In a survey of 2,000 home and office workers, 53% of respondents said they view the annual party as a strategic opportunity to network and build contacts. However, 38% of people admitted to drinking too much at previous parties, with 24% waking up the next day regretting their behaviour.
It seems that home workers are the worst behaved, with 13% of them saying they had verbally abused a colleague. For office-based workers the figure was lower, at 7%. 27% of workers said kissing the boss is the biggest party faux-pas, but 18% admitted they had done it – rising to 22% of home workers.
When asked what the worst thing about the Christmas party is, 44% said it’s having to spend time with colleagues they don’t know or like, 33% said it’s having to deal with drunken colleagues, and 21% said it’s having to restrain themselves in front of colleagues.
There was no clear preference when asked about their ideal Christmas party. 31% of respondents said they would prefer a civilised lunch, closely followed by a swanky evening do (28%), and then drinks down the pub (22%).
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