Who will be fired this Christmas?

by 03 Dec 2009

Time to take bets on who will be disciplined this Christmas as there is a one in ten chance somebody you know will mess up at the Christmas party.

A survey by the CIPD in the UK revealed that one in ten people know somebody who has been fired or given a final warning due to their drunken antics at the Christmas party.

Of these, nearly a third said that the reason for action was fighting, and one-fifth (19 per cent) said that threatening behaviour was to blame. The next most commonly reported reasons were sexual harassment (17 per cent), bullying (12 per cent), and other forms of discrimination (8 per cent).

Almost half (46 per cent) said the reason was for “other inappropriate behaviour”, which could include unorthodox use of the office photocopier, amorous activity on company premises, or insulting the boss.

Ben Willmott, senior public policy adviser at the CIPD, said the survey results demonstrated why it is was important that employers reminded staff that inappropriate behaviour would be dealt with in the same way as it would be during normal work time.

“People should feel able to relax and let their hair down. However, it is a good idea for employers to remind their staff that inappropriate behaviour could land them in serious trouble, and even lead to them losing their job in the case of serious misconduct,” he said.

“In the current economic environment with people under increasing pressure at work, there is an added risk that people will drink too much, let off steam, and do something they might regret in the sober light of the next morning.”


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