It’s finally that time of the year, office Christmas party season.
It’s the one night of the year when colleagues down tools, drink too many Jaeger bombs, dance without shame and sing along to ”All I want for Christmas” at the top of their lungs.
These annual nights out are a great way to let your hair down and bond with your colleagues. Plus, they’re usually a lot of fun…if you behave yourself that is.
A worrying new statistic has claimed that one in ten Britons is disciplined, or, in some cases, fired from their jobs after a big Christmas night out. Talk about a hangover!
The research was carried out by AfterDrink.com. They polled 2,194 people who all claimed to have attended at least one Christmas party.
The study found that office jaunts usually cause a lot of chaos.
A whopping 89% of people said they’d drunk at a Christmas do. 65% said they’d drunk too much booze at a work Christmas do, with a majority saying over-drinking had impacted their behaviour negatively. No surprise there.
However, 9% of the respondents said their actions at a Christmas party had led to their dismissal or disciplinary action. When asked what this was in response to, 23% said it was because they’d said something inappropriate, and 21% said it was because they’d got into a verbal or physical fight with a colleague or boss. 16% said they’d been caught doing drugs, 14% said it was because they’d been caught having sex with a colleague. A further 11% said they’d been told off/ sacked for inappropriate behaviour such as nudity or lewd comments.
As for participants who asked to leave work shortly following the Christmas party, 8% had, with 29% putting this down to having kissed or had sex with a colleague who they couldn’t face working with anymore.
Bet you don’t feel so bad about your questionable dance moves now, eh? If you have your Christmas party this week do yourself a favour and take it easy. You might need your job in January.