Companies shouldn't feel ashamed about events

Companies shouldn’t feel ashamed about holding events at function venues to reward their staff, as to not do so would mean a “basic breach” of the employment contract.

That’s the opinion of businessman Nigel Cooper, who spoke out about the media’s hounding of companies who treat their staff to the odd night out.

According to him, in recent years, companies have felt forced to cancel their Christmas parties or work nights out, due to the struggling economy. Some have even held their events in secret for fear of being branded excessive spenders. This isn’t the right attitude, Cooper said.

“Private companies that profit as the result of their own and their staff’s hard work must realise the danger of not saying thank you in the right way because of the witch-hunt of public perception,” the business expert argued on

“When rewards for hard work and performance are due, they should be paid. It’s a basic breach of contract if they are not. They is a danger that [staff] will be de-motivated and tempted to move elsewhere if their efforts are not being recognised and rewarded.”

Cooper cited companies such as HSBC and Apple as those who have continued to reward their staff throughout the recession yet still “thrived” financially.

Although HSBC was one of the few banks that did not require a government bail-out, it still got a beating in the press for rewarding its staff appropriately. As Cooper pointed out, Steve Jobs of Apple fame wouldn’t have encountered the same press bashing, so it really is a bug bear for only the British media.

Cooper concluded by summing up his thoughts on “Having a culture of success if important not only for a thriving business but for a thriving economy. Let us not dampen our potential in the wake of public perception.”