Off Message: Office Christmas parties are a social minefield

The festive gatherings are almost duty-bound to end in tears - so why do we keep going to them?

11th December, 2016
The Christmas party plan: arrive late, have one expensive drink, leave early

More than 90 per cent of Irish employees would rather that their companies spent money on giving them a bonus than fund a Christmas party, research by revealed last week.

This is not new information, as it happens. Every year, someone undertakes a survey asking people how important the annual Christmas party is to them. The answer is always the same: most of us couldn’t care less either way. We have enough to be...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Get basic

*New subscribers only

You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly



Unlimited Access for 2 Years

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

Private rental sector remains strong despite Covid-19

How the programme for government will shape housing

Insight Niall Byrne 2 months ago

Comment: US must defuse Covid-19’s ticking time bomb of debt

Insight Todd G Buchholz 3 months ago

Comment: The recovery will be more U than V-shaped

Insight Larry Hatheway 3 months ago