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Previous research finds that...

  • A 2017 survey conducted by Eventbrite found that, on average, Australian workplace spend $9722 on their work Christmas party. Four percent of Australian businesses will spend more than $100,000 on their Christmas party (Eventbrite, 2017).
  • The same survey found that thirty-five percent of employees would be attending a Christmas party, twenty-seven a lunch, twenty percent a cocktail party, twenty-six percent a sit-down dinner and seven percent an activity or experiential party (Eventbrite, 2017).
  • Eventbrite found that forty-eight percent of Australian employers will invite employees partners to the pre-Christmas gathering, while thirty-six percent will invite their customers (2017).
  • A survey conducted by the Tourism and Transport Forum Australia found that 70% of respondents thought the boss should cover the cost of the work Christmas party (TTF 2015). Among those, twenty-two percent also thought the boss should also be covering the transport home for the attendees.
  • A survey conducted by InstantPrint, a UK company, found that those who work in Human Resources departments spend most on their Christmas party outfits - £181.61 (or 349.68 AUD). Additionally, they found that fifty-one percent of Human Resources employees were nervous about attending work the day following the party (InstantPrint 2017).

These findings suggest that workplace Christmas parties can be a positive influence on workplace comradery and morale, while others feel that these celebrations can put a strain on employee’s budgets and working relationships.

Relationships Australia conducted a survey this festive season to understand how our website users view pre-Christmas get-togethers and to understand more about how they affect our working relationships.

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