Wednesday, December 6, 2023

The best thing about Christmas in the office is catching up with colleagues

A survey of 2,000 office workers showed that 53% of them love sharing Christmas cheer with their colleagues, and 51% simply love the feeling of their workplace during this time.

Others enjoy learning about other people’s cultures during the season and listening to festive music while working.

After two years of disruptions caused by COVID in the workplace, 64% still appreciate Christmas cheer and 54% are happy to be back.

It was also revealed that 34% of those who don’t currently work five days a week would be open to the idea of commuting in greater numbers to enjoy the festivities.

Simon Venn, from facilities management company Mitie, which commissioned the study, said: “The pandemic gave workers a chance to reassess how much time they spend in the workplace.

“But with Christmas around the corner, it’s hard to resist the festive spirit the office offers.

“It’s great to see so many people enjoy being with colleagues in the office to celebrate the festivities.

“It shows that having a fulfilling work life is as much about having time to come together with colleagues, as the day-to-day role.”


The survey found that 61% of respondents believe spending time together at work is a key method to bring coworkers closer. As many as 46% described their colleagues as friends.

While 38 per cent think it’s more important to spend time with their colleagues at Christmas.

Nearly two-thirds (62%) feel happier at work when Christmas is near. 19% like to be in the office around Christmas because everyone else is happy.

Office workers wouldn’t miss the Christmas atmosphere or the delicious Christmas food.

OnePoll also found that 45 percent of workers embrace Christmas at work by wearing a Christmas jumper on a given day.

41% bake holiday treats for their coworkers.

Simon Venn added: “It’s no wonder people love being at work in December when there’s so much festive atmosphere in the office at this time of year.

“It’s clear that many workers still want the option to work from offices, especially during the Christmas period.

“Spending this time together as a team really helps build those all-important colleague relationships.”

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