Public sector scrooges are real party poopers

Public sector employers are the meanest when it comes to giving Christmas parties for staff, according to new research.

Only 27 per cent of public sector employers provide a party or lunch compared to 81 per cent of private sector employers.

Reward Management 2005 by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) also found that despite massive job losses and falls in profits, 69 per cent of the manufacturing and production firms were still willing to throw a Christmas bash.

Charles Cotton, CIPD reward and employment conditions adviser, said employers should remember that Christmas is not the only time when rewards should be given.

“Employers should consider reward throughout the working year,” he said. “Other forms of reward should be considered, such as additional leave days. Employers need to think creatively and select a strategy relevant to both the business and employees needs.”


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