The current economic climate has led to some corporate Christmas parties to be cancelled this year, but those employers who are still having the traditional Christmas party nights are allowing more employees to bring their partners, new research has found.
As reported by HR Magazine, figures reported by some event organisers in London indicate that more partners are being invited to their other halves festive bash.
One event venue noted that one in six of the Christmas parties booked through them are encouraging partners to join in with the festivities, compared to one in 13 in 2009. Another event company has noted that over half of the companies that have events booked at their venue have extended the party invitation to their employees partners, compared to 20 per cent last year.
Results of the research also indicated that both companies had seen an increase in the number of daytime events being booked, suggesting celebrating during working hours is becoming more popular.
In a separate poll of 3,000 people in research conducted by The Sun, nearly a third of British office workers admitted to kissing a colleague at last year’s Christmas party, but the statistic is likely to fall with partners now attending.
“The atmosphere is definitely different when other halves are involved. They tend to be more civilised affairs with people spending more time talking and less time drinking,” said one of the venue managers.