New research commissioned by indoor go-karting company TeamSport, shows that one in six people completely dread attending their work Christmas parties. These traditionally alcohol-fuelled events force 19 per cent of people to actually lie to avoid attending them.
Nearly a quarter of people confessed to Christmas parties being great social occasions amongst colleagues, although many expressed concern as their usual tea-break buddy transforms into the office flirt after indulging in one too many festive drinks.
People said that the main expected behaviour at office parties include flirting, the boss getting drunk, passing out and being crowned the lightweight or busting out some terrible dance moves.
The research revealed that nationwide, 11 per cent of people confess to kissing someone and as many as one in ten adults admitted to getting into an argument with someone at their work Christmas party.
Corporate Events Manager at TeamSport Indoor Karting, Fiona Tayler, says that many workplaces will host their parties centred around food and alcohol, but this new research reveals that people do not actually enjoy these festive celebrations as much as they should.
Tayler adds, ‘A Christmas party is a time to celebrate and socialise with work colleagues, so perhaps employers need to find alternatives to the traditional celebrations and break away from the norm.
‘By offering new ways of socialising through fun activities and adding a competitive element, employees can engage in new experiences together, encouraging the development of new relationships and help team building.’