IT directors would rather cancel Christmas than join the office party

IT managers see Christmas as a chore that has no place at work, according to a survey of 467 IT directors by the Chartered...

IT managers see Christmas as a chore that has no place at work, according to a survey of 467 IT directors by the Chartered Management Institute.

Many IT directors think that office parties are hard work, disruptive and dull and reject traditional ways of marking the season's celebrations with colleagues.

Less than half of those questioned had an office party, which is below the national average of 61%. One in 10 suggested the reason is a lack of enthusiasm, another 35% said Christmas celebrations at work are a chore and less than half actually enjoy work festivities.

Up to 41% complained that seasonal activities created problems of availability as colleagues or clients were inaccessible. A further 41% said the Christmas season is disruptive, only 17% wanted to entertain key business contacts and few believed the festivities boosted morale.

A mere 3% said they give gifts to colleagues. Secret Santa will also be climbing down fewer IT office chimneys this year, with only two IT managers out of 10 running mystery gift schemes.

But the results showed that although cynicism towards festivities in the workplace is prevalent among IT managers, they choose not to reject Christmas completely.

Up to 74% see the festive period as a time to re-charge their batteries and 44% said it was a chance to see friends and family.

Bruce Reed, IT director at Alliance-Unichem, said he would rather enjoy the festivities with friends and family than colleagues.

"I enjoy Christmas not for Christmas itself but for how many days off in a row I can have without using lots of holiday," he said.

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