Are managers more Scrooge or Santa this season
A new poll of over 1,200 UK managers published by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) shows that most bosses clearly recognise the role of the Christmas bash in rewarding staff and celebrating success at the end of a hard year – but some remain more Scrooge than Santa when it comes to seasonal festivities.
The survey found that:
Patrick Woodman, Head of Research at CMI, commented on the findings:
“Celebrating the festive season is as much about business as it is about bubbles , yet some employers may be more Scrooge than Santa where staff parties are concerned. This should be the time of year to reward teams for their efforts and achievements, so it’s a shame many employees are set to shun Christmas parties this year.”
“However, most managers agree that a Christmas ‘do’ is an important way of showing their appreciation to staff and – despite the stereotypes – most agree that the benefits outweigh any risk of misbehaviour. Whether it’s the traditional evening party, a lunch or an alternative activity, it’s good for business to bring teams together and celebrate the end of a hard year.”
With high numbers of managers reporting that they’ll be doing work over the Christmas break, he adds:
“Of course some organisations stay open across the festive period, whether that’s essential services like healthcare or global industries where Christmas bank holidays don’t apply. But many managers will also be picking up work at home over the break and emails are never far away. It’s important that employees are encouraged to switch off for a few days to recharge the batteries for next year.”
The sample of 1,253 managers spans respondents from across a wide range of economic sectors, sizes of organisations and levels of management seniority.
Full press release on www.managers.org.uk
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