Matthew Pinto-Chilcott, Owner of Consensus HR comments: Remote working is blamed for pub woes – “Well, this is our first blog that mentions ‘Christmas’, but I am sure there will be many more before Christmas 2022 arrives! Following the last few years and the Pandemic you could say I suppose that this will be the first real Christmas since pre pandemic when families and teams will be able to celebrate as they use to do post Pandemic. However, if these statistics from this survey are to be true, companies may be seeing that their teams are not interested in the old festivities due to working from home.
Christmas & the New Year are times to celebrate and an ideal opportunity for the team to enjoy themselves and celebrate and decorate the office whilst having a team event, but what do you have planned for this year, and nobody wishes to be ruin Christmas or the New Year?
Please ensure as we comment every year that whatever you have planned that your team are fully aware of any company / HR policies so that no forms of unwanted misconduct occur and end up ruining the party for any member of the team. We recommend that businesses have a Policy on behaviour at work related events such as Christmas, so that everyone knows what to expect and can enjoy themselves fully without any repercussions.”
PRESS ARTICLE – Remote working is blamed for pub woes –
The number of office Christmas parties booked this year is a fifth lower than pre-pandemic levels, pubs have reported. The rising number of staff working from home and cost pressures are blamed for the fall in demand. In a normal year, British pubs take in around £2.3bn in December – about one-tenth of their annual income and their most profitable month by far – according to the British Beer and Pubs Association. However, a survey of 5,000 watering holes last week found that festive bookings are down by 20% compared to what was normal before the pandemic. Meanwhile, December bookings for the wider hospitality sector are only slightly below 2019 levels, according to separate analysis by UKHospitality. The industry group’s chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “We are cautiously optimistic. Bookings are coming in, but they tend to come in a little later these days than they did before the pandemic.”