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Tuesday, 3 December, 2002, 11:39 GMT
Knees up can spell career mess up
Christmas party
Nearly half of Christmas partygoers have danced "inappropriately"
The Christmas party season is upon us and this is a good excuse for merrymaking.

Research from Momentum Financial Services has revealed the nation's office party plans and some of the more outrageous behaviour that goes on at the Christmas do.

Nearly half the working population, 13.2 million people, will attend a Christmas party.

However, not all employees will be joining in the festivities as one fifth of the workforce, 4.85 million, are employed by companies that do not have a Christmas party.

Embarrassment

Not having a Christmas party could be a blessing in disguise for many,

If the results of the survey of 1,225 adults were applied to the population as a whole, 2.3 million people would have done something embarrassing at past bashes.

  • 44% admitted to dancing inappropriately
  • 31% have kissed a colleague
  • 23% have been sick in public
  • 22% have been rude to the boss
  • 22% admitted to flashing a part of their anatomy.

In a sign that the economic slowdown may be beginning to bite, nearly half the workers surveyed had been asked to contribute to the cost of the party this year.

When asked whether they would rather attend the party or have the equivalent lump sum that the company would have spent on them, a third said they would rather take the cash.

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23 Nov 01 | England
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