderie by creating their own festive cheer, according to the latest survey conducted by the Chartered Management Institute.

The research reveals that despite expectations, almost 80 per cent of organisations no longer give a Christmas bonus and more than half require staff to work during the festive period. This lack of merriment appears to be a growing trend, as twelve months ago almost 90% of the managers questioned said that their organisation provides a Christmas party, compared to just two-thirds, this year.

Of those companies willing to host festivities, 65% demand that staff contribute to the events. Over three-quarters (76%) ask employees to pay £20 or more towards workplace celebrations, but requests for contributions differ widely across regions. Only 30% of employees in Wales are asked to put their hand in their pocket, compared to almost 80 per cent in the North-East. The research also shows that organisations fear business will suffer during the run up to Christmas because of a tendency to party. Over one-fifth specifically claim 'morning after' absenteeism as a problem and one-third reveal concerns over staff shortages and supplier payments.

"Christmas may only come once a year, but it is a regular event which should be planned for," says Karen Charlesworth, head of research at the Institute.

"Rather than bemoan potential disruption, organisations should make provisions and consider the long-term benefit of showing appreciation to their staff. …

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