The biggest office Christmas party regrets – by region

Scots office workers’ biggest Christmas party regret is asking for a promotion or pay rise, while HR professionals are the wildest 

A UK survey has revealed who the rowdiest and wildest departments are at the office Christmas party, surprising regrets from office workers and top tips to give yourself before yours (if you haven’t already had it yet).
Online printer instantprint conducted research among 2,000 office workers, asking a range of questions based on what happens at their office Christmas party, as well as any awkward encounters they’ve experienced.
From office workers asking their CEO for a new job, to chasing their boss around on the dance floor and falling through a marquee during a director’s speech, it’s fair to say, some office workers have behaved very badly at their office Christmas party.
Surprisingly, HR was revealed to be the wildest discipline at the work Christmas party, with 40% of HR workers having considered handing in their notice the day after their party.
Furthermore, 51% of HR workers admit they felt nervous about going into work the day after the party and 52% admitted they have said something which they regret.
But it’s not just the HR workers who have sore heads the day after, the survey revealed that overall the marketing and sales department are the rowdiest or cause the most trouble at the Christmas party. Plus, Senior Management are deemed to show their true colours at parties and act differently to how they would normally act in the office.
According to the results, office workers in the North East are the region which party the hardest. But, they’re not the only area full of regrets the day after, Scotland’s biggest regret is asking for a pay rise, South East are full of regrets about admitting fancying a colleague and Yorkshire and the Humber must not to be trusted, as their biggest regret is sharing co-worker’s secrets.
From the survey, the top 10 tips office workers give themselves before the Christmas party are:
1. Have a glass of water in between alcoholic drinks.
2. Don’t tell colleagues what you really think of them.
3. Make sure you eat dinner beforehand.
4. Book the next day off.
5. Avoid deep conversations with the boss.
6. Avoid the office creep.
7. Dress appropriately – don’t wear too short a dress/don’t unbutton down shirt.
8. Shots after 11pm are not a good idea.
9. Give yourself a curfew.
10. Just don’t go.
Co-founder of instantprint, James Kinsella, said: “The office Christmas party is the perfect opportunity to bond with your team mates and let your hair down at the end of the year. However, some office workers feel anxious about attending their work Christmas party in case they embarrass themselves or do something they later regret.
“We hope that this research will provide office workers with a few words of advice on surviving the much-anticipated Christmas party, along with some entertaining stories, so they can relax and enjoy the festivities.”
Back in July 2017, instantprint conducted a survey, quizzing 500 senior operatives in the UK to discover what employees do which secretly drives their boss mad and what an employee can do to get on their boss’ good side.
You can enjoy further statistics and funny Christmas party confessions over on the instantprint website.
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