HR most likely to party pash a colleague

by 16 Dec 2011

HR staff are the most likely to kiss a colleague at work Christmas parties, according to (albeit dubious) research by TGI Fridays.

The poll of 2,000 employees showed that 55% of HR professionals have kissed a colleague at a work party.

The survey also revealed that party affection is somewhat superficial – just 2% of workers have declared their love to a colleague at the work Christmas party.

Teachers are the most likely to call in sick after a work function, and travel and leisure workers were the most likely to do a naked flash (a surprising 1 in 10!)

Relationship psychologist, Susan Quilliam, said the survey findings reflect the psychological reality of what is happening at work Christmas parties, and didn’t find the results at all surprising.

“Psychologically, people need an occasional break from the normal social rules and constraints that the workplace in particular can impose. They need just one night when they are able to let loose and do things they maybe would not normally do, but with a get-out-of-jail-free card the next morning,” Quilliam said.

“So long as employees follow the rule of 'do no harm', it is healthy to take time out and forget career stress and strain, office politics, and – in this economic climate – any fears about the future. Getting together in a social setting will bring colleagues together; allow them to see another side of those they work with.”

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