One of three employees in Quebec doesn’t appreciate the office Christmas party!

According to a CROP survey conducted for the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés (CRHA) among 509 Quebec employees in November 2011, not everyone is enthusiastic about the idea of an office Christmas party.  

When asked what the Christmas party meant to them:   

  • 13% reported they consider it an obligation and
  • 21% thought it had outlived its usefulness. 

Together, these figures amount to 34% of employees who are reluctant to attend the Christmas party! 

But on a more positive note for employers:  

  • 47% of respondents see the party as a form of recognition that they appreciate and
  • 19% view it as the best opportunity of the year to forge better relations with their co-workers. 

Christmas parties less popular

This year, only 61% of employees reported that their workplace will be hosting a Christmas party, versus 76% in 2008 when the country was in the midst of an economic crisis.  

“The economy hasn’t yet returned to pre-recession levels, but it is doing better than in 2008. And given that it’s more important than ever to recognize employees’ contribution, it’s unclear why many employers aren’t organizing a party this year,” commented Florent Francoeur, CHRP, Ordre president and CEO. 

Quebec City more festive than other regions

Curiously, 74% of respondents in the Quebec City region indicated they will be having a Christmas party, compared to 56% in the Montreal area and 65% in other regions of the province.  

As well, 36% of employees in the Quebec City area think the party is an opportunity to strengthen team spirit in the workplace, an opinion shared by only 17% of workers in the Montreal region. 

Fairly moderate alcohol control and consumption

As for limiting alcohol intake, 40% of respondents who will be having a Christmas party at work said that their employer will be taking steps to prevent incidents triggered by excessive alcohol consumption.  

A party for the privileged few?

Most university-educated employees in Quebec (80%) will enjoy an office Christmas party this year, compared to 52% of less educated employees. However, university graduates also constitute the group that includes the biggest percentage of those who feel obliged to attend the festivities (19%). Only 9% of less educated workers feel this obligation, while 54% of them reported that they considered the event a form of recognition (versus 34% of those with higher education levels). 

“It’s a shame that many employers neglect this opportunity not only to promote closer relations between their employees, but also to recognize their workforce’s contribution to the organization. The Christmas party is a chance to thank employees and managers that underestimate its impact are making a big mistake,” concluded Francoeur. 

To learn more
For the complete CROP-CRHA survey findings, click here. (in French only).

About the Ordre

With close to 8,500 members, the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés is the fifth largest association of its kind in the world. It is the only organization in Quebec mandated to award human resources professionals a title certifying their competency.  

The Ordre is a leader in employee management practices. Committed to innovation, it supports the ongoing development of human resources professionals (CHRPs) and industrial relations counsellors (CIRCs), thus helping to maintain a healthy balance between employee well-being and organizational success. It is vigilant in ensuring that this multifaceted function promotes leading-edge solutions that address the major issues impacting the workforce.

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