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As the holiday season approaches, one of the top things on employees’ minds is – will there be a holiday party?

According to a new survey from OfficeTeam, 93% of senior managers polled said their company will be hosting year-end festivities. These activities range from on-site and off-site parties (48%) to office decorations (45%).

With 41% of organisations planning to spend more, and only 7% anticipating a cost cut, does this translate into an unwritten rule on attendance? As indicated by 66% of managers, the unwritten rule that all employees should attend remains no matter the budget.

When it comes to the holiday season, apart from the parties and office decorations, there is the question of to give or not to give?

The findings revealed 58% of workers hand out year-end presents in the office. Half of those employees provide gifts to their colleagues, while 35% give one to their boss. Interestingly, a majority (84%) reported they are not giving out presents because they want to, but because they feel obligated to.

Stephanie Naznitsky, executive director of OfficeTeam, said: “Hosting holiday parties is a great way to recognize employees for their hard work throughout the year. Celebrations don’t have to be elaborate to be enjoyable. Companies that go the extra mile to plan meaningful events that bring teams together will be rewarded with higher engagement.”

Infographic / OfficeTeam

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