A recent survey by leading outsourced communications company, Moneypenny, shows that Christmas parties and Secret Santas are off for many London offices this year, owing to the current pandemic. The survey showed that 95% of London offices won’t be having a traditional Christmas office party this year, while 10.9% said there won’t be any type of party, virtual or otherwise, or a Secret Santa either, while 38.3% said party plans haven’t yet been decided. Nationally, younger workers aged 18-24 were the most excited about virtual Christmas parties (29%) compared with 11% across all age groups.
The trend for virtual Christmas parties is particularly strong in London where 38% said their office is planning one this year, compared with only 20% of offices in the North West.
In London a higher proportion of workers are excited about a virtual office party than those elsewhere in Great Britain: 19%, compared with only 9% of those surveyed in the North West .
Given the unique circumstances facing businesses this Christmas, the CEO of Moneypenny, Joanna Swash, therefore decided to give a special thank you to the company’s 1,000 employees this Christmas by providing a traditional turkey, ham, or nut roast, for every employee. As a special morale boosting surprise to announce the Christmas gift this week, Joanna sent a special video message for staff in which she unveiled a turkey with all the trimmings.
Joanna commented: “We knew Christmas was going to be very different this year and with our survey showing that virtual Christmas parties are not going to be as well received as the usual office party, we decided to offer all our staff a Christmas dinner on us. We’ve effectively been in our people’s homes with home working for most of the year and we want to say a special thank you to them and their families. Like many businesses across the UK, our employees have had to deal with a huge amount of change to work from home, with new equipment, changes to routines and new forms of communications and they’ve managed it brilliantly, while continuing to deliver a fantastic service to our clients.”
The turkeys, hams and nut roasts, will be delivered to Moneypenny’s Wrexham offices on 23 December in the Turkey Truck. The company has a turkey and tinsel bot ready so its staff can make their choice of meat or nut roast and can choose a collection slot.