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Why the office Christmas party is a night to avoid for one in six workers


It’s that time of year again for the office Christmas party – and for one in six people, it’s one of the worst evenings of the year.

A substantial number dread the festive party season with almost a fifth of workers having lied to try to avoid attending the office do, fearing being forced to make merry with those they share the canteen with on a daily basis a step too far.

Common occurrences at office parties include overly flirtatious banter, the drunk boss, passing out and being crowned the lightweight of the party, or busting out David Brent-style dance moves.

These experiences are echoed across the UK, as 11% of people confess to kissing someone and as many as one in ten adults admit to getting in an argument at their work Christmas party.

Indoor karting company TeamSport has identified the top Christmas party personalities which appear every year:

The bad dancer – The one who thinks they can dance like Beyoncé after one too many, but actually ends up looking like David Brent.

The lightweight – The person who indulges in one too many Christmas tipples and ends up asleep in the corner an hour into the party.

The drunk boss – The one who usually lets their hair down the most, much to the amusement of the rest of the company.

The office flirt – The usually quiet colleague who truly comes out of their shell and outrageously flirts with anyone around them.

The checker inner – The person who is always connected to Facebook and checks everyone in at the party.

The driver – The one who spends the whole night drinking orange juice and regrets driving as they worry about who they will be driving home at the end of the night.

Bah-humbug: many workers could happily miss the office party (Getty)

Fiona Tayler, at TeamSport, said: “Many workplaces will host a Christmas party centred around alcohol and food for their employees, but this new research indicates that people do not actually enjoy these festive celebrations as much as they should.

“A Christmas party is a time to celebrate and socialise with work colleagues, so perhaps employers need to find alternatives to the traditional celebrations and break away from the norm.”