1st December 2021
Santa is working out whether you’ve been naughty or nice and
Michael Bublé is warming his vocal cords up.
It can only mean one thing: Christmas is on its way! There are just 26 days until the big day, so final planning and preparation for workplace Christmas parties are ramping up across the country.
Over the weekend, Prime Minister Boris Johnson seemingly gave the green light to those who have plans for the festive season when he declared: “I'm pretty confident to absolutely confident this Christmas will be considerably better than last Christmas.”
But the Prime Minister has tightened Covid restrictions, making face coverings in shops and on public transport in England compulsory, while in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland they remain mandatory on public transport and in many indoor areas.
Plenty of companies will have their festive period working hours, staffing requirements and supply needs organised, but what about the Christmas party? For many this could be the first time all employees have been able to socialise together for nearly two years.
The chance to catch up face-to-face in an informal setting is a valuable one for building that team spirit and helping to edge closer to ‘normality’.
It’s also the perfect opportunity for businesses to thank teams and show that their hard work during the difficult time is appreciated.
But before you go ahead and enjoy socialising with colleagues, there are some things worth considering:
Some companies might not feel a Christmas party is worth jeopardising months of working from home, social distancing, and mask wearing for just one night of the year.
So, are there any alternatives to going out as a business to a venue and partying the night away during the festive season?
It’s set to be an interesting run up to Christmas with the pandemic still having a big impact on what people can and can’t do.