Employees admit to 'regrettable behaviour' at Christmas parties, Monster poll shows
HR Editorial, December 13, 2011
One in 10 employees admits to having done something either extremely regrettable at their office Christmas party and been fired because of it (4%), or have acted in a way that was somewhat regrettable and damaged their career/reputation (5%).
But 63% of the 3,699 employees surveyed by Monster have never done anything regrettable at an office party.
UK respondents appear more red in the face with 9% admitting they had acted in a way that was extremely regrettable at an office party and were fired as a result, closely followed by respondents in Finland (7%) and The Netherlands (6%).
At the other end of the spectrum, only 2% of French respondents admitted to being fired because of regrettable behaviour.
Meanwhile, 15% of all European respondents answered that they have done something mildly regrettable which caused embarrassment for a few days, followed by Canada (12%) and the US (10%).
Nearly 14% of Europeans admitted to having misbehaved at an office party, but felt no guilt and experienced no career repercussions, compared to 19 percent of respondents in Canada and 14% of respondents in the US.
The majority of respondents in Italy (82%), France (80%) and Germany (75%) said they had never done anything regrettable at an office party.
The results of the current Monster Global Poll are based on votes cast by Monster visitors from 1 November to 15 November 2011. Only one vote per user is counted toward the final tabulation.