Employees admit to 'regrettable behaviour' at Christmas parties, Monster poll shows


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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.


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